These seed balls are fun and easy to make. You can even get the kids to help. Choose bird seed to attract common species in your region. Then make a few seed balls to sprinkle around your yard, and you’ll enjoy bird watching in style. The birdies will appreciate it, too.
1 c. cornmeal
1 c. ground suet or peanut butter
1 c. sugar
1/2 c. flour
1/2 c. water
1 c. bird seed
molds (muffin tin, cookie cutters, etc.)
1) In a large micowave-safe bowl, combine cornmeal, suet/peanut butter, sugar and flour.
Stir in water.
2) Microwave on HIGH for 3-5 minutes or until mixture is very thick.
3) Stir in bird seed. Mix until well coated. Cool.
4) When cool enough to touch, take a piece of ribbon or twine and mold the seed mixture around it, shaping into a ball. Alternatively, you can use molds (such as cookie cutters). Spray the mold with nonstick spray. Spoon birdseed mixture into each mold and pack it down. Poke a hole through top of each birdseed mold using a drinking straw, making sure it goes all the way through. (That’s to tie a ribbon on later).
5) Put in the refrigerator to cool and harden. (2-3 hours)
6) Unmold and place outside. Enjoy watching the birds dine.
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