I thought it would be simple - I would just order some bird seed ornaments and go out side and hang them on a tree growing in my yard. Well, I found some and if I were going to put some out on a hanger or a hook the price for a few would be reasonable. But, I wanted to fill a six-foot tree. With a little bit of research, I found all sort of recipes to make ornaments and some small suit feeders with items I already had in my home. So that is what I did.
Cookies Cutter Bird Cookies
4 cups of mix bird seed
1 envelope of Knox gelatin
3 tablespoons of flour
3 tablespoons of corn syrup
1/2 cup of hot water
Raisins and broken up peanuts can be added
non-stick cooking spray
Mix bird seed with flour - set aside. In a second bowl add 1/2 cup of very hot water and the Knox gelatin. Once dissolved mix in the corn syrup and pour over the bird seed. Mix well covering all of the seeds.
Spray the inside of the cookie cutters and place them on a cookie sheet covered with wax paper. Pack the bird seed mixture into the cookie cutters -use a pencil end to make a hole in each. Place cookie sheet in your refrigerator for 3 or more hours. After cookies are firm add twine as a hanger. Makes about 20.
Looking around my cupboard I found small cups I had not used in years and matched nothing. I don't know why I had saved them, but I had. Now I had a good use for them.
1 -1 1/2 cups of mix bird seed
1/2 to a whole cup of lard ( bacon drippings can be added to this, but not much).
Heat lard to melting point and mix in the bird seed ( I added some extra black sunflower seeds ) as a treat. Take clean dry cups placed on a cookie sheet and fill cups with mixture. Put an ice cream stick or any small stick deep in the mixture.
Place cups in your freezer for 6 hours. Tie twine on the handle of each cup and they are ready to go.