Decorating Birdhouses

Decorating Birdhouses with Edible Birdseed Glue is such a fun 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.

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Decorate a Birdhouse with Edible Birdseed Glue

This is a great craft for kids, teens, and adults. It’s also the perfect gift for bird lovers

If you love nature like I do, and crafting with the birds in mind, then check out my post on making a pinecone birdfeeder

If you are making birdfeeders for winter, then you’ll love these Birdfeeder Ice Wreaths

Tips and Tricks:

  • You can make homemade birdhouses or buy wooden birdhouses at a local craft store
  • If you are making this with kids, it’s a great idea to have a divider tray with some edible birdseed glue, seeds, paintbrushes, and other edible decorations for the birds ready to go for each child
  • Black sunflower seed is a great seed for songbirds like cardinals and tufted titmouses
  • Birds also love certain berries and fruits (see list above). These also add a pop of color to your birdhouses
decorating birdhouses

Expert Tips for Birdhouses and Decorating Ideas:

  • 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
What Fruits Can I Feed Birds?

Small berries are great fruit for birds like raspberries, cranberries, blackberries, strawberries, and mulberries. Other fruits are apples and orange slices.

How long will Birdseed Glue last outside?

The birdseed glue will even last through normal rain. I’m not sure about the 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 all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 3 Tbsp. corn syrup
  • 1 package of Knox Unflavored Gelatine

Instructions for making birdseed glue:

  • In a large bowl pour in your flour
  • Add the water and mix in
  • Add corn syrup and mix
making birdseed glue
  • Finally, stir in your gelatine – whisk together until the lumps have smoothed out

Decorating Birdhouses:

decorating birdhouses with edible glue and seeds

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Preparation Idea for making a homemade birdhouse with the kids:

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  • 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! ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Give each child a birdhouse and a tray of various bird seeds and berries
  • Scoop out some glue for each child – if you don’t have the handy dandy divider trays (found at Walmart) 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 birdhouses (we started out with paint brushes, but quickly moved on to spreading utensils)

Decorating with Edible Glue

Edible Bird Seed Glue To Decorate Bird Houses
  • Spread glue onto the birdhouse – Use a liberal amount so it is thick
  • Decorate with seeds, moss, evergreens, and fruits that birds can eat
decorating birdhouses with edible glue

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

Examples of decorated birdhouses are below:

Edible Bird Seed Glue To Decorate Bird Houses

This is my 5-year-old’s creation from 2012. Adding a ribbon is another cute touch

decorating birdhouses

Lighthouse Birdhouse

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

Use edible birdseed glue to decorate birdhouses
Prep Time6 minutes
Active Time10 minutes
Author: Melissa Haines
Cost: $5

Equipment

  • 1 paint brush or spreading utensil
  • 1 divider tray

Materials

  • ยพ cup all-purpose flour
  • ยฝ cup water
  • 3 Tbsp. corn syrup
  • 1 package Knox Unflavored Gelatine

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, pour in flour
  • Add water and mix well
  • Mix in corn syrup
  • Finally, add the Gelatine and mix

Notes

Tips and Tricks
  • you can make homemade birdhouses or buy wooden birdhouses at a local craft store
  • If you are making this with kids, it’s a great idea to have a divider tray with some edible birdseed glue, seeds, paintbrushes, and other edible decorations for the birds ready to go for each child
  • Black sunflower seed is a great seed for songbirds like cardinals and tufted titmouses
  • Birds also love certain berries and fruits (see list in the post). These also add a pop of color to your birdhouses

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This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. PH

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

    1. Melissa

      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! ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you enjoy this recipe and activity. Good luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Terry Wootley

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

  3. emily bennette

    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.

    1. Melissa

      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. ๐Ÿ™‚