Theresa's Mixed Nuts: Bird Seed Cake Ornaments

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Bird Seed Cake Ornaments

Now that the weather is warming up, we are getting a lot of little birdie visitors in our yard. We especially love watching the blue jays and cardinals swing through. They are so pretty! The girls thought it would be fun to make them some birdseed ornaments to make their visit more pleasant :)





Ingredients:

• 3/4 cup flour
• 1/2 cup water
• 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
• 4 cups bird seed


Directions:

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Lay out shaped cookie cutters over wax paper. Fill each cutter with bird seed mixture, making sure to pack it in tightly! Poke a hole through where you want the string to go through. I used a straw to make a nice circle (see pic below). Let dry over night, turning to dry out both sides. (You can also speed it up a bit by putting them in the refrigerator). Once dry, put the cakes out of the cutters through the sides (if you push through the center you could end up breaking them), tie a string through the hole, then you are ready to hang it up outside.

*A few of mine were a bit hard to press out of the cookie cutters, so spritzing them with a little cooking spray before packing in the seed mixture should help ease them out the next day.*













14 comments:

  1. I love cardinals! Their so pretty. And this looks like a super fun project for kids. Crafts that are useful are the best kind :)

    Paula
    lifeasweknowitbypaula.blogspot.com

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    1. It's so easy for the kids and they get such satisfaction creating pretty items without a lot of work. Now, someone needs to tell the squirrels to stay away from them ;)

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  2. wonderful idea for feeding the birds in the backyard. I am a new reader and I will read some more now. I like your easy going style !

    - KAT -

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and your kind comments :)

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  3. I love this! My girls will love making these and watching the birds come eat them. Such a cute blog! I will be following. can't wait to see what you do next!

    Robin @ garagesalesrus

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    1. My girls get a kick out of watching the bird sample their treats, but get mad at the squirrels who try to steal them lol. Thanks for following! I love your blog too and can't wait to see all of you fantastic yard sale finds!

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  4. This is a terrific idea! So simple too!

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    1. My attention span has been pretty short lately, so that's what I love about this kiddie project. It's quick and easy and you don't have to think much lol.

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  5. Great idea and it looks so easy to do! I would love to have bird feeders if it wasn't for the mess and bird poop left behind hehe. Maybe I'll let the kids attempt this, especially since I have to hang Cameron's birdhouse soon ;)

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    1. Jason HATES the bird poop mess. That's why we did this while he was gone. Nothing he can do about it when he was 1/2 way around the world hahaha.

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  6. These are awesome!! I would tell you about the woes of my woodpecker (who has now brought a friend) but I remember you laughing at your neighbor. :/ :)

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    1. Oh no! Not 2 of those little beasts! Actually, I heard some pecking on my roof last week. I hope my neighbors friend didn't find my house more appealing :(

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    2. gah! chase them off now. If they like your place they come back every single year, and the damage is not pretty. My mom called me today and told to put out Suet. We'll see... I've heard it before, but didn't want to risk them moving in permanently (it's their favorite food). Seems they've already moved in permanently, so it's worth a shot. :)

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  7. I was going to just toss the old corn syrup and flour I have but this is a fun use for them. Pinned!

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