Bird Seed Ornaments

This is a wonderful craft year-round. It’s a little messy, but easily contained and able to be done outdoors with materials that can just be swept into the yard. They make terrific gifts for all ages – who doesn’t love watching birds in their trees?

The recipe below makes enough for about 4 medium cookie-cutter-sized ornaments.


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 packets unflavored gelatin
  • 1.5 cups birdseed
  • Molds for birdseed: cookie cutters, mason jar lids, jello jiggler molds, mini bundt pans, etc.
  • waxed paper
  • A baking sheet with raised sides is helpful, but not necessary
  1. Line work surface with waxed paper. I like to use rimmed baking sheets because they can be moved around easily – these have to dry for 24 hours.
  2. Spray the molds with nonstick spray.
  3. Combine gelatin and water in a medium saucepan
  4. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally, cooking until the gelatin is completely dissolved.
  5. Remove from heat, let sit for one minute, then stir in birdseed. Add more birdseed if there is liquid remaining in the pan.
  6. Press birdseed mixture into the molds, packing very firmly. Fill about 3/4 up, add the twine at the top, then add the rest of the birdseed. Press as much birdseed as can fit – if these are loose at all, they will fall apart later.
  7. Use a butter knife to smooth the top surface.
  8. Allow to dry 12 hours, flip over, then dry 12 more hours.
  9. Gently remove the ornaments from the molds.
  10. Hang and enjoy! If you are packing these as gifts, be sure to cushion them well.

For a fun twist, add a cookie cutter to the middle of your round mold to leave a shape window in your ornament


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