Bird Seed Ornament

4 Jan

If you drove past our house, you would probably see two little faces peering out the front window.  These cold winter days have brought us indoors, but the curiosity about the outdoors still lingers inside them.  The kids are constantly looking out the window. Looking out to see if its snowing {nope}. Looking to see if the snow has melted {yup}. Looking out to see if a garbage truck is coming {not today}.  With all of these moments in front of the window, we have noticed something else: BIRDS.

We thought it would be fun to create a bird seed ornament to hang outside in our trees. Now, when we look out the window, we will have something new to look for!

My Kids Make Bird Seed Ornaments, and yours can too! Find out how:

First grab a few of your cute cookie cutters.  I rummaged through our collection and thought hearts would be a fun shape, since Valentine’s day is next on the list of holidays.  Place the cutters on a double piece of tinfoil. Wrap the foil up around the sides {this will help prevent the mixture from leaking out and spilling all over}.  Loop a piece of yarn or string through the cutter. Do not have the yarn too close to the edge of the cutter or it will not support the ornament once it has hardened.

Melt shortening in a pan. When it becomes liquid, let it cool {and thicken slightly} for a few minutes.  I poured the melted shortening into a spouted bowl so that it would be easier to pour into the cutters.  Add the bird seed to the melted shortening and mix to combine.  {We made about 6 ornaments at one time.  To do this we used 2 cups shortening, and 1 1/2 cups of bird seed. }

Pour the mixture into the prepared cookie cutters.  I placed all the cutters on a cookie sheet in case any of the mixture spilled {which it did}.  Make sure your yarn/string is in the proper place.  Then,place the pan into the freezer for 1hr to allow the mixture to form and harden.

Once the mixture has hardened, carefully remove the tinfoil from each cookie cutter.  Gently press on the hardened bird seed mixture to remove it from each cookie cutter.

All that is left is to hang your bird seed ornaments out in your yard!

~Enjoy

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12 Responses to “Bird Seed Ornament”

  1. nonna 04. Jan, 2011 at 7:50 am #

    Very good idea, nice job kids!! Do you know what kind of birds come to your yard? I saw an albino chickadee the other day…and of course cardinals nesting in my bushes.

  2. Nana 04. Jan, 2011 at 10:00 am #

    Great job Silas and Sydney.
    Let us know what kind of birds you see.

    Do the squirrels like your bird seed, too?

  3. Poppi 04. Jan, 2011 at 12:38 pm #

    How fun. Bompa would love them. He was always feeding birds outside his kitchen window.

  4. Mariah 04. Jan, 2011 at 10:12 pm #

    My girls would love this! We are big bird watching fans. Thanks for the inspiration :-)

  5. Betsy & Curtis 06. Jan, 2011 at 12:27 am #

    Nice! Any luck with attracting birds yet?

  6. becky 06. Jan, 2011 at 8:56 am #

    we have seen a few birds, but none actually eating. we got really excited because a bunch of birds actually came to one of the trees, but that was the extent so far. maybe they dont like sunflower seeds, who knows. we are having fun watching though.

  7. Jana 26. May, 2011 at 11:23 am #

    This is such a clever idea and super cute! I want to do an afterschool activity on birds with my kindergartener and this is the perfect craft to go along with it. Do you know if the shortening melts in the Spring heat? Perhaps this is a better winter activity? Thanks!

  8. Kelli 28. Sep, 2012 at 2:35 pm #

    I made these with my classroom last year and I remember one key thing for getting the birds to eat was 1) use birdseed from your local nursery (to appeal to your local birds) and also to have them in a crowded area of branches (so the birds have something to stand on while eating!) Hope those help :)

  9. Rosanne Sandry 11. Oct, 2012 at 1:18 am #

    Bird seeds are great because they provide nutrition to every specie of birds. I always stock bird seeds at home. ;”"*`

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  10. Adolph Tonner 29. Nov, 2012 at 6:14 am #

    Bird seeds are really nice since they can make your bird grow healthy and fit. ”

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