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November 12, 2013

You know how you save a great article to refer to in the future?
And you know how you forget that you saved the article and when
the 'season appropriate' time to use it passes, you kick yourself?

Well, guess what?  I didn't forget!

Kelly of Eclectically Vintage posted a great article back in February on a simple recipe for making birdseed ornaments. 

 When I read it I thought, "Wow, what great homemade gifts for our little bird friends."

If you're lucky to live in an area where hardy Cardinals and other wild birds hang around for the Winter, these make great gifts.

I'm so pleased to post Kelly's Birdseed Ornament recipe:

Simple Birdseed Ornament Recipe

3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup water
3  T corn syrup
4  cups birdseed
wax paper
cookie cutters
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 any of the seed dough; put the crumbs in a shallow bowl and set outside on the porch rail or other high place off the ground.

These edible ornaments can be wrapped in small clear plastic wrappers
and tied with twine or burlap ribbon.  They're great gifts for teachers,
babysitters, co-workers - the list is endless!

Tuesday's Miss Money Pitt update:

The hardwood floors are finally finished and they're gorgeous.
We couldn't be more pleased.

The vanity was finally set in the small downstairs bathroom but we discovered that Plumber #1 had not lined up the water lines correctly so new Plumber #2 was called to the rescue.  This little powder room has been more difficult than a grounded 14 year old.  

I'm tingling as I write that we might possibly be moving in within 2 weeks!

See you tomorrow.


  1. Love this ... my little boy will be making some of these for family / teacher presents.

    1. It IS a great gift idea, isn't it? And perfect for little ones to help create. -- Jan

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    1. It's surprising the number of birds that hang around instead of hi-tailing it to Florida or warmer parts. Even the squirrels will appreciate these ornaments. -- Jan

  3. I could see a whole tree decorated with them. I bet the birds love them.

    1. I've actually seen outdoor Christmas tree with edible ornaments. This would definitely be a wonderful addition to any outdoor Christmas display and so easy for young children to help create. -- Jan

  4. I made these a few years back but used the recipe that calls for gelatin. Did yours stick together pretty well? I'd love to try it.

  5. Will have to try this with the kids, love them!