Here’s the DIY:
(Makes approximately 21 two-inch shapes)
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup water
1 envelope unflavored gelatin (2.5 teaspoons)
3 tbsp corn syrup
4 cups birdseed
You will also need:
large mixing bowl
cookie cutter (I used a canning lid)
vegetable oil & brush
chopstick or bamboo skewer for making a hole in the ornament
jute or raffia
rubber stamp & ink or chalkboard paint and chalk
Mix flour, water, gelatin and corn syrup. Add birdseed and stir well.
Coat the inside of the cookie cutter with vegetable oil.
Place cookie cutter on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Spoon mixture inside of cookie cutter, pressing mixture firmly with greased fingers. (The more you press it down, the less shedding of seeds you will have.)
Using a chopstick or bamboo skewer, make a hole near the top of the shape.
Carefully pull cookie cutter away from birdseed shape. Repeat until all the mixture is used up. (You should spray the cookie cutter after every few uses so that it won’t stick.)
Let dry 6-8 hours
Cut 10-12 inches of jute. String jute through whole and add a tag. I created my tags by using recycled brown paper bag cut into hearts, sprayed with chalkboard paint, and a message written with chalk. Tie the jute in a knot after you have added the tag.