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DIY birdseed ornaments are a fun way to feed the birds and make great holiday gifts or homemade presents. An easy craft for kids and perfect for hanging outdoors.
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Table of Contents
  1. DIY Birdseed Ornaments
  2. Why We Love This Homemade Bird Seed Ornaments Recipe
  3. Ingredients
  4. Substitutions and Additions
  5. Recommended Tools
  6. How to Make Birdseed Ornaments
  7. Tips from Our Recipe Developer
  8. Storage Tips
  9. Frequently Asked Questions
  10. Other Easy Crafts
  11. DIY Birdseed Ornaments Recipe

This easy Birdseed Ornaments recipe is a fun way to feed your feathered friends and makes a tasty treat to hang on trees and bushes in the backyard.

It only takes 15 minutes and 3 ingredients (plus water) to form these beautiful bird feeders, filled with healthy bird-safe food and hung where birds can find them.

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DIY Birdseed Ornaments

This easy Bird Seed Ornaments recipe makes the best bird seed treats for an array of avian visitors that may perch on your porch or outside your home.

Simply simmering water and gelatin powder can create a natural glue that will bind your bird ornaments so they stick together in cookie-cutter shapes and combining it with corn syrup will help keep the pieces from peeling off.

And while I’ve made plenty of cut-out cookies for people (Christmas Light Cookies, Gingerbread Men Cookies, Easter Cookies, and more), my list was lacking bird seed cookies or birdseed ornaments safe for birds.

A cookie-cutter bird feeder is a fun family activity that can do double duty as holiday decorations or a handmade gift – add a ribbon and a gift tag and you have the perfect sustainable party favor!

Why We Love This Homemade Bird Seed Ornaments Recipe

  • Quick and easy to make in 15 minutes and it’s no bake.
  • Only uses 3 ingredients plus water.
  • Fun crafts for kids to do at home or in the classroom.
  • Little hands will love hanging birdseed Christmas ornaments on the tree.
  • Homemade bird seed ornaments can attract birds to the backyard in warm weather and in winter.

More Pet Friendly Treats

different shapes of Birdseed Ornaments

Ingredients

  • Wild finch blend
  • Water
  • Unflavored gelatin packets
  • Light corn syrup

Substitutions and Additions

  • Bird Blend: You can customize your blend to appeal to your backyard birds. Include a combination of Panorama millet, white french millet, canola seed, canary seed, shirohie millet, red pannicum millet, and linseed. Just be sure the total amount of seed is approximately 2 1/2 cups or the ornaments may not form properly.
  • Other Ornament Idea: You can also use hollowed-out orange halves instead of cookie cutters. Just make 2 holes on opposite sides of the orange, about ½ inch down, and fill the halves with the birdseed mixture.
  • Cookie cutters
  • Paper cookie sticks or plastic drink straws
  • Jute, twine, hemp, or yarn
  • Baking sheet
  • Cooking Spray
  • Wax paper or parchment paper
  • Mixing bowls
  • Measuring tools
  • Large wooden spoon
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How to Make Birdseed Ornaments

These easy DIY Bird Ornaments will add a festive flair to your backyard branches and are perfectly safe for feeding your feathered friends. A fun project to make with kids and perfect for giving as homemade presents.

  1. Dissolve Gelatin: Sprinkle the gelatin over cool water, stir, and pour in hot water as you are stirring. Stir until the gelatin is dissolved.
  2. Make The Seed Mixture: Stir the corn syrup into the gelatin and then mix in the birdseed. Chill in the refrigerator for 8-9 minutes until the liquid is absorbed by the seeds.
  3. Fill The Cookie Cutters: Spoon the seed mixture into the cookie cutters until full and then use a small piece of wax paper or parchment paper to pack the mixture into the mold.
  4. Make The Holes: Press the cookie sticks or straws about ½ to 1 inch from the top. Chill for at least 8 hours or overnight.
    Pro Tip: Be sure to gently press down around the straw with the wax/parchment paper as well.
  5. Thread: Remove the ornaments from the cookie cutters and then remove the stick/straw. Thread each ornament with string and tie a small knot at the top.
  6. Hang: Hang the ornaments outside in your garden or on a branch in the backyard.
Birdseed Ornaments collage process

Tips from Our Recipe Developer

  • Honey is not a good substitute for the light corn syrup. If you don’t have any light corn syrup, you can skip the sweetener altogether.
  • If the weather is below 45-50°F, you can add a teaspoon of orange or lemon zest.
  • It is recommended to only offer gelatin feeders in the winter when cold temperatures prevent the gelatin from molding or melting.
  • If you are making the ornaments in above 50°F weather, you can substitute 1 ½ tablespoon agar powder for the gelatin. It is completely vegetable-based and should not mold as quickly.
  • Spray your cookie cutters with nonstick spray so that the ornaments don’t stick when you remove them.
  • Make sure the hole is not set much closer to the edge of the shape than ½ inch, or the edge may not be thick enough to hold the ornament’s weight.

