I hope you enjoy making this cute little birdseed ornament recipe as much as the birds enjoy eating them!!! This tutorial is inspired by the “nature themed” Target wedding I posted last week. I showed the heart shaped birdseed ornaments as favors to give to the guests. These would be cute to give as wedding favors, but would also be a fun little gift to give a friend or teacher at Christmas.
Things needed for this project:
Makes 1 Large ornament or 2 med/small size
3/4 c. Birdseed – (I purchased this birdseed mix from Target)
1 sm packet of Knox
Twine, raffia or wire for hanger (don’t use bright colored ribbon, it scares the birds away)
a mold of some sort….. I used a heart shaped cookie cutter
1/4 c. water
Dissolve a packet of Knox in 1/4 c. of water, bring to simmer and stir until dissolved. Let cool slightly.
Add 3/4 c. bird seed and mix very well until seeds are coated. Notice the picture of the birdseed in the pan, I don’t have a lot of excess liquid…if you have a lot of puddling add a little more seed.
Spoon the seeds into a mold, filling it half way up, and pressing down to make sure it is well packed. Lay tied twine on top of the pressed seed, and fill up the rest of the way so twine is fully covered. I put mine in the freezer for a few hours so I could easily unmold the ornament. Let it dry out for a few days …flipping it so it drys out completely on both sides and all the way through. You want it really hard and totally dried out so you can hang it in your tree. Position it in a place where birds can rest and eat.
**I just added a few revisions to the instructions. Someone mentioned in a comment that their ornament got moldy after it was sitting a few days. I haven’t had that happen, but I added that you need to flip it so it dries out really well on both sides and all the way through. Mold needs two things to grow …moisture and darkness.
I’ve never made these in a large quantity and very far in advance. Caution: If you are making these for a wedding, I would suggest doing a trial run. If for some reason you don’t have success making them, I would decide on a different favor for your wedding…I would hate for you to have stress. I plan on testing them myself. The biggest thing I would focus on is totally drying them out, even if it takes a week. After they get hard, I would find a place to hang them all so there is air in between each one and I would store them hanging. I suggest wrapping them in cyclophane with a cute twine or ribbon as close to the wedding as possible. Then all you need to add is a sticker or a cute tag. * You could also place a cut straw in the middle or upper lobe of the heart and press the seed around it. You would remove the straw after it is dry. This will leave you with a hole for your ribbon to slide into. (Just another idea)
If using it as a favor, wrap in clear cellophane and tie with raffia or twine and attach a cute tag.
I snapped a picture of my half eaten birdseed feeder, proof of the birds love!!! :)…. I wish I could catch them in action!!!