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diy birdseed ornament for hanging outdoors

Last year the boys and I made pinecone bird feeders, but since we were running low on peanut butter this time around I went in search of a new recipe for bird seed treats. I found this great recipe from Infarrantly Creative that was super easy to whip up (my nearly-five and six-year-olds mixed it up all by themselves), and the results were fantastic!

kids mixing bird seed mixture
You’ll need:
4 cups of bird seed
1/2 cup of warm water
1 envelope of Knox gelatin
3/4 a cup of flour
bundt pan (we used a mini pan)
nonstick spray
3 tbl. light corn syrup
Combine the water and the gelatin, then whisk in the flour and corn syrup. Finish by mixing in the bird seed and pressing the mixture into a lightly greased pan.
bird seed mixture added to baking pan
Let dry for a few hours in the bundt pan, and then pop ’em out of the mold so they can dry out completely for the next 24 hours. Add a length of ribbon for hanging, and go outside to deliver your birdie treats!
Note: these do NOT hold up in the rain, so be sure to hang them somewhere covered or be prepared for them to end up as bird seed cake chunks on the ground after the next storm (not that I’m speaking from experience or anything) 🙂
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    1. I’m sure that honey would be an acceptable substitute. It’s purpose is to help hold all of the loose ingredients together, so honey should also work well.

    1. I have never tried using golden syrup, but I do think it would work. If you try it, please come back and let us know how it worked out!

  1. What a fun way to make bird feeders! The ones that we made are almost gone, so this would be a great way to replenish them! Thanks for stopping by famiglia&seoul to enter our giveaway. So glad I found your site. 🙂