Hanging Bird Seed Feeders

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Hanging Bird Seed Feeders

Bird feeder hanging from tree


  • 1 cup of boiling water
  • 2 packets of gelatin (about 2 Tbsp.)
  • 2 Tbsp. of corn syrup
  • 2 ½ cups of bird seed
  • Little aluminum tart moulds or plastic cups or cookie cutters
  • 5 straws, cut in half
  • Twine or yarn
  • *Recipe makes 10 little cups or small cookie cut-outs


  1. Boil the cup of water.
  2. Empty the packets of gelatine into a large mixing bowl. Pour the water into the bowl and stir with a spoon until the gelatin is fully dissolved.
  3. Add the corn syrup and stir until combined.
  4. Add the bird seed and mix well until everything is evenly coated.
  5. Scoop seed mixture into moulds (fill about halfway), cups or cookie cutters. Press down firmly with the back of a spoon to pack in the seeds.
  6. Gently poke the straws all the way through the seed shapes making sure not to put them too close to the edges.
  7. To set faster, put the moulds on a baking sheet and pop the tray into the fridge for two hours to allow the feeders to set and harden.
  8. Remove the tray from the fridge and let sit to dry out for two more hours.
  9. Gently remove the bird seed feeders from the moulds.
  10. Flip them over so the bottoms can also fully dry out. This may take 3 to 4 hours or even overnight.
  11. Once completely dry and hard to the touch, remove the straws and use the twine or yarn to tie a loop through the holes.
  12. Hang outside and enjoy watching the birds come for a snack!

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Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
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