Storage Tips

  • To Store: In temperatures 50°F and higher, this will keep for 7 days. In weather below 50°F, the Ornaments should keep for  10 – 14 days.
Birdseed Ornaments hanging in the tree

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are my ornaments crumbly?

Your ornaments will be crumbly if you leave the seed mixture in the fridge for any longer than 10 minutes, as it will harden too much. It only needs to be set enough that it doesn’t seep out from under the sides of the cookie cutters.

Are gelatin bird feeders safe for birds?

Gelatin is a natural product and safe for birds. This recipe for gelatin birdseed ornaments is shared on many reputable websites, including the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
It is recommended to only offer gelatin feeders in the winter when cold temperatures (below 50 degrees) prevent the gelatin from molding or melting.

What can I do with my leftover birdseed mixture?

If you have any leftovers that did not make it into your cookie-cutter ornaments, you can hand roll them into balls and place them outside for the birds.
Don’t worry, birds will find them and it’s a great way to feed your local birds!

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5 from 4 votes
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DIY Birdseed Ornaments

Serves — 9
DIY birdseed ornaments are a fun way to feed the birds and make great holiday gifts or homemade presents. An easy craft for kids and perfect for hanging outdoors.
Prep Time 15 mins
Rest Time 8 hrs
Total Time 8 hrs 15 mins

Ingredients
  

  • cups wild finch blend
  • 1 cup water divided
  • 2 packets unflavored gelatin
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 9 cookie cutters any shape
  • 3 (7-inch) paper cookie sticks cut into 2¼-inch pieces or 3 plastic drink straws, cut into 2¼-inch pieces
  • 9 (14-inch) long cut pieces of jute, twine, hemp, or yarn for hanging the ornaments

Instructions
 

  • Line a baking sheet with either wax paper or parchment paper. Lay out the cookie cutters, spacing them at least 2 inches apart. Set it aside.
  • In a large heat-safe mixing bowl, add ½ cup cool water.
  • In a small heat-safe bowl, add the other ½ cup water and microwave for 1 minute. Carefully remove the hot water and set it aside.
  • Sprinkle the gelatin over the cool water and stir to dissolve it. While you are still stirring, carefully pour the hot water over the gelatin mixture. Stir to continue dissolving the gelatin.
  • Continue stirring, and add in the light corn syrup and stir to combine completely.
  • Immediately pour in the birdseed and stir with a large wooden spoon. Set the bowl in the refrigerator for 8-9 minutes to allow the gelatin mixture to be slightly absorbed by the seed.
  • Spoon the seed mixture into the cookie cutters until they are full. Once you have your cookie cutters filled, use a small piece of wax paper or parchment paper to gently pack the seed mixture into the mold.
  • Press the cut cookie sticks or cut drink straws about ½ to 1 inch from the top. Be sure to gently press down around the straw with the wax/parchment paper as well.
  • Place the cookie sheet in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours to dry. Overnight is best.
  • Once the ornament is dried, carefully pull/push around the edges of the cookie cutter. Gently remove the stick/straw and thread the ornament with the pre-cut string. Tie a small knot in the string. Hang the ornaments outside.

Jenn’s Notes

Storage:
In temperatures 50°F and higher, this will keep for 7 days. In weather below 50°F, the Ornaments should keep for  10 – 14 days.
Tips:
  • Honey is not a good substitute for the light corn syrup. If you don’t have any light corn syrup, you can skip the sweetener altogether.
  • If the weather is below 45-50°F, you can add a teaspoon of orange or lemon zest.
  • It is recommended to only offer gelatin feeders in the winter when cold temperatures prevent the gelatin from molding or melting.
  • If you are making the ornaments in above 50°F weather, you can substitute 1 ½ tablespoons agar powder for the gelatin. It is completely vegetable-based and should not mold as quickly.
  • Spray your cookie cutters with nonstick spray so that the ornaments don’t stick when you remove them.
  • Make sure the hole is not set much closer to the edge of the shape than ½ inch, or the edge may not be thick enough to hold the ornament’s weight.
Jennifer Fishkind

About Jenn

Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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  1. SWEET 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👍🏼♥️Thank You Jennifer 😊This will Be AWESOME to Make Whe It Gets Cooler 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼I Feed The Birds And I Say “ Come on Babies Come Eat , After I Fill Their Food And Whistle ,They Come LIKE Dogs 😊👍🏼❗️THEYRE ADORABLE 🥰 They’ll LOVE ❤️ These ❗️G-d♥️Bless😊

  2. 5 stars
    Can’t wait to try the ornaments. We used to make something like these but got away from them when the kid got older. Now with grandkiddos, we’ll try again.