Treat the Tweets

These Homemade Bird Seed Ornaments are easy to make, and your backyard birds will love them. A few simple ingredients are all it takes for this great nature activity. DIY birdseed ornaments are a fun winter project to do with the kids too.

What you will need:

  • Cookie Cutters
  • 2.5 cups bird seed
  • 2 packets of unflavored gelatin
  • 3 tbsp. corn syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • divided 1/4 cup lemon juice mixed with 1 cup water
  • 4 drinking straws, cut into smaller pieces
  • Twine or ribbon for hanging


  • In a large bowl, mix 1/2 cup cold water and 2 packets of gelatin.
  • Pour in the 1/2 cup boiling water and mix well.
  • Mix in corn syrup, stir.
  • Mix in bird seed.
  • Allow the mixture to sit in your refrigerator for about 30 minutes to partially set.
  • Meanwhile, line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Slice your apples, the thicker the better, and then dip in the lemon juice mixed with water.
  • Place dipped apple slices on parchment paper.
  • Using the cookie cutter of your choice, cut out the center of the apple (over the core and seeds), being careful to leave enough room for a hole to be punched for the string.
  • Take your birdseed mixture from the refrigerator and fill the cookie cutter hole; use a spoon to press the mixture into the center to pack them full.
  • To create a hole for hanging, take a drinking straw and punch a hole a good distance from the outer edge of the ornament, but still towards the top.
  • Put your Birdseed Ornaments in the refrigerator overnight.
  • String the twine through the hole you made with the straw, tie it closed and hang outside for the birds to feast!