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How to Make Birdseed Ornaments

By: Garden Gate staff
Decorate your garden or make a gift for a friend — birds will love these birdseed ornaments!

Finished birdseed ornaments hung in a tree: These birdseed ornaments are sure to bring birds to your yard, and dress up your tree, too!

Decorate your garden with birdseed ornaments

Whip up a batch of these delicious ornaments and the birds will thank you! This easy project looks great dangling from the branches of the conifers in your garden. It doesn’t take much time, and the ingredients are easy to find. You might even have them on hand already!

Customize your birdseed ornaments

Feel free to swap up the nuts and dried fruit with some that you have on hand to keep the process easy. Personalize each ornament or make it festive by choosing specially patterened ribbon. Or use neutral-colored raffia, as in the photo above, for a look that will last all winter long — as long as the birds don’t gobble them up first!

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  • Microwave safe bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • Ribbon or raffia
  • Muffin tin

Ingredients (makes 6 birdseed ornaments)

  • ¾ cup white or wheat flour
  • 3 cups birdseed mix
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup raw peanuts
  • ½ cup water (brought to a boil)
  • ¼ ounce unflavored gelatin
  • 3 Tbsp. light corn syrup

How to make birdseed ornaments

Mix together the dry ingredients with the water and gelatin mixture: Mix together the dry ingredients with the water and gelatin mixture.

Step 1: Mix up the ingredients

Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Next, microwave the water until boiling in a glass measuring cup or bowl, dump in the gelatin and stir it until it dissolves. Stir in the corn syrup, then pour the liquids over the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.

Add the combined mixture to the muffin tin to mold the ornaments: Add the combined mixture to the muffin tin to mold the ornaments.

Step 2: Mold the birdseed ornaments

Spoon the “dough” into a muffin tin. You should have enough for about six ornaments. The dough should be thick enough that you can’t pour it — see how it’s sticking to the spoon? While the mix is still moist, poke a hole with a wooden spoon handle. This will make it easy to hang the ornaments.

Add a ribbon to the finished birdseed ornaments so they can be hung: Add a ribbon or raffia to your finished ornaments so you can hang them up for the birds.

Step 3: Finish the ornaments

Allow the mix to harden for at least three hours before dumping the cakes out of the muffin tin. Let them dry thoroughly overnight, add a colorful ribbon or raffia for hanging and you’re done!

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Published: Dec. 11, 2018
Updated: Dec. 1, 2020

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