Attracting song birds to our yards can help control pests like mosquitoes, while also adding some enjoyable bird watching to our days. Bird seed ornaments make a lovely addition to bird feeding stations, and can be made into any shape we like. I’ve chosen hearts because I want to show my song bird friends some love. These hanging bird seed ornaments are a really cute way to decorate outside, while also benefiting our feathered friends.
The mix is very sticky, so I recommending using a couple of greased, metal spoons to handle the bird seed and put it into the mold. I also recommend greasing your cookie cutter before you get started and a couple times while you’re working. Stickiness aside, the project was easy to work with, and I was able to get my kids involved making the ornaments making the mix, filling the cookie cutter, and making the holes.
For this project you will need:
Bird Seed Ornaments
In a medium saucepan, mix together water, gelatin, and corn syrup. Heat over medium heat until the gelatin has dissolved in the water. Remove from heat and whisk in flour until it forms a paste. Using a greased metal spoon, mix in 3 c Finch birdseed mix.
Place a greased heart-shaped cookie cutter on the parchment paper. Using two greased metal spoons, drop a couple spoonfuls of birdseed mix into the cookie cutter. Press the birdseed into the mold with the back of one of the metal spoons. Use a disposable drinking straw to create a hold for hanging the ornament, making sure the hole goes all the way through. You may need to twist and wiggle the straw a little bit to move the bird seed out of the way. Squeeze the birdseed inside the straw back into the pan. Lift the cookie cutter off of the ornament, using the back of a spoon if necessary to keep the ornament on the parchment paper.
Repeat this process until all of the birdseed mix is used. This recipe makes about 12 bird seed ornaments. Let the ornaments harden for at least 4 hours. I like to make them in the evening and let them set overnight.
Place 1/4 c peanut butter in a small Ziploc bag. Make sure you use a peanut butter that does not contain any artificial sweeteners as they can be poisonous to animals. Squeeze the peanut butter into one corner of the bag and cut the tip off of the corner of the bag. Squeeze any extra air out of the bag and seal it shut. You can now use the bag to decorate the ornaments with peanut butter.
Sprinkle Nyjer seed over the peanut butter decorations. The Nyjer seed sticks to the peanut butter pretty easily, so you don’t really need to press it down to make it stick. Gently shake any extra seed off of the ornament.
Lace a piece of 1/4″ red satin ribbon through the hole made by the drinking straw and hang your bird seed ornaments where your songbirds congregate. Extra ornaments can be stored in a cool, dry place until ready for use. We put ours in the fridge just so the peanut butter wouldn’t get soft and messy.