Perhaps the best way to attract beautiful, colorful birds to your yard or garden is to maintain a steady supply of food for your feathered friends. While bird feeders are certainly one means of providing seed, you can give the birds something to nosh even if you do not own a feeder. Make a bird seed mixture that you can mold into just about any shape for a treat your and your neighborhood's birds will appreciate.
Things You'll Need
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup water
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
3 tbsp. corn syrup
4 cups birdseed
Large mixing bowl
Muffin tin, candy mold or other small molds
Pencil or drinking straw
Twine or yarn
Measure the flour, water, gelatin and corn syrup in a large mixing bowl. Stir until well-combined.
Add the birdseed to the flour mixture in the mixing bowl. Stir gently to coat the seed with the mixture.
Spray a muffin tin, candy mold or other type of small mold with nonstick cooking spray. Spoon some of the birdseed mixture into each mold. Poke a hole through the center near the top of each birdseed mold using a drinking straw or pencil.
Leave the birdseed mixture inside the molds for two to three hours. Lay out a sheet of waxed paper on a flat surface. Remove the birdseed mixture from the molds and gently place them upside down on the waxed paper. Allow them to continue to dry for two to three more hours or overnight.
Cut a length of yarn or ribbon about one foot long. String the yarn or ribbon through the hole in each molded birdseed feeder. Tie the ends securely in a knot so you can hang the molded birdseed from a branch or hook.
If desired, replace a bit of the birdseed with cranberries, nuts, raisins or other goodies birds love.