Easter is just around the corner and I’ve got a fun activity you can do with your kids this weekend. If you’ve been following us from the beginning you may remember the Birdseed Ornaments I wrote about at Christmastime. Well this is a twist on those same ornaments…Easter Egg birdseed ornaments to hang outside that say “welcome spring” to your birds. As I mentioned in the previous post, these birdseed ornaments are really simple to make! Definitely a kid-friendly project that the whole family can do together. I have to say, the results were cuter than I even imagined and I love looking outside at all the brightly colored raffia eggs adorning my tree as the birds draw near.
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 it’s time to mold them into eggs. You will need plastic Easter eggs for this step.
- Spray the inside of your plastic eggs with cooking spray to ensure that the mixture doesn’t get stuck and makes it easy for it to come out when you are done.
- Scoop the mixture into both sides of the plastic egg…a little excess is actually good because you will close the egg up and you want it tightly filled. Excess will squeeze out the sides and you will just wipe it off.
- Make sure you close the egg completely so that you make sure the top and bottom half are firmly packed together.
- After you have all of your eggs filled and closed up (btw…this recipe made 18 small eggs), you will then want to open one end of the plastic egg. I suggest opening the smaller, bottom end of the egg. You have to do this gingerly and carefully so as not to pull the 2 halves apart. But hopefully the one end will come out smoothly. You may have to gently pat a little at the seam to help maintain the shape. My big “ah-ha” moment in getting these to keep shape and not break apart while drying was to put the plastic egg with one half removed and set it in my mini muffin tin. Keeping the mixture both in the mold and upright allowed for support and gravity to help keep its shape…..yet having half of the plastic egg removed allowed the mixture to dry faster and not get completely stuck in two parts the plastic egg in the end.
- You will let them dry like this for a couple of hours…..or maybe just an hour….I’m not really sure on the exact timing as we went off to do some things in the yard and came back to take them out and flip them over and it was almost two hours later but they were good and ready then. So then you will take them out of the second half of the plastic egg and place the “naked birdseed egg” back in the muffin tin with the dry side down and the newly released side up to continue drying for an hour or so.
- To hang these, I suggest using bright spring colored raffia or yarn to make them festive when you hang them. (1) Cut two pieces to about 30-32″ and tie the two pieces together with a knot in the center. (2) For this next part, you will probably need two sets of hands…..at least I did. While one person is holding the egg the other will lay the knot on the center of the base of the egg and spread the raffia out like an X . (3) You will then let the raffia drape around to the top of the egg forming a cradle of sorts. (4) At this point you take two strands in each hand and use them to tie a tight double knot at the top of the egg. (5) After that, I tied a bow on the top of the egg with the raffia because I wanted the extra detail and more color. (6) From there I took the tails of the bow and tied the ends of them in a double knot to create a loop that the ornaments could be hung by on the tree.
So there you have it…a fun and relatively easy activity that you can do with (or without) your kiddos THIS weekend! Or it could be a fun after school activity this next week….still in time for Easter. What a cute Easter decoration to draw the birds to your yard. I feel certain the birds will be thanking you too!
Have fun with this!
Happy Easter…Happy Spring…Happy, Happy Everything!