Thursday, May 29, 2014

This and That on Thursday: Baby Shower Favors

I am so incredibly excited that my sister and brother in law are having a baby!  Lauren and Smoak are going to be unbelievable parents.  We have already seen how fantastic they are with our kids.  
I can't wait to see them as parents.  

Did I mention it's a girl?  I was overwhelmed by the cuteness of the little baby girl clothes at Lauren's shower.  I'm pretty excited about shopping for girl clothes.  We need a little pink around here.  And I can't wait to play babies and dress up with my niece.   Maybe I can even do her hair. :)  

Lauren looks so beautiful with her baby bump and her pretty corsage--compliments of her dad.

I had the pleasure of making the favors for her shower.  Her theme is birds and owls, and it was really fun to search for ideas online.  I decided to make these cute hanging birdseed "birds."

You will need: parchment paper, nonstick spray, a large bowl, measuring cup,  a cup of bird seed (give or take depending on the type of seed you use), Knox gelatin, natural twine, cookie cutters and one inch lengths of plastic drinking straws.  You will also need a cookie sheet.

Prepare your cookie sheet ahead of time.  Line your cookie sheet with the parchment paper and spray the cookie cutters with nonstick spray.

Start by stirring the gelatin into a cup of water.  Stir constantly over medium heat until the gelatin has dissolved completely.  

Carson was my little helper for this project.  He's good at stirring.

Once the gelatin is dissolved, pour a cup of birdseed into your bowl and add the gelatin.  Stir to combine.  If you see liquid pooling in the bottom of the bowl, add more birdseed.  

Then, spoon the mixture into your prepared molds.  Carson made a gingerbread birdseed cake for our birds.  The rest are birds and butterflies.  Once you pack the mold tight with birdseed, remove it very carefully and move on to the next one.

After you have spooned the birdseed into the molds--really pack them tightly so when they cool and harden they will be very solid--insert your pre-cut straws into the shapes.  Make sure you push the straw all the way through the birdseed.

Let the molds harden overnight, then thread a piece of natural twine through the hole.

If you'd like, you can think of a cute message to tie onto the string.  I stamped a little bird onto plain colored circles and wrote, "So TWEET of you to come."

I cut out colorful paper circles and...

glued the plain paper to it to add a pop of color.  I used a circle cutter I got at AC Moore to punch out the circle shapes.

I used a hole punch to make a hole in the top of the circles...

threaded the natural twine through the hole...

And they were ready to go.  I provided clear plastic bags for guests to take their favors home so they did not get birdseed all over their cars.

Our birds made quick work of their birdseed cake!  I think this would be a fun project to do in the winter when it is hard for the birds to find food.

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