Birdseed Ornaments

Birdseed ornaments are a decorative way to attract beautiful birds to your yard and bypass using a birdfeeder if you don’t have one. You can hand sculpt these ornaments, or use cookie cutters in whatever shapes you have on hand. All you’ll need is corn syrup, gelatin, birdseed, and some string to get these ornaments going.

Making the Mixture

The best part of this recipe is that it’s pretty foolproof - since we’ll be using ratios, you can make this mixture in any quantity you wish. For every tablespoon or packet of gelatin you use, you’ll need to add one tablespoon of corn syrup.. 

The first step is to prepare the gelatin - follow the instructions on the packet, but usually you’ll mix in about a quarter cup of boiling water for every packet of gelatin. Then, once the gelatin is dissolved, add in a corresponding amount of corn syrup. 

From there, simply add in your birdseed - you can buy birdseed in prepared packets, or if it’s easier you can make it yourself out of any small bird-friendly seeds (sunflower, safflower, millet, crushed corn, etc.) You’ll want to add in a little more than a cup of birdseed for every tablespoon of gelatin and corn syrup. You can play around with how much birdseed you add, just keep in mind that you want to add enough birdseed that the mixture is strong and solid, but so much that the birdseed doesn’t bind together. 



You can either sculpt your birdseed ornaments yourself, or use a cookie cutter. For the former, grease your hands slightly with a bit of oil and place a palm sized amount of birdseed mixture onto a greased sheet or parchment paper. Begin sculpting the birdseed into whatever shape you want. Then, make a hole using a straw or large dowel so you’ll have a place to put the string through later. 

If you decide to use a cookie cutter, simply grease the inside and place on parchment paper, then press your mixture into the cutter. Similarly, add a straw or dowel to create a hole for the string. 

Be sure to place the hole as close to the center as you can - you want to make sure the weight is evenly distributed. 


Finishing Up

Place your ornaments into the fridge to set overnight. The next day, gently release the ornaments from the parchment paper or cookie cutters. Loop a string through the hole and tie a knot to create a hanging ornament. 

Then, simply place these ornaments outside on a sturdy branch, and watch your backyard fill up with woodland critters!


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