Posted by: LittleDragonFarm | December 6, 2012

Decor for the farm for the Winter Holidays- Animal Christmas Presents

Over the past 2 weeks we have been busy finishing up the moving process and making treats to decorate the fir trees on the farm for Christmas.  We have been stringing cranberries and popcorn, making some peanut butter and bird seed feeders with pinecones and cardboard letters that will disintegrate into nothing after a few good rains.  Lots of bird seed peanut butter and rice crispies and bread crumbs have gone into the planning. I will post pictures of the finished trees next week.

We decided that as we have limited space indoors for not more than a small Christmas tree we would turn all the fir trees on the farm into Christmas trees and decorate them with wild animal (and tame) friendly treats.  The kids all thought this a great idea although they weren’t all that great on stringing popcorn and cranberries; just a bit too tedious and dull.  However every letter we had is covered in peanut butter, bird seed and cereal with a few bread crumbs thrown in for good measure. The adults will finish the berry stringing later.

the best ornament we made is this recipe using large cookie cutters to shape the ornaments:

I found this on this blog :  http://eighteen25.blogspot.ca/2011/08/bird-feeders.html and they found it on Design Dazzle as part of their Summer Camp series.  Both have really, really neat ideas.. I am so glad I found this bc my mother did these when we were in Girl Scouts way back when and they were neat then and just as much fun now:

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup birdseed
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 small envelope of unflavored gelatin
  • twine or string
  • cookie cutters, molds or mason jar lids
  • wax paper

Directions:

  • mix together the envelope of gelatin with 1/4 cup of water and bring to a simmer while stirring. continue stirring until the gelatin is dissolved.
  • remove from heat and let cool for a minute.
  • stir in the 3/4 cup birdseed. adding a little more if there is liquid still in the bottom of the pan.
  • lay your cookie cutters out on wax paper and fill half way with the birdseed mixture.
  • cut your twine, knot the end and push the knot down into your birdseed.
  • continue filling with birdseed, covering the end of your twine and knot.
  • push the birdseed evenly into the cookie cutter until it’s full.
  • allow them to dry overnight. turning them over every now and then remove from the cookie cutters and hang them in your trees

 

Have fun making these and I will post pictures next week of our trees.

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Responses

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  2. Such a well written post.. Thnkx for sharing this post!


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