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 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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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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