Yesterday, my girls came running up to me, shouting excitedly …
“look out the window mom!”
They grabbed me by the hand and we ran to the window to see a regal red cardinal perched on a bare branch.
My girls, who love all animals, decided the birds needed a treat.
There are tons of ways to make suet for the birds but I needed something simple.
Luckily, my bird loving neighbor gave me this recipe and we had all the ingredients on hand to whip up our own batch of birdseed ornaments.
Birdseed Ornament Recipe
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup water
3 T corn syrup
4 cups birdseed
twine or ribbon for hanging
* Line a cookie sheet with wax paper
* Pour flour, water and corn syrup into a bowl and mix together until combined
* Add birdseed until combined
* Pour mixture onto wax paper lined cookie sheet
* Press the mixture with your hands until it’s compact (about 1/2″ – 3/4″ thick)
* Press cookie cutters into birdseed mixture and leave to dry for about 8 hours
* Remove birdseed ornaments from cookie cutters, turn them upside down and let them continue to dry until hard
* Twist jute twine around ornaments and hang from a branch
* Watch the birds flock to your yard and your kids eyes light up
Don’t waste a bit. Toss the broken, leftover chunks of seed into a bowl and set under a tree.
I’m a big believer in making special moments and memories with my girls. Dipping our hands into the gooey mixture had us roaring!
What traditions have you passed down to your family?
A new tradition I’m excited about starting this year is putting up a white Christmas tree in our kitchen.
Wait until you see what I used as the tree topper.