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These lovely guest favours or outdoor wedding decorations are not only budget friendly, but also eco-friendly! This recipe makes about 21 x 5cm hearts, and the important thing to remember is not to make it more than a week before the wedding or else your pretty hearts might attract mold.

You’ll need:

  • ¾ cup of cake flour
  • ½ cup water
  • 2½ tsp of unflavored gelatin
  • 3 tbsp corn syrup
  • 4 cups birdseed
  • Non-stick spray

In terms of “equipment”, you’ll need:

  • A large mixing bowl
  • A 5cm heart shaped cookie cutter
  • A chopstick or bamboo skewer
  • Parchment paper
  • A baking tray
  • String or raffia
  • Scissors
  • Cards with your thank you note printed on it
  • A paper punch

Now to get started:

  • Mix flour the water, gelatin and corn syrup together, then add the birdseed and stir well until combined.
  • Coat the inside of your cookie cutter with the non-stick cooking spray.
  • Line the baking tray with parchment paper and place the cookie cutter on top.
  • Spoon the birdseed mixture into cookie cutter, and press the seeds into place with greased fingers. Remember: Pressing it down firmly means less of the seeds will fall off once it’s dry, so put some pressure on it.
  • Use your chopstick or bamboo skewer to “punch “ a hole near the top of the heart, and gently pull the stick out again. If the hole “collapses”, it means your mixture is too runny – this can be remedied by adding more birdseeds, flour and a sprinkle of gelatin.
  • Carefully slide the cookie cutter off the birdseed heart.
  • Repeat steps 3 to 6 until all the mixture is used up. Be sure to spray the cookie cutter after every six hearts so that the mixture won’t stick
  • Allow the tray of hearts to dry on the parchment paper for 6 to 8 hours – or better yet, overnight.
  • Cut a length of string or raffia for each heart – about 25 to 30cm should do the trick so that it’s long enough to hang on a small branch.
  • Punch a hole in each thank you tag and thread the string through the hole in the heart and tag. Tie a knot and voila!

Adapted from Intimate Weddings

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