DIY: Bird Seed Ornaments | Spindle & Rye

DIY: Bird Seed Ornaments

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Michigan winters can be rough, especially for my feathered friends who like to hang out in the trees in my backyard. I'm a bird lover by nature. I hang several of my mason jar bird feeders throughout my yard all year round. Afterall, their hunger doesn't stop for the birds just because it's cold outside.

I have been making these DIY Bird Seed Ornaments for years, They pull double duty. They help keep the birds fed through the cold winter months, and look super cute hanging from my mini Christmas tree next to my deck.

These DIY bird seed ornaments would really make thoughtful Christmas gifts for bird lovers on your holiday list. Just wrap each one in kraft butcher paper, and set inside a burlap bag or small box wrapped in twine.


The recipe really is simple using ingredients you probably already have on hand in your pantry. The longest part is waiting for the ornaments to dry overnight. Here we go!

You will need:
  • 4 cups of birdseed
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 3 Tbsp corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • cookie sheet
  • parchment paper
  • Pam cooking spray 
  • straws
  • twine

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

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

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.

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

Insert twine into the hole of each ornament after fully dry, and hang from your favorite outdoor tree!
I added some twine to a few extra pine cones I had on hand to make my mini Christmas tree look a little more festive for the Holidays!

If you make some DIY Birdseed Ornaments of your own, please tag me on Instagram or Facebook. I'd love to see yours too!

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  1. This is so sweet Collette! Wow, you think of everything!!!

  2. Oh, I LOVE this idea! My cats enjoy watching birds from the window and this will be a great way to encourage "bird tv".


  3. What a great idea! I love birds as well.
    I think you could also do something similar and do cereal crackers for people.


  4. Super fun! Didn't realize that making bird seed treats was so easy!!

  5. These are amazing! Not only do they seem super easy to make but I agree that winters here in Michigan are rough sometimes (not this year though apparently) and keeping those birdies fed is needed. Thanks for showing these.

  6. Wow, this is a super cool idea...I love it! Very creative.

  7. Wow.. I wish I would be a DIY type ;)

  8. These are so cute and look like so much fun! DIY projects like these are awesome for family day.

  9. So cute and a cool idea I can do with my nieces and nephews :)

  10. Creativity rocks - Dr. Taffy Wagner

  11. This is so kind! I am sure it is really appricated.

  12. This is a great post and I like how creative you are!

  13. This is a great post and I like how creative you are!

  14. I love this idea!! How creative and thoughtful. I may have to dabble in this DIY this year. :)

  15. This is a nice project that I can do this spring!

  16. Thank you for sharing. We tried some last year, but these look easier to make. I can't wait to try these out.

  17. This is a great idea, especially if you have children. I'm sure they'd love seeing the birds come to the window to enjoy these.

  18. This is such a unique idea. I am just wondering if the self made paste would be harmful to the birds. I really love that you supply them food year round. It shows that you are a nature lover and that you are a wonderful human being. Thank you for sharing this.

  19. This DIY bird feeder led me to your blogsite, and I just Love it! Thank you for the great tutorial and picture instructions. I am a new blogger, and wanted to share this idea on my blog too, check it out!

  20. I’m impressed with your views on this matter and I agree with a lot of your diy projects