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These DIY birdseed treats are one of my favorite and simple DIY crafts for springtime. These treats are great to make with kids or by yourself. The best part of this projects is that it is safe for the birds and they absolutely love these.


There is a special kind of joy that comes from seeing the wild birds flock to the very birdseed treats that I made for them. It gives a sense of satisfaction to me to know that those little creatures don’t have to look far to find food. It’s not unusual for me to fill the memory up on my phone because of too many pictures of the birds that come and feast in my yard. I get cardinals, blue jays, eastern bluebirds and wild finches among others each day.


I usually make these treats for the birds around the end of February and continue until the weather gets too hot for them to stay together outside. For me, living in central Florida, the heat starts about April and I don’t think they would withstand temperatures in excess of 80 degrees. But then, I never tried. So they may hold up in the shade.


I do not use Crisco on these, like a lot of recipes call for simply because I don’t think the Crisco would stand up to even our mild winter temperatures. Also, there is some controversy about using gelatin with birds. Some people thinks it harms them. Just as many people feel there is no threat, so use your discretion here.



Birdseed treats



How to Make Birdseed Treats


I have included a printable recipe below for you, but these are the ingredients you will need.

  • Corn Syrup
  • Hot Water
  • Cold Water
  • Birdseed Mix
  • Unflavored Gelatin
  • Drinking Straws
  • Twine


I used a simple wild bird seed mix that I picked up at my local Ace True Value Hardware store. It has all small seeds and very few larger ones. This type of mix seems to hold together better.


The directions are pretty simple to follow, and it didn’t take much time to get everything mixed up and ready to go. I did find that the thicker the cookie cutter is the longer the dry time, but the better the treats seems to hold up outside. I also found this project can be sticky and messy but nothing that some wet wipes couldn’t handle.


Overall it was a fun project. I am going to try adding corn or bits of fruit to the next batch and see how they turn out. I hope you enjoy making these birdseed treats as much as I did!


For more information on bringing the wild birds to your yard check out the Top 10 Plants to Attract Birds to Your Garden.





Print Recipe
Simple DIY Birdseed Treats
This is a simple yet fun DIY project that the wild birds will love. These can be made any season and any time of the year.
Course Animal Feed
Prep Time 5 minutes
Passive Time 8 hours
Course Animal Feed
Prep Time 5 minutes
Passive Time 8 hours
  1. Place 1/2 cup of hot water into a bowl, add gelatin and stir til dissolved. Add corn syrup to liquid mixture and stir until dissolved.
    birdseed treats
  2. Add cold water. Stir, then add the birdseed and stir until thoroughly mixed. If mixture is to wet, place in refridgerator for 10 to 30 minutes to set up. Do not let the mixture set up completely.
    birdseed in liquid
  3. Lay out a sheet of parchment paper on the surface and lay the cookie cutters on the parchment paper.
    cookie cutters
  4. Press the mixture into each cookie cutter, packing it down as you go until each cookie cutter is filled to the top rim.
    birdseed treats pressed into cookie cutters
  5. Place one piece of straw into each cutter to allow a hole for hanging when finished. Allow to dry 6-8 hours, preferably overnight.
    Straws inserted into birdseed treats
  6. Remove from the cookie cutters when thoroughly dry by gently pushing the "cookies" out of the cutters. Remove the straws.
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  7. Tie a piece of twine allowing a long enough length to hang outside. Place on tree limbs or wherever you wish to feed your wild birds.
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