- 3/4 to 1 cup birdseed
- 1 packet of gelatin (unflavored—I use Knox)
- 1/4 cup boiling water
- Cookie cutters, lightly greased*
- Twine and/or ribbon
- Parchment or waxed paper
*The cookie cutters do not have to be greased, but lightly greasing them will make for extra easy removal once dry, especially when using ornaments with small angles like stars. Younger children may be better off using ornaments without tight corners, as these are slightly harder to pack with the birdseed. We use a very small spoon for this.
The key to ornaments that are sturdy and stick together is to press firmly on the birdseed mixture as you pack it into the molds.