How to Make Popcorn Balls for Birds



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How to Make Popcorn Balls for Birds

Here’s a messy, gooey, rainy/snowy day project that’s fun for the whole family! And it's fun for the birds, too!

Ingredients

  • 12 cups popped (unbuttered)
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • ½ cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 package of plain Jell-o
  • 1 ½ to 2 cups wild bird seeds

Steps

  1. Gather the things you'll need.
  2. In a large saucepan, bring the syrup and sugar to a boil.Remove from heat.
  3. Add the gelatin to the syrup/sugar mixture.Stir until the gelatin is dissolved.
  4. Add birdseed and stir until the seeds are well-blended.
  5. 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.
  6. Apply vegetable oil to your hands.(Non-stick spray works, too.)
  7. Form balls with your hands; about the size of a tennis ball.
  8. Tie or wire thepopcorn ballsto a tree branch and watch the birds enjoy this flavorful treat!

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  • Question
    Is there a substitute for the sugar, corn syrup and gelatin?
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    Community Answer
    You can use sweet fruits instead of sugar. The other ingredients have no substitutes.
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  • Question
    Isn't the sugar and corn syrup bad for the birds?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes. The only type of popcorn you should feed a bird is plain popcorn.
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  • Question
    Can you make these balls smaller?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Sure, just don't make them small enough for your bird to choke on.
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  • Question
    Isn't nonstick spray toxic for birds?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, it is, especially the fumes.
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  • Question
    What kind of syrup is used for the popcorn balls?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    You need to use corn syrup, which is different from the typical type of syrup you might be familiar with, which is maple syrup. You can find corn syrup in your local grocery store.
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  • 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.

Warnings

  • 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).
  • Use caution when using a stove when children are present.
  • This food is not suitable for human consumption.
  • Supervision of children is required for this project. The syrup mixture is extremely hot.





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