Decorating Beautiful Birdhouses With Edible Bird Seed Glue Craft

Decorating Birdhouses with kids is fun and easy to do. I have a simple DIY birdseed glue recipe to share with you. Great craft for winter, and fairy parties. Great gift for Mother's Day, Father's Day and Christmas! www.kidfriendlythingstodo.com

This is a craft from way back. I’m bringing it out of the archives today with some updated pictures and more fun!  The kids were so excited to see the supplies for birdhouse decorating sitting on the counter. They bugged me every day about it, until we finally had a free day to get our crafting on.  It’s such a fun winter craft. I also think this would be a great craft for fairy parties! Not to mention a great gift for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Christmas! Perfect for bird lovers. Here’s the older post with updated pictures…

Last winter (2012), while we were perusing the shops at Yankee Candle Village, I saw the most beautiful birdhouses I’d ever seen! They were wooden bird houses intricately decorated with various berries and bird seed. They really caught my attention.  I immediately snapped some pictures for future “craft idea” reference! When I got home, I looked up “bird seed glue”, and found several variations. I located the one that I thought would be the easiest, and most fun with the kids, and I’ve been waiting for a free day to get crafty with bird seed! Finally, yesterday, the stars aligned and the kids and I were able to create some fun and easy bird feeders for our feathered friends! We had so much fun doing it. Here’s the recipe, and some how to pictures on Decorating Beautiful Birdhouses With Edible Bird Seed Glue!:

Decorating Birdhouses with kids is fun and easy to do. I have a simple DIY birdseed glue recipe to share with you. Great craft for winter, and fairy parties. Great gift for Mother's Day, Father's Day and Christmas! www.kidfriendlythingstodo.com

This is definitely a craft for all ages. I have just as much fun as the kids making my own design!

*The birdseed glue will even last through a normal rain. I’m not sure about really rough weather. Ours have been sitting outside on a rainy day, and they are still intact. 

Bird Seed Glue Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 3 T corn syrup
  • 1 package of Knox Unflavored Gelatine

Birdhouses and Decorating Ideas:

Decorating Birdhouses with kids is fun and easy to do. I have a simple DIY birdseed glue recipe to share with you. Great craft for winter, and fairy parties. Great gift for Mother's Day, Father's Day and Christmas! www.kidfriendlythingstodo.com

  • I found my birdhouses, and moss at Michael’s Craft Store
  • Don’t forget birdseed – I like to get black sunflower seeds and  wild bird food mix
  • Berries are always great for adding color and the birds can eat those as well
  • Here’s a link to fruit that the birds will eat: Click here

Now:

  • Grab yourself a large bowl and pour in your flour. Add the water and mix
  • Add corn syrup and mix
  • Edible Bird Seed Glue To Decorate Bird Houses
  • Finally, stir in your gelatine – whisk together until the lumps have smoothed out

Decorating:

Decorating Birdhouses with kids is fun and easy to do. I have a simple DIY birdseed glue recipe to share with you. Great craft for winter, and fairy parties. Great gift for Mother's Day, Father's Day and Christmas! www.kidfriendlythingstodo.com

Set the stage for kids:

  • Edible Bird Seed Glue To Decorate Bird Houses
  • Before you hand out the supplies, you might even want to spread a plastic tablecloth on your surface. That would make clean up a snap! 🙂
  • Give each child a birdhouse and a tray of various bird seeds and berries

Decorating Birdhouses with kids is fun and easy to do. I have a simple DIY birdseed glue recipe to share with you. Great craft for winter, and fairy parties. Great gift for Mother's Day, Father's Day and Christmas! www.kidfriendlythingstodo.com

  • Scoop out some glue for each child – if you don’t have the handy dandy divider trays (found at Wal-Mart) then bowls and cups will do the trick
  • Let the kids use plastic, or butter knives to spread a good amount of glue onto their bird houses (we started out with paint brushes, but quickly moved onto spreading utensils)
  • Edible Bird Seed Glue To Decorate Bird Houses
  • Then they can just start adding the seeds and berries!

Decorating Birdhouses with kids is fun and easy to do. I have a simple DIY birdseed glue recipe to share with you. Great craft for winter, and fairy parties. Great gift for Mother's Day, Father's Day and Christmas! www.kidfriendlythingstodo.com

You can probably tell by the pictures, but we spread the glue on pretty thick. 

Edible Bird Seed Glue To Decorate Bird Houses

This is my 5 year old’s creation from 2012. She’s turning 10 soon How did that even happen?! 

Decorating Birdhouses with kids is fun and easy to do. I have a simple DIY birdseed glue recipe to share with you. Great craft for winter, and fairy parties. Great gift for Mother's Day, Father's Day and Christmas! www.kidfriendlythingstodo.com

Here’s a recent one from last week. My seven year old decorated this light house. The birds are enjoying all of the yummy seeds. 

Decorating Birdhouses with kids is fun and easy to do. I have a simple DIY birdseed glue recipe to share with you. Great craft for winter, and fairy parties. Great gift for Mother's Day, Father's Day and Christmas! www.kidfriendlythingstodo.com

  • Here’s another kid creation. Don’t you think that these would make cute fairy house party crafts? 

These are older pictures from 2012

  • Edible Bird Seed Glue To Decorate Bird Houses
  • As you can see…you can get really carried away with creating! Have tons of fun with your Edible Birdseed Glue Craft! It’s one of my favorites.
  • Edible Glue - An Easy Birdhouse Craft

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6 Comments

  1. Did you have to let one side dry before turning it to do another side?

    • Oh boy…it’s been a while, but I believe (after I took my photo of the cranberries) I stood the house up so it was upright, and just did it all at one time. The paste is nice and thick. You can really lather it on, and it will hold a lot of seeds and other fun fruit like orange wedges! If you are worried that your decorations will be too heavy, and drop down…then I would do it in stages. I am impatient, so I know I did not do that. This is such a fun thing to do with or without the kids. As you can see…I got a little carried away with my creation! 🙂 I hope you enjoy this recipe and activity. Good luck! 🙂

  2. Terry Wootley

    how can I make a bird seed glue waterproof for outdoors use?

  3. Wow, this is a really cool idea for birdhouses. My grandmother loves watching birds flying around in her yard. Having an eatable birdhouse would probably bring even more birds to her home. I wonder if you can buy ones like this online.

    • We gave ours to my dad who is an avid bird watcher. He loved them. He set out immediately placing them near his picture window, and made a follow up call to say Thanks. You can buy them online! I found them on Amazon, and I’ll include the link to them, above for you. hmm…maybe I should start selling them too. 🙂

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