DIY Birdseed Ornaments

DIY Birdseed Ornaments

Add some seasonal cheer to your garden by making birdseed cakes using your favorite holiday shapes.

Making birdseed ornaments is super easy and a great family activity. Not only do these charming seed cakes add cheer to your outdoor space, but they also serve to feed the hungry birds getting ready for warmer weather. All you need is a bit of birdseed, some gelatin, and a little water.

DIY Birdseed Ornaments in Easter Shapes

Only 3 Simple Ingredients

To make birdseed cakes in general, all you need is birdseed, gelatin, and water.

Any type of outdoor birdseed will do, but some mixtures are formulated to attract different types of birds. So, if you want to feed a specific bird family, check the label on what you’re getting. I use the general seed mixture so I can feed the maximum variety of birds.

For those birds who forage on the ground, they’ll still be able to partake in your seed cake creations because the birds feeding on them will knock some seed to the ground as they peck

Gelatin, the unflavored kind and absolutely not Jell-O, is the “glue” that holds the birdseed together. If you’re vegan, you can use an equal amount of agar agar. The birds won’t mind!

Adding water to activate the gelatin is the only other ingredient you’ll need for the basic birdseed cake.

Easily Customizable

You can embellish this basic recipe with other wild bird-friendly goodies like:

  • crushed, unsalted peanuts
  • shelled sunflower seeds
  • tiny bits of dried fruit

Do an internet search to find what birds in your region like most!

What Not To Add

There are many things that shouldn’t be fed to wild birds, and here’s a short list.

  • Milk products: Birds can’t digest it.
  • Bread: Bread holds no nutritional value for birds. They like it and will probably stuff themselves on it, but it won’t keep them healthy.
  • Rice: Uncooked rice expands in a bird’s stomach, which can cause tearing and even death.

This is not an exhaustive list, so if you’re unsure, do a little online research.

Assembling the Birdseed Cakes

For this recipe, I used large, 1″ deep metal cookie cutters, but you can use any type of mold. Just make sure you spray them with olive oil or a non-stick cooking spray, as the birdseed mixture will stick.

  1. Spray the molds with non-stick spray.
  2. Add the packet of unflavored gelatin and 2 tablespoons of water to a medium bowl. Let it sit for 1 minute to “bloom.”
  3. Pour the 1/3 cup of boiling water into the gelatin and stir until it’s completely dissolved.
  4. Add in the birdseed and mix until well-coated.
  5. Lay your molds on a lined cookie sheet. Spoon the birdseed mixture into the molds and press down to compact the seed. The mixture will be sticky!
  6. Using a straw or chopstick, poke a hole in the mold where the string will go.
  7. Refrigerate molds overnight.
  8. In the morning, gently remove the birdseed from the molds. Lace the string or ribbon through to hang outside.
  9. Sit back and watch your feathery friends enjoy your creation!

Store any extra in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use them. They will get moldy if you don’t, and then you’ll have to throw them away.

While these birdseed cakes won’t melt in the hot sun, they may begin to disintegrate with a lot of rainfall.

This birdseed cake recipe is simple yet versatile. You can use nearly anything as a mold.

DIY Birdseed Ornaments

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Turn your birdseed into adorable ornaments with only a few simple ingredients! Hang them in your garden or yard, and watch your feathered friends flock to enjoy the treat you've crafted just for them.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Refrigerate Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes
Course Crafts

Equipment/Supplies

  • Silicone molds, cookie cutters, ramekins, cupcake tins
  • Rope or ribbons
  • Straw or chopstick something to make a hole

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups wild birdseed
  • 1 packet unflavored gelatin* (not Jell-O)
  • 1/3 cup water plus 2 tablespoons
  • 3 tbsp peanuts, unsalted, crushed (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Spray the molds or cookie cutters with non-stick spray.
  • In a medium bowl, mix the packet of unflavored gelatin with 2 tablespoons water, and let sit for 1 minute
  • Pour the 1/3 cup of boiling water into gelatin and stir until the gelatin is completely dissolved.
  • Add in the birdseed and mix until well coated.
  • Lay your molds on a lined cookie sheet. Spoon the birdseed mixture into molds and press down to compact the seed. Mixture will be sticky.
  • Using a straw or chopstick, poke a hole in the mold where the string will go.
  • Refrigerate overnight.
  • The next day, gently remove the birdseed from the molds. Lace the string or ribbon through to hang outside.

Notes

*Vegan Option

Use an equal amount of agar, about 2 1/2 teaspoons, in place of the gelatin.

