Yesterday we made popcorn…
Today we’ll offer the leftovers to the birds!
- 12 cups popped (unbuttered) popcorn
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- ½ cup granulated white sugar
- 1 package of plain Jell-o
- 1 ½ to 2 cups wild bird seed
- Gather things you’ll need.
- Pop the popcorn and set aside.
- In a large saucepan, bring the syrup and sugar to a boil. Remove from heat.
- Add the gelatin to the syrup/sugar mixture. Stir until the gelatin is dissolved.
- Add birdseed and stir until the seeds are well blended.
- Combine the syrup/birdseed mixture with the popcorn. With a large spoon or spatula, turn the popcorn mixture out onto waxed paper and allow the recipe to cool enough to handle in your hands.
- Apply vegetable oil to your hands. (Non-stick spray works, too.)
- Form balls with your hands; about the size of a tennis ball.
- Tie or wire the popcorn balls to a tree branch and watch the birds enjoy this flavorful treat!
- Recipe option: Add shelled, unsalted roasted peanuts or finely chopped dried fruit to the mixture. (Apricots, oranges, apples, berries)
- Anchor the popcorn balls onto a natural wreath form (straw, grapevine or an evergreen wreath after the winter holidays). Hang the wreath on a fence or on a tree.
- Is this project too messy? Using a child’s craft needle (made of plastic with a large eye) string the popped popcorn on heavy-duty thread along with bits of chopped apple. Drape the popcorn “necklace/garland” over a shrub near a window and enjoy watching your feathered friends as they dine.
- Supervision of children is required for this project. The syrup mixture is extremely hot.
- Use caution when using a stove when children are present.
- This food is not suitable for human consumption.
- Unroasted peanuts can be potentially harmful to birds as there have been many cases of fungal growth inside unroasted peanuts (which can even be harmful to humans).
Things You’ll Need
- Waxed paper
- Vegetable oil or non-stick spray (for your hands)
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