Making homemade birdseed ornaments is easy for kids of all ages and a great way to attract birds to your backyard.
Download a free PDF printable with the birdseed ornament recipe (found in our Creative Arts and Crafts book) as well as instructions to make a yarn bird craft!
Items needed to make approximately six birdseed ornaments:
- 1 ¼ tsp unflavored gelatin (1 pack)
- 1 ½ Tbsp corn syrup
- 2 cups birdseed
- ⅓ cup flour
- ¼ cup water
- Cooking spray, butter, or shortening
- Metal cookie cutters
- Parchment paper
- Twine or string, 9” for each ornament
- A 2″ piece of straw for each bird feeder ornament
- A saucepan and a medium-sized bowl
- A spatula
Follow these eight simple steps:
In a saucepan, heat the water, gelatin, and corn syrup. Dissolve the gelatin, but don’t let it boil. Pour the birdseed and flour into a separate bowl and mix together. Slowly add the gelatin mixture into the birdseed mixture and mix together well. It will be thick and gooey.
Lay out parchment paper. The mixture is sticky. It will be helpful to work on a non-stick surface.
Grease cookie cutters. Spray or grease the interior of your cookie cutters with cooking spray, butter, or shortening so the ornaments come out easily when they are dry. Set the cutters on the parchment paper.
Press the birdseed mixture into all the corners of your cookie cutters. Grease your hands to help the mixture not stick to them so much.
Make a hole for the string. Push a straw into each ornament about ¼” away from the edge. This will create a hole so you can hang it with string. Make sure to push the straw all the way down.
Let the birdseed ornaments dry for several hours with the straw in. Then remove the ornaments from the cookie cutters and remove the straws.
Cut a piece of twine or string that is 9″ long. Thread it through the hole and tie a knot at the top.
Find a tree to hang them on! Make sure you nestle the birdseed ornaments into the branches, so the birds have a branch to stand on while they eat!
If you enjoyed making this birdseed ornament, then visit this site for more homemade bird feeder ideas.
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Yarn Bird Craft
Decorate one side of your bird and hang it on a wall, or decorate both sides and hang it from the ceiling.
Items needed to make a yarn bird craft:
- 3 sticks: two 2” sticks; one 4–6”stick
- Yarn (any color; use as many colors as desired)
- Colored paper scraps (wing, beak, eye)
- Cardboard (roughly 5″x7″)
- Glue or tape (A glue gun works well for this project.)
Follow these six simple steps:
Trace and cut out a bird shape from the cardboard. (This may be tricky for younger children. An older child or adult can cut it out ahead of time.)
Cut small slits along the edge of the bird body.
Wrap the bird shape with yarn into the cut slits. To make your bird colorful, cut your yarn and tie a new color and continue wrapping.
Cut out scraps of paper for the eye, beak, and wing.
Glue or tape the two 2” stick legs onto your bird.
Finally, glue your bird onto a 4–6”stick.
Don’t forget our free printable!
Other Bird Resources
- Go to this blog post at Happy Hooligans to find a fun collection of 32 homemade bird feeders.
- Do you want to help your backyard birds find bird-safe nesting materials? Visit this Audubon site for bird-safe nesting materials.
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