If you’re in our Facebook group you’ll know I’ve been a little under the weather this week. We’re stepping slightly away from our usual kitchen delights to share a heartwarming, eco-friendly DIY project – Homemade Hanging Birdseed Ornaments!
We used to make these when we lived in the hills. Perfect for decorating your garden and providing a festive feast for birds, these ornaments are easy to make, great for kids, and a wonderful way to bring nature closer to home this Christmas.
- Birdseed mix (choose the seed mix that will suit the birds you have in your area).
- Gelatin (or agar-agar for a vegan alternative). We normally use the “leaf” for of gelatin for cooking, but the generalloy cheaper powder form is a good fit for this.
- Christmas cookie cutters or silicon semicircle moulds.
- Straws or small sticks.
- Twine or string.
- Non-stick cooking spray.
- Prepare Your Mixture:
- In a saucepan, dissolve two tablespoons of gelatin in 120g of water over low heat.
- Once dissolved, remove from heat and stir in enough birdseed to completely coat it about 3 cups worked ok for me but it’s going to depend on the size of our seeds.
- It’s important here to use ingredients that are safe for the birds to eat. Years ago people used to use PVC glue to set the seeds but it’s toxic so use unflavored gelatin It’s a safe adhesive for bird feeders because it’s edible and commonly used in birdseed cake recipes.
- Mold Your Ornaments:
- Spray your cookie cutters with non-stick cooking spray.
- Fill the cookie cutters with the birdseed mixture, pressing down firmly.
- Insert a straw segment or small stick into each to create a hole for the twine.
- You can use all different cutters, you can also use different kinds of seeds to make different patterns. For instance, you could use millet around the outside of your cutter and a mix in the centre.
- Set and Dry:
- Leave the ornaments to set overnight.
- Gently remove the birdseed shapes from the cutters, ensuring the hole remains intact.
- String Your Ornaments:
- Thread twine through the holes and tie a knot.
- Hang and Enjoy:
- Hang your birdseed ornaments on trees, bushes, fences, birdhouses or stands anywhere your local birds hang out.
- Watch and enjoy as birds flock to your festive treats!
Conclusion: Not only do these homemade birdseed ornaments provide a delightful Christmas snack for birds, but they also add a charming, rustic touch to your garden. This is a fantastic way to teach children about wildlife care and enjoy an eco-friendly holiday activity.
If you made thes and loved them, share your creations with us on our Facebook Group Page!