DIY: Winter Birdseed Ornaments

Welcome crafty friends!! It’s Shari here with something a little different for your winter crafting. Today, I’m making Birdseed Ornaments.

As nature lovers, we feed birds all year round, but the cold days of winter are a crucial time to make sure our feathered friends can find what they need. Once you hang your ornaments, you can enjoy watching nature come to life in your yard.


  • 2 cups Wild bird seed- we prefer the nut and fruit type but any mix for birds that are found in your area will work
  • 2 packagies of Gelatin- be sure to use unflavored with no coloring
  • 1/2 cup water


  • Cookie Cutters- the less detail shape, the better
  • Parchment paper or non stick surface
  • Vegetable oil to coat the side of the cookie cutters (stay clear of Palm oil)
  • Straw and string for hanging
  • Optional- gloves for pressing the seed into the forms

Instructions: Heat water to a gentle boil, add water to gelatine, mix until dissolved. Pour water mixture into the birdseed, stir well to coat all the seeds. Let sit for about 10 minutes. Add oil to the inside of the forms (I use my fingers to get into tight areas. Scoop birdseed into desired forms and pack well. Insert straws for hanging and pack around straws. Refrigerate for about 15 min. Remove the forms and add a string for hanging tied in a knot at the top.

Store unused ornaments in the refrigerator or freezer until ready to use.


NOTE: These are intended for colder climate areas. Gelatin may soften in temperatures above 45 (F) degrees.

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  1. Just take coconut oil instead of water and gelatine. This way you simply store it in a cool place.
    When wanting to make bigger ones use i.e. yoghurt containers or whatever else where you can get it easily out.
    You can also mix your own birdseed with oats, raisins and anything birds usually take.

  2. These are a wonderful idea and loved how you did them. Good use for all those cookie cutters you have in your storage. Thanks for sharing this.

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