The third light of Advent is the light of beasts.
Animals of farm, field, forest, air and sea.
All await the birth in greatest and in least.
I can’t believe it’s the third week of Advent already! As this week honors animals, we decided to make some seed ornaments for the local birds. They were very easy to make and even younger children can help out.
1. Gather your materials: birdseed, water, cookie cutters, cookie sheet, wax paper or Silpat, bowl, spoons, gelatin, twine, baby, husband.
2. Start to take a picture of the materials, realize your house is a mess, and hastily throw things in corners where they won’t be seen in photos (note the blue chair’s throw pillow on the doll bed). Take picture of toddler with materials.
3. Bring a quarter of a cup of water to a gentle simmer and add one small packet of Knox gelatin. The gelatin sets pretty quickly, so my husband used a plastic fork to whisk as he mixed. Mix until gelatin is completely dissolved.
4. Remove from heat; allow to cool for a moment.
5. Transfer gelatin to a bowl and add 3/4 cup of birdseed. Stir to mix completely. Note: this is enough for one ornament. Feel free to make multiples of the recipe, but we found that it was good to make a single serving first, just to get an idea of how everything would work.
6. Place a cookie cutter on the cookie sheet and fill halfway with the birdseed mixture. Get in a fight with the toddler over the cookie cutter.
7. Cut about eight inches of twine. Loop it and knot at the bottom. Place the twine in the cookie cutter and cover with seed.
8. At this point, we figured we knew what we were doing, tripled the recipe, and filled a few more cookie cutters.
9. We had leftover seed, so we decided to make a treat for the squirrels, too. We placed some Saran Wrap in a bowl, filled it, and called it a day!
10. Let everything dry overnight, flipping from time to time.
11. Hang your ornaments! Make sure to place them above other branches, so the birds can sit and eat. I had to do it twice because I realized that the first time, they were hanging over open air. Whoops!
I whipped up another batch after kiddo went to bed. This time, I boiled water in our hot pot and did all the mixing (one cup of water, four packets of gelatin, three cups of birdseed) in one bowl. It worked great.