• Sarah Caughron

For the Birds: A Bird Seed Treat!

Updated: Apr 10, 2020

We like to make Christmas gifts for our neighbors. A few years ago, we made these edible birdhouses, and they were so much fun to make and give! I like this as a gift because the recipient can enjoy watching birds and doesn't have to store, eat, or dust the gift.

Ingredients and Supplies:

  • Flour

  • Gelatin

  • Corn Syrup

  • Bird seed (I used wild mix and black oil sunflower seeds)

  • Wooden/unpainted birdhouses**

  • Beach towel or surface upon which to work and be able to shake or sweet off

  • Measuring cups

  • Stirring stick or spoon

  • Bowls for bird seed

  • Baby wipes to use while working

Optional supplies (that I doubt the birds like or care about):

**If you would rather make ornaments simply use cookie cutters, and follow the directions linked below from Birds and Blooms.

(Recipe adapted from Birds and Blooms bird seed ornament recipe.)

How to make the seed paste...

Mix the following in a large bowl or measuring cup, using the directions below, until it is the consistency of paste:

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 3 teaspoons unflavored gelatin

  • 3 Tablespoons corn syrup

  • 3/4 cup flour

Heat water, gelatin and corn syrup together over a low heat. No need to boil.

Slowly add flour to gelatin mixture.

Our work station looked a little messy, but we had fun:

My son loved covering the bird houses in paste and sprinkling bird seed on the birdhouse. We used black sunflowers for the roof and wild bird seed for the walls.

If you like, add any cranberries to the paste-covered wall or roof while the paste is wet (similar to placing a large piece of candy on a gingerbread house).

After the bird houses dried, we added decorative finishing-touches including some moss.

All packaged and ready to be delivered to friends and neighbors!

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