Shelf-life & Storage

Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 weeks.
Keyword Bird, Birdseed, Crafts
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Dog Treat Mix Gift Jar

Dog Treat Mix Gift Jar

This easy DIY dog lover gift is perfect for holiday and birthday gift-giving.

Giving a homemade dog treat mix gift jar is a great way to show your family and friends that you also care about their furry companion. And don’t worry! The recipe is so simple that even someone who claims they can’t cook can make these treats.

Dog Treat Mix Gift Jar

Four Simple Ingredients

Minimal ingredients are ideal for any pet treat. Fewer ingredients reduce the chances of allergic reactions, plus being made at home adds that special ingredient no creature is allergic to and that just can’t be quantified: love.

This peanut & apple dog treat mix recipe has only four ingredients, including crushed peanuts, for that yummy peanut butter flavor. All the dog lover needs to add to bake up flavorful treats is some unsweetened applesauce.

Easily Customizable

The recipe can be tailored to fit different taste buds or dietary restrictions.

If Fido can’t have peanuts, replace them with dehydrated apples, freeze-dried strawberries, or other thoroughly dried, crispy fruit. It’ll just need to be chopped up finely when adding to the treat mix.

If you don’t have any unsalted peanuts at home, but you have peanut butter powder, you can swap with that.

If oats are off the list, replace them with whole wheat or buckwheat flour.

Just keep in mind that the liquid needed to bring the dough together might need to be increased or decreased depending on what was changed or added.

What You Need

Gather the ingredients for the peanut & apple dog treat mix along with the following supplies:

  • Mason jar or small treat jar. The container can serve as the cookie jar once the treats are made!
  • Index card for the details and baking instructions. 
  • Twine to tie the recipe card/tag to the jar.
  • Hole punch to make the hole in the card or tag.

Assembling the Dog Treat Gift Jar

  • Gently layer the ingredients one at a time into the jar, starting with the oat flour or the ingredient you have the most of.
  • Seal the jar and affix the tag. You can either write your own or use the one we created for this recipe (below).

This dog treat gift jar recipe is simple yet versatile. It can make cut-out cookies or hand-rolled nuggets.

Gift Tag Details

You can either write these details on your own index card/gift tag, or print out the one we created for this recipe (below).

What You’ll Need

  • ½ cup applesauce, unsweetened
  • 2 tablespoons water

Directions for Baking

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
  2. In medium bowl, empty contents of jar.
  3. Add wet ingredients and combine until dough comes together.
  4. If you’re making cut-outs:
    • Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and let sit for 2-3 minutes
    • Roll dough to ¼-inch thick
  5. If rolling by hand:
    • Roll into balls and flatten using a fork
  6. Place on lined cookie sheet.
  7. Bake 25-35 minutes or until treats look very dry. (Note: For softer treats, bake for less time.)
  8. Transfer to wire rack and cool completely.

Shelf-life & Storage

Crunchy: Keep stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. These treats will last 3-4 weeks. Refrigerate for longer shelf-life.

Soft: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. These can also be frozen for up to 3 months.

Click on the image below to open the gift tag and print it. (NOTE: This tag doesn’t include the Shelf-life & Storage details, but you can write them on the back if you wish.

Dog Treat Mix Gift Jar Tag
Dog Treat Mix Gift Jar

Dog Treat Mix Gift Jar

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Giving a homemade dog treat mix gift jar is a great way to show your family and friends that you also care about their furry companion. And don’t worry! The recipe is so simple, even someone who claims they can’t cook can make these treats.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Assembly 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Crafts, Special Occasions
Cuisine Dog Treats
Servings 42 2" treats

Equipment/Supplies

  • 1 Mason jar or small treat jar
  • Index card for recipe (or use our printable tag)
  • Twine
  • Hole punch
  • 1 Cookie cutter (optional)

Ingredients
  

Ingredients for the Gift Jar

  • 1.5 cups oat flour
  • 1/4 cup peanuts (unsalted), crushed
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon optional

Instructions
 

Gift Jar Instructions

  • Layer the dry ingredients into the jar and seal it.
  • Write the recipe details (Ingredients, What You’ll Need, Directions for Baking, and Storage) onto an index card or print out our tag.
  • Punch a hole in the recipe index card/tag and affix to the jar with twine, along with the cookie cutter, if using.

Notes

Shelf-life & Storage

  • Crunchy: Keep stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. These treats will last 3-4 weeks. Refrigerate for longer shelf-life.
  • Soft: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. These can also be frozen for up to 3 months.
Keyword Christmas, dog birthday, dog gift, holiday
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Also published on Vitacost’s blog. Check it out!