Courtesy of Jenni Kayne
L.A.-based designer Jenni Kayne is an expert on all things style. Her fashion line is covetable, and her first home collection (released this past October) lives up to her California-cool style. So when it comes to the holidays, how does this designer and mom decorate? For Kayne, it's all about DIY seasonal décor that she can make with her kids. In a simply adorable new video, Kayne gives you a peek into what it's like in her house this time of year.
Take a look at Kayne's holiday traditions and see how to make her festive birdseed ornaments below.
Yield: 8 or 9 ornaments
2 tbsp. breadcrumbs (I've used leftover crusts from sandwiches), dried and crumbled (optional)
1/4 cup flour (plus 2 extra tbsp. if not using any breadcrumbs)
1/4 cup water
1 tbsp. corn syrup
In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients to form thick "dough." Line a cookie sheet with wax paper and press the mixture to form a uniform layer, about 1/4 inch thick.
Using cookie cutters, press shapes and remove excess seed mixture (reuse it to make more cookies). If you do not have cookie cutters, you can use a glass rim or even shape ornaments with your hands.
With a drinking straw, make holes in each ornament. Try not to make holes too close to the edge of the ornament.
Let ornaments dry overnight, turn them in the morning, and let dry some more, until firm.
Use ribbons or twine to hang ornaments on tree branches. Try to hang them next to thicker branches so that birds have a place to sit while savoring a snack.
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