In addition to decorating a Christmas tree in the house, I like to give the birds a holiday tree filled with treats. Making birdseed ornaments is also a fun craft to do with children during this season, especially the gooey part where you squish the mixture into cookie cutters.
The gooiest ones are made with suet that you mix with birdseed, then press into cookie cutters. When you remove them from the cookie cutters, add a paper clip or string as a hanger, then put them in the freezer to harden. You can also make suet balls with nuts and seeds mixed into them.
Here is an easy recipe made with gelatin instead of suet.
½ cup water
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
3 Tablespoons corn syrup
¾ cup flour
4 cups bird seed
Non-stick cooking spray
Heat the water and stir in the gelatin and corn syrup and remove from stove. Mix the flour and birdseed together in a large bowl. Add it to the gelatin mixture and let it cool. Place cookie cutters on parchment paper. Use the non-stick cooking spray here. Press the mixture into the cookie cutters. Make a hole with a toothpick or straw for the hanging twine. Carefully separate from the cookie cutters and let them dry for a few hours or overnight. Thread the twine through the hole.
After I go outside and decorate a tree for the birds, I like to sneak off to a quiet corner with a cup of hot cocoa and read a holiday romance.
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Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Joyous Kwanzaa! Jolly Solstice! Whatever you celebrate—warmest winter wishes to you!
Alicia Street is a USA TODAY bestselling author and Daphne Award-winner often writing in collaboration with her husband, Roy, as well as on solo projects. She spent many years as a dancer, choreographer and teacher. A compulsive reader of every genre, she also loves watching old black-and-white movies and inventing new recipes for soups.