A Tree for the Birds & DIY Bird Seed Treats

Advent Fun Bird Seed Treats DIY

In the midst of the hustle and bustle of the season, I’m taking a little time out for some advent fun. I decorated a tree for the birds with bird seed treats, an easy and fun project that kids would enjoy, along with your feathered friends!

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My inspiration took flight from my Birds of a Feather Advent Calendar.

 I have to admit the calendar pages are turning faster than I can keep up with and I seem to by flying by the seat of my pants this month :)

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I’m nesting by my Potting Shed with some bird seed treats that I hung on a small potted tree. I added some berries I cut for decoration along with some orange cups, halved and filled with seed.

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Bird seed treats are easy to make and mold into just about any shape. I used an assortment of cookie cutters as molds for these treats. The less elaborate and smaller shapes will hold together better and longer, especially if they are attacked by squirrels :)

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Here’s what you need:

3/4 cup flour

1/2 cup water

1 envelope unflavored gelatin

3 tbsp. corn syrup

4 cups birdseed

Assorted cookie cutters/molds

Nonstick Spray

Drinking Straws, cut to size

Waxed Paper

Twine/ Ribbon

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Mix flour, water, gelatin and corn syrup in a large mixing bowl. Stir until well-combined. Stir in birdseed, coating the seed with the flour mixture.

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Spray cookie cutters/molds with nonstick spray. Spoon the birdseed mixture into each mold, making it flat as possible on top, pressing down with the back of a spoon. Using a drinking straw, poke a hole through the center near the top of each birdseed mold, making sure it goes all the way through, leaving the straw in until the mixture is set.

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Leave the birdseed mixture inside the molds for 2 – 3 hours. Remove the birdseed mixture from the molds and gently place them upside down on the waxed paper. Allow them to continue to dry overnight.

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Using twine or ribbon, carefully thread it through the hole of your treats, tie and hang on a tree branch!

You can find a printable recipe, here.

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We keep our feeders filled year round, but it is especially important when temperatures drop, days are shorter and when there’s snow on the ground.

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Nesting Bike

A bird house, greenery and pine cones, along with a bird ornament have come home to roost in the basket of a vintage Schwinn Breeze, replacing the gourds and pumpkins this fall.

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And a Carruth Studio plaque of a lady feeding the birds is framed by an evergreen wreath.

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Not quite a self-portrait :)

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Hope you’re taking some time out to feather your nest and savor the season!

Advent Calendar Bird Seed Treats

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  39 comments for “A Tree for the Birds & DIY Bird Seed Treats

  1. Cathy
    December 12, 2014 at 5:41 am

    Totally loved the bird ornaments. Its a great idea to get kids involved and also give sweet treats to our feathered friends. Just adored the cup and saucer in the flower pot container. Thanks for sharing such sweet ideas.

  2. mary
    December 12, 2014 at 7:02 am

    charming, as usual…Where did you find the great lantern bird feeder? My husband wants another bird feeder for the window outside his shop and that one would be just right. Thanks for all your wonderful ideas.

    • December 12, 2014 at 7:47 am

      Thanks Mary, I found the lantern feeder at Lowe’s a couple of weeks ago :)

  3. Carolyn P.
    December 12, 2014 at 7:35 am

    Everything is just lovely!! You have such creative ideas and such an eye for composition. Your photographs are just beautiful!
    Love the sweet orange cups and the cookie cutter seed molds. Thanks for the recipe, too!

  4. Doni
    December 12, 2014 at 7:37 am

    So many things to look at! A fest for my eyes. Thanks a million for sharing. :)

  5. December 12, 2014 at 7:39 am

    Birds must flock to your potting shed Mary, so many wonderful places to perch and to munch! You are having a lot of Advent calender fun, and I’m sure your feathered friends are very appreciative! The seed cookies and oranges are too cute!I love the way you have decorated the bike with the birdhouse “headlight” and the rake full of pine cones!
    Jenna

  6. Tardevil
    December 12, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Looks great & I’m sure the birds are happy. Not sure if I left a comment previously, but Sur la Table has an awesome bird tea towel that looks kind of like last year’s Pottery Barn bags that reminds me of you.

  7. Melissa Leach
    December 12, 2014 at 9:02 am

    What a great post. Photos are spectacular as usual. I’m also a bird lover, I’ll be pinning this for the future. Just love your special Advent calendar! And…the not quite self-portrait ornament is AWESOME!!!

  8. Karen
    December 12, 2014 at 9:14 am

    Thanks for all the beautiful ideas and great recipe instructions. Your pics are magnificent!

  9. December 12, 2014 at 9:19 am

    Love the bird feeding ornaments! It is so needed in snowy cold weather. Thanks for sharing!

  10. December 12, 2014 at 9:19 am

    What a fun and simple project! Your bicycle looks lovely! We make sure our feeder stays full in the deep winter too, so many colorful birds to enjoy here in the mountains.

