Saturday, November 12, 2011

How to Make Birdseed Ornaments


1/4 ounce package of unflavored gelatin
2 cups of wild birdseed
metal cookie cutters
ribbon or twine for hanging
drinking straws (to make hole for hanging)

DIRECTIONS:  Empty gelatin into a large bowl and add 2 tablespoons of cold water.  Let it set for a minute and then add 4 tablespoons boiling water and stir several minutes.  Next add 2 cups of birdseed, mixing thoroughly.  Let it set for a few minutes and stir again until all liquid is absorbed.
     Put your cookie cutters on a baking sheet.  Spoon mixture into them, packing down.  Insert a piece of a drinking straw to make a hole for hanging.  Put the pan in the refrigerator and leave over night.  After removing from the refrigerator, let the ornaments continue to dry another day or so.  Then push the ornaments from the cookie cutter and let dry several more days.  You should flip over occasionally so that the backside can dry as well.  Remove the straw and use twine or ribbon to make a hanger.
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Club Members Make Bird Seed Ornaments

     The Monroeville Garden Club met in the CAC at Monroeville First Baptist Church on November 10, 2011, at 1:00 p.m.  Evelyn Bond and Audrey Griffin served as hostesses  for the meeting.
     During the business session, members were brought up to date on club projects:

     Rose Garden - The rose garden was recently mulched with fresh pine straw.  The new benches and sign are ready and will be installed soon.  Chairman, Dana Shinholster, hopes that we will be able to hide the air conditioning system that faces the arbor end of the rose garden with decorative slats in the chain link fence.

     Containers and Hanging Baskets Around the Square - Evelyn Bond reported that she recently re-planted the containers using pencil shrubs, pansies and ornamental cabbages.  The hanging baskets have been taken down and put into storage until next spring.

     "Historic Camellias" - These are the camellias that were rooted from the camellias around the old courthouse on the square.  Jean Booker reported that we have about 50 of these left and it was decided to sell these at the reduced price of $10.00 each.

     Following the business session, Bev Colquett led a workshop on making birdseed ornaments and then members enjoyed a social time with refreshments.

Pat Hornady putting the birdseed mixture in a mold.

Ree Smith showing the "kit" that members were given to make their ornament.

New plants in containers around the square.


Thursday, November 10, 2011