These birdseed ornaments are a project I did with my kids around Christmastime, and so we used Christmas shaped cookie cutters, but it’s a project that can be done any time of the year.
There are a ton of options, but I let my girls pick and we used cutters shaped like a tree, snowflake, gingerbread man, candy can, shooting star, and an angel.
There are a few recipes out there for birdseed ornaments that include flour and corn syrup. These ingredients aren’t really healthy for birds and, besides, they are unnecessary.
Just the water and gelatin are sufficient.
Small birdseed works best.
Make sure you stir the mixture so that the gelatine covers all of the birdseed. The gelatin is what holds the ornaments together.
But if there is still a little puddle in the bottom of the pan after you mix the birdseed in, then go ahead and add a little more birdseed.
Place your cookie cutters upon some waxed paper and fill them with the birdseed.
We used little milkshake spoons because the smaller size fit better into the spaces. But I guess you could use your fingers, too.
Add a piece of string or twine once the cookie cutter is half full. Then scoop more birdseed on top of the string and press it all firmly in the cutter.
I knotted the middle of my sting and stuck that knot inside the ornament for greater support, leaving the other end of the string open so that I could tie it over the larger tree branches in our yard.
Allow them to sit overnight.
Then remove them from the molds by very gently pressing them out.
Try to press them out evenly: putting too much pressure in one area will break them apart.
Above you can see our angel and below our snowflake.
There were little bits and pieces that fell off because there wasn’t enough gelatine in a certain spot, but they mostly held their shapes.
Until the birds and squirrels got a hold of them … but then, that was kind of the point. :)
Birdseed Christmas Ornaments
1/2 cup birdseed
2 packages (.25 ounce each) Knox gelatin
1/2 cup water
Thin rope or twine
Simmer the water in a saucepot. Add the gelatin and stir until fully dissolved.
Remove from heat and stir in the birdseed until all seed is fully coated. If the mixture is still wet after stirring well, add more birdseed.
Place medium to large cookie cutters on top of waxed paper. Scoop birdseed mixture into cookie cutters and fill halfway.
Place a piece of string into the cookie cutter and scoop more birdseed mixture on top of the string, making sure that part of the string is buried into the center of the ornament (I knotted the twine here for support) and part is hanging out. Use a spoon to press the birdseed down firmly.
Allow to sit overnight. Very gently push birdseed ornaments out of cookie cutters and hang where desired. Makes about 6 large shapes.
To print the instructions, click here for the PDF copy: Birdseed Christmas Ornaments