Birdseed Christmas Ornaments – an activity for children of all ages. This is a fun activity to experience the joy of giving, bring birds to your garden, and help our feathered friends survive the cold of winter and spread their message, but be aware that there are pros and cons to feeding birds. I encourage you to read an interesting and educational article about the benefits and risks of feeding the birds.
*Consider throwing an after-Christmas party and make these ornaments together for an activity.
- Read one or more of the following books
- Put the coconut oil/lard in a saucepan and cook over low-medium heat until it melts.
- Pour in the birdseed and stir well.
- Place the cookie cutters onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and coat with cooking spray.
- Cut each straw into 3 segments and carefully insert a straw segment completely through the form to create a hole for hanging. Be sure to leave enough of the straw outside of the cookie cutter to be able to pull it out once solidified.
- Holding the straw piece in place, spoon the birdseed mixture into the cookie cutters. Using a piece of parchment paper or the back of a spoon, press the seeds down firmly to pack the mixture into the cookie cutter as tight as possible. Fill with more mixture as needed until completely full.
- Allow the mixture to solidify at room temperature about 3-4 hours.
- Once solidified, remove the straw segments and gently loosen the edges of the cookie cutter around the mixture. Then carefully press the ornament through the cookie cutter.
- Freeze the birdseed ornaments for one hour or allow them to harden in the refrigerator overnight.
- Add a loop of twine or string for hanging.
- Hang the cookie cutters at least 6 feet from the trunk and other large branches if possible to protect the birds from predators and watch them enjoy their Christmas feast!