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!:
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:
- 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
- Grab yourself a large bowl and pour in your flour. Add the water and mix
- Add corn syrup and mix
- Finally, stir in your gelatine – whisk together until the lumps have smoothed out
Set the stage for kids:
- 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
- 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)
- Then they can just start adding the seeds and berries!
You can probably tell by the pictures, but we spread the glue on pretty thick.
This is my 5 year old’s creation from 2012. She’s turning 10 soon How did that even happen?!
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.
- Here’s another kid creation. Don’t you think that these would make cute fairy house party crafts?
These are older pictures from 2012
- 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.
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