Watching birds in your own backyard is such an easy way to relax – and who can’t use a little more stress relief these days? These cute birdseed ornaments are easy to make and will bring a little life and color to your yard – and most importantly, they are also safe for the birds!
There are a number of variations on recipes for birdseed ornaments online, but some contain substances like corn syrup which are not good for birds. Some call for suet, which is healthy and perfectly safe for your bird friends, but can be hard to find. I got my basic recipe from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
Ingredients / Supplies:
- Cookie cutters – any shape will do, but I find it’s tougher to fill the corners on the more intricate ones with the birdseed mixture
- Cookie sheet
- Waxed paper
- Cooking spray
- 1 envelope plain gelatin
- 2 T cold water
- 1/3 cup of boiling water
- 2 cups of birdseed
- straws or skewers to make holes. If using straws, I suggest paper straws cut into 3-inch lengths.
- Ribbons (optional)
As a first step, I suggest clearing space in your refrigerator, because we’re going to be storing a cookie sheet in there for a while!
Next, spray the inside of the cookie cutters with vegetable spray, and line them up on a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper.
In a medium-sized bowl, combine the gelatin with two tablespoons of cold water. Stir to combine and let sit for a minute. Then add the boiling water and stir until the gelatin dissolves.
Add birdseed and mix thoroughly to coat.
Carefully spoon the mixture into the cookie cutters, trying to spread it evenly. Poke a length of straw or skewer about half an inch from the top center and leave it there – this will create a hole for the string.
Place cookie sheet in refrigerator to firm up (I left mine overnight).
In the morning, pull the cookie sheet out and let the ornaments come to room temperature before carefully poking them out of the cookie cutters.
Insert string and tie into a loop long enough to hang from tree branches. For a festive touch, you can also add a pretty ribbon. Now sit back and wait for the birds to find their special treat!