A Fun Winter Craft Project: Feed the Birds with DIY Birdseed Owls

Feed the birds with Owl Birdseed Treats! A hoot to make and a fun craft project and winter activity to feed your feathered friends. 

DIY Birdseed Owls! A hoot to make and a fun craft project and winter activity to feed your feathered friends. | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #diy #winter #birds #craft #owl

Happy Friday!

How about a fun winter craft project to feed the birds?

DIY Birdseed Owls! A hoot to make and a fun craft project and winter activity to feed your feathered friends. | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #diy #winter #birds #craft #owl

These Birdseed Owls are a hoot to make and a fun activity for a winter day!

They come together quickly, just requiring time to set, 8 hours or overnight.

Little hands will enjoy helping and hanging these bird seed treats to keep your feathered friends fed during the cold winter months.

Use your creativity to embellish the owl faces and add details with

other bird ‘edibles’, such as raw almonds, raisins, other seeds, etc.

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The inspiration came from these Birdseed Owls I spied at Gardener’s Supply Company. . .

Spiced Owl Cakelets with Maple Glaze for a Happy Owl-oween

I thought my silicone Owl Baking Mold from Sur La Table would work equally well to make

birdseed owls as it did to make Spiced Owl Cakelets with Maple Glaze

for a Happy Owl-oween! 🦉

Spiced Owl Cakelets with Maple Glaze for a Happy Owl-oween

The mold is no longer available from Sur la Table but there is a similar owl mold available on Amazon.

DIY Birdseed Owls! A hoot to make and a fun craft project and winter activity to feed your feathered friends. | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #diy #winter #birds #craft #owl

Here’s what you need to make Birdseed Owls:

🦉 1 envelope unflavored gelatin, such as Knox

🦉 3/4 cup all purpose flour

🦉 1/2 cup hot water

🦉 3 tbsp. corn syrup

🦉 4 cups birdseed

🦉 Owl mold or cookie cutters

🦉 Nonstick Spray

🦉Twine and greening / floral u-pins

DIY Birdseed Owls! A hoot to make and a fun craft project and winter activity to feed your feathered friends. | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #diy #winter #birds #craft #owl

Method:

Mix the gelatin packet with hot water until dissolved; stir in corn syrup.

In large bowl, mix flour with birdseed, then pour in gelatin mixture and thoroughly combine.

DIY Birdseed Owls! A hoot to make and a fun craft project and winter activity to feed your feathered friends. | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #diy #winter #birds #craft #owl

Spray your mold with nonstick spray and spoon seed mixture into your mold.

Press seed mixture to pack down firmly with the back of a spoon or spatula to fill cavities.

Floral u-pins and twine for DIY Bird Seed Treats | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #diy #winter #birds #craft

I tied some garden twine to some floral u-pins / greening pins for hanging.

My u-pins were 1.75″ long to help support the weight of the seed mixture.

DIY Birdseed Owls! A hoot to make and a fun craft project and winter activity to feed your feathered friends. | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #diy #winter #birds #craft #owl

Press the u-pin tied with twine into back of seed mixture at an angle for hanging. Press the seed mixture again, making sure it’s firmly packed around the pin. Place your mold somewhere cold or in the refrigerator (I placed mine on the porch) to set and firm up overnight. After mixture has set, pop your birdseed mixture out of your mold. A silicone mold makes this super easy as it flexes.

DIY Birdseed Owls! A hoot to make and a fun craft project and winter activity to feed your feathered friends. | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #diy #winter #birds #craft #owl

To add the owl details. . . eyes, beak and talons, mix up some edible “glue”, (the same mixture, without the seed):

🦉 3/4 cup flour

🦉 1/2 cup hot water

🦉 1 envelope unflavored gelatin, such as Knox

🦉 3 tbsp. corn syrup.

I used half a recipe of edible “glue”.

The glue stays workable for about 30 minutes so it’s best to have your supplies ready to go once your glue is mixed.

DIY Birdseed Owls! A hoot to make and a fun craft project and winter activity to feed your feathered friends. | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #diy #winter #birds #craft #owl

To attach a beak, eyes and talons, apply the “glue” with a brush to the seed mixture surface where you want to place them. For the beak, I used a raw almond, raisins for eyes and sunflower seeds for talons. I cut some juniper sprigs to glue on for some feather details on the owls faces.  Allow your owls to sit for 2 – 3 hours for the features to set and glue to dry before hanging.

DIY Birdseed Owls! A hoot to make and a fun craft project and winter activity to feed your feathered friends. | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #diy #winter #birds #craft #owl

I left some of the owls talon-free. . .🦉

DIY Bird Seed Treats | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #diy #winter #birds #craft

I had more seed mixture than I had cavities in my owl mold so I used a muffin tin to mold it, so my surplus mixture didn’t go to waste.

