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.

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The ornament recipe is very sticky, so I recommend 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.

This project was easy to work with, and I was able to get my kids involved despite the stickiness. They helped me with making the mix, filling the cookie cutter, and creating the holes.

Your kids will love getting involved in this project. Mine love any opportunity to decorate, as well as help animals. I can also let them choose their favorite cookie cutters to make their own custom birdseed ornaments.

Using a parchment paper lined cookie sheet will allow you to move the ornaments out of the way while they harden for 4-8 hours. The parchment paper will also keep the ornaments from sticking to the cookie sheet so you can easily lift them away.

As an extra treat, I’ve decorated the ornaments with smooth peanut butter and Nyjer birdseed. The birdseed sticks easily to the peanut butter, but you may want to refrigerate your extra ornaments so the peanut butter stays firm before you hang them.

You can use a piece of twine or ribbon to hang your ornaments. Personally, I prefer the look of the ribbon, plus it holds up a little better if you want to reuse it for future ornaments.

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Make a treat for your song bird friends and dress up your bird feeding station with these heart shaped bird seed ornaments.
Bird Seed Ornaments

Bird Seed Ornaments

Yield: 12 ornaments
Active Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Homemade birdseed ornaments can be made in any shape you like to adorn your trees and bird feeding stations and benefit your song bird friends.

Materials

  • Non-stick cooking spray or lard
  • 2 metal spoons
  • Heart shaped cookie cutter
  • Parchment paper
  • Medium sauce pan
  • Disposable drinking straw
  • Small Ziploc bag
  • 1/4" red satin ribbon

Tools

  • 1/2 c water
  • 1 packet unflavored gelatin
  • 3 Tbsp corn syrup
  • 3/4 c flour
  • 3 c Finch birdseed mix
  • 1/2 c Nyjer seed
  • 1/4 c natural peanut butter

Instructions

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.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

bird seed ornaments made with a red heart shaped cookie cutter

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, leaving space away from the edge of the ornament and 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.

squeezing smooth peanut butter onto bird seed ornaments for song birds

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.

sprinkling black Nyjer birdseed onto peanut butter for bird seed ornaments

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.

heart shaped bird seed ornaments hanging from red ribbons by bird feeder outside

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.

Notes

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.

Use your ornaments to decorate the area around your bird feeder, or anywhere your song birds frequent. They can be used any time to provide birdseed outdoors, but especially in winter.

You can hang the ornaments from trees that are otherwise bare of leaves and berries, and use them to make natural Christmas trees for the birds.

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