From the time my children were old enough to make out a Christmas wish list, I’ve been trying to help them experience what it’s like to make and give gifts of their own. Over the years, we’ve made ornaments, candies, cookies, hot chocolate mixes and different kinds or popcorn treats, but this is by far my favorite gift they have given. First because their little hands can practically make it all themselves with just a bit of supervision from us. They can add and mix the ingredients together, pack the seed mixture into each cookie cutter, push down a straw into each to make a hole for ribbon or twine and even wrap it up in a knotty bow!
Secondly, it doesn’t have to come with any dietary restrictions and finally, I love the message it brings! Notice the verse below:
” Look at the birds in the air.
They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns,
but your heavenly Father cares for them.
And you know that
you are worth far much more than the birds to Him.”
(Print-out is included below with four gift tags on the page)
I love that as they hang their birdseed ornament on their tree outside, they can be reminded of God’s love and care for them. I also like my children being reminded of that as well.
If you’d like your children to make some for your neighbors, family and friends, you’ll need just a few simple ingredients, but lots of cookie cutters or muffin tins, for the seed mixture needs to sit inside each mold to dry overnight.
Here’ What You’ll Need:
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
- 3 tbsp. corn syrup
- 4 cups birdseed
- molds (muffin tin, Lots of cookie cutters, etc.)
- nonstick spray
- drinking straw
- waxed paper
- Small gift boxes
- Wrapping paper
- & Ribbons
- Mix the first four ingredients together and then add the bird seed. Stir until mixed well.
- Spray each tin or cookie cutter well with nonstick spray so that the ornaments will slide right out once hardened.
- Set cookie cutters on waxed paper.
- Spoon mixture into each cookie cutter or muffin tin.
- Using fingers or large spoon pack and fill each mold until it’s completely full.
- Cut drinking straws to about two inches long and push down into each mold. Leave there until mixture hardens (usually 24 hours)
- Carefully remove each ornament from the cookie cutter.
- Insert ribbon or twine and make a loop large enough for the ornament to be hung on a tree.
- Carefully wrap each ornament and include gift tag. ( You can either attach it to the ornament’s ribbon or lay it inside the gift box).
Inside the Christmas card we give along with each ornament, I’ll write something like:
As you hang this outside on your tree, we hope it will remind you of God’s care for you!