Christmas vacation is here, the kids are out of school, you need some fun activities to do with them and it’s just too cold some days to get outside and play. So I’ve got a fun idea to do with your kids indoors that you bring outdoors…..consider it a homemade holiday gift you can make for the birds in your yard. These birdseed ornaments are simple…I promise! A little messy…I’m not gonna lie! Definitely a kid friendly project…my girls’ hands were all over this project. We had fun making them together and getting our hands a bit dirty. They turned out super cute and looked even cuter once they were hung outside. We had a lot of fun making them and had fun waiting and watching for the birds to come nibble on them. We packaged up a few to take to a couple of our neighbors as gifts for their yards and their birds. It was a fun indoor activity that extended to our backyard!
So here’s what you do…
- Mix ¾ cup flour, 1/2 cup water, 1/4 cup corn syrup in a bowl.
- Next, stir in 4 cups of birdseed.
- Then mold the mixture into various shapes on wax paper:
- You can mold them with your hands into a ring to make a wreath shape.
- Or if you have cookie cutters, you can use them to make various other shapes. If you use cookie cutters, make sure to grease the insides…I just used cooking spray.
- We were in Christmas mode so we chose stars, Christmas trees ,and gingerbread men.
- Scoop the mixture into the cookie cutters, filling them up to the top of the rim and patting them tight.
- For the cookie cutter shapes, you’ll need to poke a hole for the ribbon while the cookie cutter is still secure around the mixture. Make sure it’s big enough so that your ribbon will fit and that it’s not too close to the edge.
- Let the mixture sit in the cookie cutter for a bit. I think we let ours set for about 15 minutes or so before carefully sliding the cookie cutter off to be used again.
- Then we let them dry for about 4 hours or more before turning them over to let the other side dry.
- Finally, we threaded rafia through the holes to make them ready to hang outside and used raffia to add scarfs to our gingerbread men and bows for our wreaths (you could use ribbon or yarn too).
Totally fun and easy! Kids of all ages will enjoy this! And your birds will be thanking you!
What activities have you done with your kids over winter break…inside or out?
Have fun…and let me know how your ornaments turn out!