These Ornaments are for the Birds

Filling Silicone Molds with Bird seedI love crafting with my kids! I hate the clean up that comes along with it but I recently found a great crafty tutorial that didn’t seem like it would be too disasterous in the mess department. Today we made birdseed ornaments using eHow’s Do it Yourself Birdseed Shapes tutorial.

Jaci Making Birdseed OrnamentsWe started out using the egg white recipe. Once they were done we noticed that they crumbled a little more than we would like so we moved on to the gelatin recipe which claimed to be stronger. Two of my kiddos, who were once gung-ho about the project, got bored and left while Jaci and I continued. The second batch came out fantastic!

Bird Seed Ornaments to Craft with KidsSome of the things we learned:

  • Using silicone muffin cups  makes it easy to remove the birdseed once it’s molded to the shape of choice.
  • Once your muffin cup is as full as you’d like it to be, spray the bottom of your spoon with cooking spray and use the bottom of the spoon to pack the birdseed into the mold. The cooking spray allows your spoon to glide over the bird seed without sticking.
  • Remove the ornament from the molds immediately after packing it in and place them on a cookie sheet. You can then carefully poke a small hole where you want your ribbon to be placed. Long after the kids went to bed, I tried to apply tags to a few stragglers that we didn’t get to and unfortunately, at that point, they were too hard to place the ribbon.
  • Bake them at 250 degrees for 1 hour. When they come out of the oven they are hard enough to handle yet soft enough to poke holes with a large yarn needle to place the ribbon and tag.

We had a lot of fun with these. Don’t you think they’d make sweetest little wedding favors?



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