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Bird Seed Heart Wedding Favors


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Bird Seed Heart Wedding Favors - favors in bagsMy daughter's wedding has a natural theme and so we wanted a favor that would be consistent and something anyone could enjoy once they got it home!

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Many of the internet sites' recipes just didn't work so I experimented with a number of different combinations to get it just right!

I've included info on some of my hints, hits, and misses to help your project be successful.

These could also be used as gift tags!

Total Time: 1 hour plus drying time

Yield: 48- 1 1/2" hearts

Supplies:

Bird Seed Heart Wedding Favors - supplies
 

Steps:

  1. Mix 3/4 cup of the white flour into the 4 cups of bird seed. Also cut your straws into 1" - 1 1/2" pieces and set both aside. (Straw cutting not pictured.)
  2. Bird Seed Heart Wedding Favors - mix flour and seed
     
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  3. Add one tablespoon of the powdered gelatin mix to the 1/2 cup of warm water and stir a minute to dissolve.
  4. Bird Seed Heart Wedding Favors - add powdered gelatin to warm water
     
    Bird Seed Heart Wedding Favors - stir
     
  5. Add 5 tablespoons of molasses to the water/gelatin mixture and stir to dissolve.
  6. Bird Seed Heart Wedding Favors - add molasses to gelatin and water mixture
     
    Bird Seed Heart Wedding Favors - stir
     
  7. Pour gelatin/water/molasses into seed/flour mix and stir together until all seeds are covered.
  8. Bird Seed Heart Wedding Favors - pour liquid mix into the bird seed and mix until seeds are coated
     
    Bird Seed Heart Wedding Favors - seeds with coating
     
  9. Spray a silicon mold tray with oil. Place on a baking pan to catch stray seeds. Just neater.
  10. Bird Seed Heart Wedding Favors - spray the mold with non-stick spray and place on a baking sheet to catch spills
     
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  11. (NOTE: I tried a more shallow metal mold tray and an individual cookie cutter first. See pic. The shallow, rigid tray didn't create a thick/strong enough final product for my liking nor was it easy to remove them. The individual cookie cutter was impractical since I needed 120 finished hearts for our reception. Remember, you need to leave the mix in the tray to get firm, so keep that in mind!
  12. Bird Seed Heart Wedding Favors - first try was a shallower metal tray
     
    Bird Seed Heart Wedding Favors - and an individual cookie cutter
     
    Bird Seed Heart Wedding Favors - metal tray with initial hearts
     
  13. With a tablespoon fill the molds, pressing down hard with the back of the spoon to get a good sharply defined heart shape in the mold.
  14. Bird Seed Heart Wedding Favors - fill tray with a spoon and press the seeds down firmly to get the best finished shape
     
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  15. HELPFUL HINT: I also used my oiled fingers to press them with my fingers.
  16. Bird Seed Heart Wedding Favors - pressing down with oiled fingers
     
  17. Press one straw into each heart. The closer to the center makes it stronger for hanging later and less chance of it breaking when removing the straw!
  18. Bird Seed Heart Wedding Favors - press cut straws into the center of the seed heart
     
    Bird Seed Heart Wedding Favors - tray with straws inserted in the molded seeds
     
  19. Put the whole tray in the freezer and leave it for a few hours or even overnight if you'd like.
  20. With the straws still intact, I gently pushed the frozen heart forms out from the back of the silicon molds. Then I carefully removed the straws while they were still frozen. It worked great!
  21. Bird Seed Heart Wedding Favors - remove the frozen hearts from the tray and then remove the straw
     
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  22. I left some to air dry for two days and put some in my dehydrator to see if there was any big difference. Although it took a little longer for the air dry ones to feel as firm and light as the dehydrated ones, they both seemed to work equally well.
  23. Bird Seed Heart Wedding Favors - air dry or use a dehydrator
     
  24. Helpful Hint: You can always use your car as a dehydrator by leaving items on the back floor or even back window of your car in hot weather..just remember to remove them from the back window before driving for safety.
  25. I finished it off threading a pretty string and knotting it, then placing the heart into a little zip lock baggie found at my craft store. My daughter chose to add a personalized sticker message to each bag.
  26. Bird Seed Heart Wedding Favors - closeup of finished dry seed heart
     
    Bird Seed Heart Wedding Favors - little strings tied through the holes
     
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  27. I've also seen (online) folks add a tag to the string "Love is Tweet" (which I thought was also cute).
  28. We chose to bag them to contain any stray seeds at the tables. Totally optional.
  29. Bird Seed Heart Wedding Favors - placing the seed hearts into small baggies
     
    Bird Seed Heart Wedding Favors - bag with personalized sticker
     

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August 24, 20180 found this helpful

Great idea, Donna! Congrats to your daughter!

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August 24, 20180 found this helpful

Thanks so much!
Exciting times!

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