How to Make Birdseed Christmas Ornaments


Adorable birdseed ornaments are an inexpensive activity the whole family can enjoy making on a lazy weekend afternoon. The kids will have a ball making them, and the birds will enjoy eating them. It doesn’t get any better than that. Make the birdseed ornaments during the winter months to decorate naked trees, or whip up a few batches and give them as hostess gifts around the holidays.

A birdseed ornament hangs on a bare branch.
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Things You'll Need

  • 4 cups birdseed
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 3 tablespoons corn syrup
  • Cookie cutters
  • Cookie sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 straws
  • Twine
Step 1

In a large bowl, mix together the flour, water, corn syrup and gelatin to form a smooth paste.

Just a few ingredients are needed to make birdseed ornaments.
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Step 2

Slowly add the birdseed to the paste and combine until the birdseed is fully coated.

Flour helps bind the birdseed mixture.
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Step 3

Place the cookie cutters on a parchment paper-lined pan and coat the cookie cutters with cooking spray. Spoon the birdseed mixture into the cookie cutters. Press the mixture down firmly with the back on the spoon to pack the mixture into the cookie cutters as tight as possible.

Make gingerbread men, candy cane or even snowman-shaped ornaments.
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Step 4

Cut straws into 3-inch segments and press the straw into the top one-fourth of the birdseed-filled cookie cutter. Make sure the hole goes all the way through the mixture. Leave the straw in the ornament and allow to dry for 3 to 4 hours.

Use a straw to make a hole at the top of the ornament.
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Step 5

Once the birdseed ornaments have dried, take out the straw and carefully remove the ornaments from the cookie cutters. Allow to harden overnight.

Twine serves as a hanger for the birdseed ornament.
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Step 6

Once the ornaments are fully dry, run a piece of twine through the hole at the top of the ornament. Hang the completed ornament in a tree for the birds to enjoy.

The birds will thank you.
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