DIY Birdseed Owls! A hoot to make and a fun craft project and winter activity to feed your feathered friends. | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #diy #winter #birds #craft #owl

If you can’t find a silicone owl pan / mold you can use the same method as seen HERE, filling an owl cookie cutter.

DIY Bird Seed Treats using cookie cutters | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #diy #winter #birds #craft

The method is the same, spraying your cookie cutter with nonstick spray for easy removal, then filling with your seed mixture. Instead of using u-pins, I used a drinking straw to poke a hole through the center near the top of each birdseed mold, making sure it went all the way through. Leave the straw in until the mixture is set. When set, remove the straw and thread with twine to hang.

Create a birdseed bed & breakfast for your feathered friends! An easy and fun DIY project with the kids for a snowy or cold winter day | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #winter #DIY #birdfeeder #birdhouse

Find another fun project for the birds, a Birdseed Bed & Breakfast!

An easy DIY project with the kids for a snowy or cold winter day

DIY Birdseed Owls! A hoot to make and a fun craft project and winter activity to feed your feathered friends. | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #diy #winter #birds #craft #owl

This a fun project that little hands would enjoy helping to make to feed your feathered friends!

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  21 comments for “A Fun Winter Craft Project: Feed the Birds with DIY Birdseed Owls

  1. January 14, 2022 at 7:46 am

    Good morning, Mary. This is a cute craft for my girls and how they love a craft. Cardinals have taken up residence in our Lady Banks Rose arbor and we are enjoying watching them from the kitchen window. Of course, RM feeds them. Happy Friday!

    • Cyndi Raines
      January 16, 2022 at 1:04 am

      Cute, cute, cute! Pinning! Wish I felt more energetic, so saving this this for future. Thanks Mary!🦉

  2. Ann Woleben
    January 14, 2022 at 8:03 am

    A fun project to do with my grandnieces! Thank you~

  3. January 14, 2022 at 8:12 am

    A darling project! I enjoy feeding our birds! And they surely would love these. Thank you, Mary! Happy Weekend!

  4. January 14, 2022 at 8:32 am

    Good morning, Mary! Your little owls are just so adorable, and such a cute project for our feathered friends. Thank you for sharing this with us. Happy weekend!

  5. January 14, 2022 at 8:48 am

    Those are adorable! I have 6 feeders I have to fill daily, this would be a fun diversion if we get another rainy day! Love the owls~

  6. Clara
    January 14, 2022 at 9:33 am

    Mary, What a wonderful way to feed the birds. Good idea! Thanks! Clara ❤️

  7. January 14, 2022 at 9:41 am

    So cute Mary! Your feathered friends are so well fed! Stay warm and cozy this weekend!
    Jenna

  8. Rebecca Payne
    January 14, 2022 at 10:25 am

    I love these. So cute. Thank for sharing.

  9. January 14, 2022 at 10:29 am

    Super cute little owls. I have that same mold. I love making treats for the sweet birds.

  10. Karen
    January 14, 2022 at 11:31 am

    Yikes! You’re in for some cold weather this weekend! I know you’ll protect your beautiful garden/yard considering how much TLC you put into it. Stay warm and dry!

  11. Melody MacGinnis Reed
    January 14, 2022 at 11:44 am

    Simple and creative! Perfect!

  12. Donna
    January 14, 2022 at 12:28 pm

    Darling, great instructions and once again, your photos and your visual attention to detail is remarkable.

  13. Donna
    January 14, 2022 at 12:29 pm

    oops….are remarkable not is remarkable.

  14. aldampierverizonnet
    January 14, 2022 at 12:30 pm

    What a fantastic project! Perfect.

  15. January 14, 2022 at 2:00 pm

    Very cute Mary! I bet all the birds know whoooo’s house to go to for a treat:@)

  16. Rita C.
    January 14, 2022 at 2:43 pm

    You’re such a good feather friend! These are adorable.

  17. Kari
    January 14, 2022 at 6:39 pm

    love your recipe Mary…..and the birds love it too. Too cute! Thanks for the inspiration.

  18. Kate
    January 14, 2022 at 7:42 pm

    Oh my goodness these are so adorable and will make a perfect gift for my garden guild friends. Thanks for sharing!

  19. January 14, 2022 at 8:18 pm

    Mary, these are adorable. If I were still teaching,I would use this idea as a fun classroom activity. I have some owl pans, but not this one. I may give it a try. Thanks for yet another cute idea.

  20. Angela
    January 20, 2022 at 11:49 am

    SO adorable!!!

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