Bird Seed Ornaments: Fun for the Whole Family!

You may be wondering to yourself, ‘Self, what do bird seed ornaments have to do with my pets?’ Well, I’ll tell you! Most cats and dogs have a favorite window that they’ll do practically anything to get to. They love looking outside and seeing what’s going on in the world. I’m sure you’ve heard of putting bird feeders by windows for cats so they can watch the birds and this is the same basic idea. It’s not just cats that enjoy watching, though. Dogs love it, too! (On a side note, some animals get too stressed out with the windows open for them to look outside. Some cats don’t like seeing other cats in the area and some dogs get too hyped from seeing squirrels, people, or even cars.)

1 pkg. unflavored gelatin (it does exist, I had to look really hard)
1/2 cup hot water
3/4 cup flour
3 tblsp corn syrup
4 cups bird seed
Muffin tins or molds (aluminum tins are nice)
Straws cut in half
Chopsticks
-Heat water and dissolve gelatin. Add corn syrup and stir until dissolved.
-Combine flour and bird seed in a large mixing bowl. Pour water mixture into seed mixture and stir well. Should start to get clumpy. (Keep a wet dishcloth nearby as you WILL have to use your hands and it WILL get sticky)
-Fill molds/tins with mixture, poke holes in centers with chopsticks, and place straw in hole.
-Allow to set in fridge at minimum overnight.
-Pop out of tin, thread yarn (use yarn, not string to avoid damaging trees) through hole and hang on tree.
-Makes about 2 muffin tins.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more ideas on how to enrich the lives of your pets, check out this article by Dr. Marty Becker about making things more lively for your indoor cats!

Until next time, enjoy the (wintry) journey with your furry/feathery/scaly friends! 😀