Merry Christmas to everyone! I hope you are all enjoying the winter holiday season, whichever tradition you celebrate.
Today we’re going to celebrate by feeding our backyard birds. Both the Pie’s parents and my parents are supremely fond of the feathered creatures that appear outside their windows, so we thought we’d make them a little holiday treat, courtesy of Design Sponge.
First, I’d like to show you a little behind the scenes shot of my office during my Christmas gift-making chaos. I made these on a tiny patch of floor I’d cleared specifically for the purpose. It’s amazing what you can hide in a close-up shot …
Aaaand the closeup. You will need these things: waxed paper, a spoon, a giant bowl, a tablespoon measure, corn syrup, flour,
and a honking hunk of birdseed.
Plop 2 cups bird seed in your bowl with 3/4 cup all purpose flour (we doubled our recipe, hence the enormous amount pictured).
Give that a stir, then drop in 3 tablespoons corn syrup and 1/2 cup water. Stir that up too. It’s gross.
Prepare your moulds. You can use cookie cutters on top of waxed paper, but I used these cake moulds I picked up at the Superstore. If your surfaces are non-stick, that’s cool, but if not you might want to spritz them with a bit of cooking spray first.
Spoon your sticky birdseed into your moulds and pack it down with a spoon.
I had extra (obviously), so I made little pucks of bird seed in a muffin tin as well.
Use a paint brush or straw or pencil to wiggle a hole at the top of each of your bird seed packs. Don’t make it too close to the top of the ornament, as you’ll need enough dried birdseed there to support the weight of the thing.
Let them dry overnight and then tip them out onto waxed paper. If they’re still wet, leave them longer to dry or, if you’re in a hurry, bake them for an hour at the lowest temperature in your oven.
See, it kind of looks like a Christmas ornament …
I used butcher’s twine to string up my ornaments.
Then I wrapped them up in waxed paper and tied them with string to give as gifts.
For the bird lover in every family.