  11. December 12, 2014 at 9:31 am

    I know the birdies are happy at your home, Mary! Thanks for the recipe for treats for our feathered friends. I love your birdie teacup and saucer and your pretty pillow.

  12. December 12, 2014 at 10:05 am

    how could i not adore this… so much cuteness, right down to your bicycle built for 2… wings ;-) didn’t you love this recipe too, and for once calorie free for me! start pinning girl so i can swipe them for me, i love seeing the calendar thrive with your southern flock~

  13. December 12, 2014 at 10:06 am

    These are just great, Mary — I’ve already pinned this to my Pinterest boards!! My husband makes bark butter for the birds at our place; have you seen this at the bird stores? Our local birds really do love it! I also think your orange cups are so pretty and functional. We’ll have to try that here, too. :)

    Thanks for sharing — I love your tree for the birds! Have a great weekend. :-D

    Hugs,

    Denise

  14. December 12, 2014 at 10:19 am

    I was going to ask about the lantern feeder too, I will be SCURRYING to Lowes ASAP to get one for Joe! It looks like a railrroad lantern so he will LOVE it!!! You exhaust me trying to keep up with all you do! This is such a treat to see! I have potting shed envy BIG TIME!!!!

  15. December 12, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    The birds will be oh so happy to find these delicious treats. I hope the squirrels don’t get there first! Like you, I’m finding the days flying by all too fast, but that seems to be the way of things these days.

  16. December 12, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Just beautiful, Mary. The days may be taking wing, but your magic is abundant and everywhere.

  17. Laurin Lindsey
    December 12, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    A great post with loads of wonderful ideas! I love feeding the birds : )

  18. Karen
    December 12, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    I make bird treats with suet I get from the butcher. Melted and then I add some cornmeal, oats, bird seed, even some peanut butter. Mix well. I put foil around the bottom of the cookie cutter and then pour or pack in the suet mixture. A string can be added first while the suet is still warm.The suet is really good for cold weather as it helps the birds to keep warm. Made these
    one year as gifts for garden club members.
    Love your potting shed and all your sweet bird things.

  19. Robyn
    December 12, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    love your tree and the lantern bird feeder! That is adorable….please share where you found it!

    • December 12, 2014 at 8:38 pm

      Thanks Robyn! The feeder came from Lowe’s ;)

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  20. Cynthia Raines
    December 13, 2014 at 12:16 am

    I make my own bird treats too Mary, but never with a cookie cutter mold. Thanks for the great idea. Every picture is one I could stare at all day! We all appreciate your talent and are all “birds of a feather, who flock together” – to your blog!

  21. Diane
    December 13, 2014 at 1:17 am

    I absolutely love everything you do!! Thank you so much for loads of inspiration.

  22. gardenannie
    December 14, 2014 at 8:44 am

    I love the bird seed ornaments. Seems they would stay together better than using lard or suet which tends to melt when it gets the least bit warm here in the piney woods of east Texas. Where or where did you get the red lantern bird feeder? Charming!!

  23. Catherine Krol
    December 14, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    This would keep you busy and the birds fed. Our new neighbors are really going to town on those bushes.

    Sent from my iPad

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  24. December 15, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    Love the bird seed tree!…and the birds are loving you!…Just love all of the pretties around the garden shed and that Birds of a Feather Advent Calendar is the cutest!!!

  25. Sheri Skidmore
    January 7, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    Mary: Love the bird seed ornaments! I made several to go on top of a present for my sister-in-law (a bird feeder). She loved the ornaments (and so did my birds). Thanks for posting. I am new to your blog. Glad I found it.

  26. Carol Thompson
    November 30, 2015 at 6:49 am

    Love it all! Do you remember where you got the red throw and bird pillow?

    • November 30, 2015 at 8:13 am

      Thanks Carol, the throw came from Target the pillow from Pottery Barn :)

  27. Pam
    November 30, 2015 at 9:06 am

    I must say selfishly that I do not share with my co-workers where my great ideas come from- YOU! I am the oldest person in the building so I need some kind of leg up. I worked many years doing two full time jobs (one was Nordstrom customer service for 15 years) putting my four wonderful kids through college. Now I wait for your email and try to emulate most your ideas. My grandchildren and I will be building a bird tree this Christmas. Thanks for always making my day!!!!

    ps your mother in law is in our prayers.

  28. Kathy G
    December 12, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    Back for seconds, such a sweet post. You have inspired an after Christmas get together with a group of friends to make treats for our feathered friends. I have related what you posted about long dark cold nights and the need for food, suet and water and the gals were more than happy to do this project. Thanks for all your lovely posts, cant get enough!!
    Warmest Regards, Always,
    Kathy G

  29. Laurie
    December 28, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    Love the bird feeder…running to Lowes tomorrow …..where did you find the bird cookie cutters ….

    • December 29, 2016 at 6:34 am

      The cookie cutters came from HomeGoods and Sur la Table.

  30. Wendy
    July 5, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    My bird seed treats are not getting hard enough what could I be doing wrong?

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