Kid Craft: Outdoor Bird Seed Ornaments

This is one of my favorite kid-friendly crafts!  Don’t get me wrong, I love every piece of art my kiddos make, but this isn’t just another piece of paper, it’s something you can use.  Plus it makes a great gift for grandparents.  🙂

With the holiday season in full swing, we want our kids to understand (and experience) the importance of giving.  After some quality family time making these ornaments, the best part is giving them as a gift.  That is the moment that’s memorable.

Since, not everyone enjoys looking at Christmas shapes after the actual holiday, we decided to use mason jar rings this year.  These keep it fun even after Santa’s annual trip around the globe.

Before getting started, make sure you have everything you’ll need.  This is important… you don’t want to mix the ingredients and realize you’re missing something.  The hardening process starts in less than an hour.

Here’s a list of supplies you will need:


Every child’s ability varies depending on maturity or cognitive and physical ability.  Parents need to use their own discretion when assigning tasks.  These are general guidelines for the Outdoor Bird Seed Ornaments.

18 months – 3 years old:

  • Name and count ingredients with child
  • Add ingredients to bowl
  • Lay molds out onto parchment paper
  • Assist with pressing bird seed mixture into molds

Ages 3 – 5 years old

  • All of tasks from younger than 3 years old
  • Measure and count ingredients
  • Mix ingredients together
  • Place straws into ornament hole
  • Cut string for ornaments
  • Cut straws into 2 inch pieces

Ages 6 – 7 years old

  • All of the younger tasks
  • Press bird seed mixture into molds independently
  • Tie string around ornaments
  • Remove ornaments from molds

Ages 8 – 9 years old

  • All of the younger tasks
  • Use a wooden skewer to create a hole for the ornament string

Ages 10 – 12 years old

  • All of the younger tasks


  • Wash everyone’s hands before and after with this one!
  • It is okay for your kitchen to get a little messy.
  • Keep in mind that your child is learning, so patience is key!

Kid Craft: Outdoor Bird Seed Ornaments

Course: Kid Craft
Author: Stacey Weichelt, RDN, CD


  • ½ cup water
  • ¾ cup flour
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 3 Tbsp corn syrup
  • 4 cups birdseed
  • Straws
  • Wooden skewer
  • Nonstick spray
  • Molds cookie cutters or jar rings
  • Parchment paper
  • String ribbon or twine


  • Start by adding water, flour, gelatin and corn syrup into a large bowl. Mix ingredients until evenly combined.
  • Add bird seed to gelatin mixture and stir until gelatin mixture has evenly coated the bird seed. Set aside while you prepare the molds.
  • Line baking sheets or flat surface with parchment paper. This will need to be a surface that allows the ornaments to dry for 24 hours. Spray your molds with nonstick cooking spray. I have used holiday cookie cutters and jar rings. Set the greased molds on the parchment paper. You are now ready to fill.
  • Scoop seed mixture into molds and press in firmly. Repeat until all molds are filled (or until you run out of seed).
  • Next, I take a wooden skewer and create a hole towards the top for a string. Make sure the hole is far enough from the top that it won’t break off when you hang it. Cut your drinking straws into 2 inch pieces. Place the straw in the hole you created on each ornament.
  • Allow ornaments to dry for 24 hours. I found it helpful to flip the ornaments after 12 hours to ensure adequate drying on the bottom.
  • Once the ornaments are dry, remove from the molds and add string. These are great gifts for grandparents, teachers, and neighbors. Better yet, have your kiddos put them on your tree, for your whole family to watch the birds enjoy.


Tip: Put a sandwich bag on your child’s hands before starting and spray with nonstick cooking spray. This prevents the seed from sticking to their hands.


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