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
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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