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DIY Birdseed Ornament

placing hole in birdseed ornament for hanging

Learn how to make a fun and easy birdseed ornament from your home.  This simple project will have all the birds flocking to your house all year round.

 


DIY Birdseed Ornaments

(Makes 15-20 ornaments)

  • 2 ¼ cup flour
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3 envelopes unflavored gelatin (7.5 teaspoons)
  • 9 Tbsp corn syrup
  • 12 cups birdseed

You will also need:

  • large mixing bowl
  • cookie cutter
  • nonstick spray
  • twine (string, ribbon, or yarn can be substituted)
  • chopstick or bamboo skewer for making a hole in the ornament
  • wax paper (parchment paper would work as well)


Mix flour, water, gelatin and corn syrup. Add birdseed and stir well.

birdseed mixture

On a flat surface, such as your kitchen table, lay out your wax paper.

Spray the inside of a cookie cutter with vegetable cooking spray. If you don’t have vegetable spray, try wiping the inside with vegetable oil instead. Spraying the cookie cutter makes it easier to remove the cookie cutter from the mixture later on and makes it less of a clean-up later on.

Tip: Spray your chopstick with the vegetable spray as well

Place cookie cutter on the wax paper. Spoon mixture inside of cookie cutter, pressing mixture firmly down.  I recommend using a smaller spoon for this part.

Tip: The more compact the mixture is in the cookie cutter, the less likely it will start to fall apart when it dries.

packing birdseed mixture into cookie cutter

Using a chopstick, make a hole about ¾ inch away from the top of the cookie cutter. If it is too close to the top of the cookie cutter, the top portion will not be able to support the ornament when it is hanging up and the ornament will fall apart.

placing hole in birdseed ornament for hanging

Carefully pull the cookie cutter away from your mixture.

Tip: Lightly place your chopstick on the mixture inside the cookie cutter when you are doing this step. This will help keep the mixture on the wax paper and make it easier to remove the cookie cutter.

Repeat these steps until the mixture is complete.

Tip: Mixture will start to be harder to work with after a while, so try to make your birdseed ornaments as quickly as you can.

Tip: Respray your cookie cutter after making 4-6 ornaments. Otherwise, the mixture will start to stick in your cookie cutter and make it difficult when you try to remove it later on.

Let the ornaments dry for at least 6-8 hours or overnight.  Flip the ornaments over after a couple of hours to ensure both sides are evenly dry.

Once the ornaments are dry, cut close to 12-inch pieces of twine for each ornament.  Tie the twine inside the hole you made and hang up.

finished birdseed ornament


Hi, I am Renee Beverly.  After getting my Hogwarts letter, the sorting hat placed me at Main Library as an Adult Librarian. I’m a fan of Asian dramas, anime, manga, YA fiction, fantasy fiction, all things animal (especially dogs), and have a slight addiction to coffee.