Gelatin-Free DIY Birdseed Ornaments

With winter quickly approaching, many animals find natural food sources scarce. This DYI Birdseed Ornament is a craft that’s not only fun to make, but great for your backyard animals as well!

What you will need:

  • 1/2 Cup coconut oil
  • 1 Cup birdseed (usually sold in your local grocery store in the pet aisle)
  • 1/4 Cup chopped nuts
  • 2 Tablespoons of nut butter (I used sun butter)
  • Muffin tin or cookie cutters
  • Mixing bowl
  • Stovetop pan
  • Popsicle sticks or straws

Step 1:

Measure out 1/4th a cup of nuts and chop them into small pieces.

Next, measure out 1 cup of bird seed. Mix the nuts into the seed mixture.

Step 2:

Take the 1/2 cup of coconut oil and place it over low heat on the stove. Once the coconut oil is thoroughly melted, mix in the two tablespoons of nut butter until it is smoothly melted together like so:

Step 4:

Slowly stir in the seed and nut mixture until it is a thick consistency. Remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes.

Step 5:

Pour or scoop the mixture into the muffin tins. You can also use a fun mold or even cookie cutters for this, but I had just moved and didn’t have my usual baking supplies. The muffins tins worked well!

The consistency was still a bit thin, so once the mixture was put in the tin I added spoonfuls of seed to the top and patted it down.

Let the mixture sit out at room temperature for about a half hour, or until it has firmed up.

Step 6:

Place straws or popsicle sticks through the middle of the ornament. This will create a hole for you to put yarn through so you can hang your ornament outside.

 

Step 7:

Pop the muffin tin with the popsicle sticks or straws in the freezer and let the mixture cool for another hour or two.

Step 8:

Remove the muffin tin with the solid ornaments from the freezer. You can easily remove the ornaments by pulling the popsicle sticks or straws. You may need to use the popsicle stick to pop through the bottom of the ornament as the mixture may have settled and frozen over the opening. Create a wide enough hole to feed yarn through.

Step 9:

Tie the yarn to make a loop and hang on a branch outside!

 

I found that my backyard animals love these ornaments and have eaten them right up! I went outside this morning and found both ornaments completely gone. I’m guessing the squirrels got to them. I hope you enjoy making these ornaments and remember to always use common sense when feeding wildlife. Read up on my article The Do’s and Don’ts of Feeding Wildlife for more information!

 

 

Author: Lauren Bucciero

Lauren was born and raised in New Hampshire and resides in Maine for school. She graduated from Hanover High School in 2011 and then completed an associates degree in veterinary technology at Great Bay Community College in 2015. Lauren currently works as a veterinary technician at the NHSPCA and she volunteers as a writer for the New England Primate Conservancy. Lauren is a rising senior in the animal behavior program at the University of New England with a minor in writing. She will graduate in 2019 and plans to start a career in wildlife journalism as soon as possible.

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