DIY Birdseed Ornaments (Make it for Christmas)

by Jenn @ Frugal Upstate on December 14, 2010

When I heard about making birdseed cakes / ornaments I knew I just had to try it out for myself.

You see, I’ve always wanted to decorate a tree for the birds in our backyard.  I would love to string popcorn, raisins and cranberries into a garland to drape on the branches, and then add frugal edible avian ornaments just like these!

Just imagine making a batch and wrapping them up as gifts for bird loving friends & neighbors.  It’s homemade, inexpensive and useful!  Now on to the tutorial.


1 package of unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup of hot water
3/4 cup of flour
3 TBSP of corn syrup
4 cups of birdseed
Molds (silicon or regular muffin tins work well)


1.  In the microwave (or on the stove) heat the water.

2.  Dissolve the unflavored gelatin in the hot water.

3.  Add corn syrup and stir till dissolved.

4.  Pour flour into birdseed and mix well.

5.  Pour water/gelatin/cornsyrup mixture into the birdseed/flour and stir well.  It will start to get “clumpy”.

6.  Cut some straws in half.7.  Fill molds with birdseed mixture and poke a hole through the middle with a chopstick.  Then place a straw in the hole.  Where the straw is will be where you can place a string through your ornament!

8.  Place the whole thing in the fridge to dry/set.  Overnight at a minimum.  Mine wound up sitting in the basement fridge for a week because I got busy.

9.  Pop the completed birdseed ornaments out of the molds and thread a string through the hole.  Hang on a handy tree.

I’ve had these hanging for a few days now, and the birds have not found them yet.  I can’t wait until I see some little feathered friends enjoying their treat!

Although I’ve posted this as a possible Christmas gift, they really can be used any time of year.  I think that a good heavy rain would eventually melt through the gelatin/cornsyrup/flour glue. . . but we already had a drizzle that melted all the snow and the birdseed ornament is still holding together.

If you really wanted to give the birds a feast to remember, you could add some nuts, dried fruit and/or popcorn to the mix!

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