Christmas for the Birds – Making Birdseed Ornaments

on November 28 | in Crafts, DIY, Holidays, Tutorials, Uncategorized | by | with 21 Comments

Birdseed ornament recipe - great kids craft

Yesterday, my girls came running up to me, shouting excitedly …

“look out the window mom!”

They grabbed me by the hand and we ran to the window to see a regal red cardinal perched on a bare branch.

My girls, who love all animals, decided the birds needed a treat.

There are tons of ways to make suet for the birds but I needed something simple.

Luckily, my bird loving neighbor gave me this recipe and we had all the ingredients on hand to whip up our own batch of birdseed ornaments.

Birdseed Ornament Recipe

3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup water
3  T corn syrup
4  cups birdseed
wax paper
cookie cutters
twine or ribbon for hanging

* Line a cookie sheet with wax paper
* Pour flour, water and corn syrup into a bowl and mix together until combined
* Add birdseed until combined
* Pour mixture onto wax paper lined cookie sheet
* Press the mixture with your hands until it’s compact (about 1/2″ – 3/4″ thick)
* Press cookie cutters into birdseed mixture and leave to dry for about 8 hours
* Remove birdseed ornaments from cookie cutters, turn them upside down and let them continue to dry until hard
* Twist jute twine around ornaments and hang from a branch
* Watch the birds flock to your yard and your kids eyes light up

How to make birdseed cakes

Don’t waste a bit.  Toss the broken, leftover chunks of seed into a bowl and set under a tree.

how to make a birdseed ornament

I’m a big believer in making special moments and memories with my girls.  Dipping our hands into the gooey mixture had us roaring!

What traditions have you passed down to your family?


A new tradition I’m excited about starting this year is putting up a white Christmas tree in our kitchen.

Wait until you see what I used as the tree topper.

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21 Responses to Christmas for the Birds – Making Birdseed Ornaments

  1. What a fun craft to do with your children! I made some of these long ago as gifts and they were a big hit.

  2. These ornaments are sweet and thoughtful Kelly. And perfect for the kids to help make. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  3. Love these! I will definitely be making those with my girl. She’s a huge animal lover too and we have lots of birds around in the winter. Thanks for sharing the recipe!


  4. Super cute!! My kiddos would just love making these!

  5. Love this! And I’d bet they look amazing hanging on the trees too. The recipe sounds totally easy… hmmm…

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  7. We are definitely going to make these this weekend! What a great idea!

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  9. Thanks so much for the recipe Kelly…this is a great project to do with my granddaughter…she is an animal lover too!…Such a fun project that has a great positive effect….and can’t wait to see the “surprise topper” for the white kitchen tree!

  10. Corrie says:

    Just got back from the bulk store with a big bag of bird seed! My 4 yr old and I are whipping them up (as soon as I get off the computer)! ;) Thanks for sharing.

  11. MELISSA says:

    This is awesome!!!! My son is DEALTHLY allergic to peanuts/peanut butter and I could never find a way to make our own bird feed projects!! I am so excited we r doing this, this weekend

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  14. Jules says:

    I did this tonight! Perfect add-on gifts for my nature loving family. I am obsessed with your site and thank you for featuring the Beekmans. Love them! Will follow up with results. I ran out of Xmas cutters so I did cats, leaves, duck, heart and Alabama cutters. Haha!

  15. Katie says:

    I tried this an after trying to remove from the cookie cutters they fell apart. I did not get a nice defined ornament…I would suggest more corn syrup.

    • Kelly Eclectically Vintage says:

      I think this may work best with cutter shapes that don’t have a lot of protruding pieces – my cutters were basic shapes. I’m afraid more corn syrup wouldn’t let them harden properly. Sorry it didn’t work for you.

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