We have a lovely bush right outside our apartment that is packed with birds. You can hear them chirping all day long. When the weather started to get really cold this winter, I noticed they weren’t hanging around as much. Since the ground had been covered with snow, I figured they may have gone elsewhere to search for food.
Well, I missed their beautiful singing so finding a way to kept them fed was the only solution! Making bird feeders or simply laying out birdfeed is essential to helping our little bird friends out during these cold months.
Most bird feeder ornaments call for gelatin, this is a fine option and totally safe for birds. But as someone who doesn’t regularly consume animal products, I didn’t want to go out and buy a pack of gelatin just for this project. So I came up with a solution that is easy and still bird-friendly!
Zero Waste Bird Feeder Ornaments:
What you’ll need:
- 2 cups of wild bird seed
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 cup natural peanut butter (no sugar or xylitol, just peanuts)
- Muffin tin or other silicone moulds
- Twine or string
To make the ornaments:
- Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine.
- The mixture should start to stick together if you find it’s still too crumbly you can add in some more peanut butter.
- Pack the seed mixture into any moulds you may have, I’m using muffin tins.
- Then use a straw to poke a hole into each mould so they can be hung up later.
- Allow the ornaments to solidify for 24 hours and then gently remove them from the moulds.
- Tie a string through the hole you created and hang them up in a bush, tree, or wherever birdies like to hang out!
Don’t be discouraged if a few of them fall apart, this can take some tweaking to master. Take any pieces that crumble off and just add them back into the seed mixture with some more peanut butter! Once you get the hang of it, you’ll be making so many zero waste bird feeder ornaments!
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