DIY Project Birdseed Favors

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Polka Dot Bride

Originally posted on Polka Dot Bride February 18th, 2010


This afternoon, we have Mel’s sweet birdseed favors! Mel originally found these for sale on Etsy by a US seller, but knew they wouldn’t clear customs into Australia so she set out to make them herself!

I made these to use as wedding favours for my upcoming wedding. They’re super easy to make and super cheap!


What you’ll need:
Silicon molds (I used heart shaped cupcake molds)
Edible gelatine powder
Wild birdseed (Find a mix for your local birds – I used a mix for Aussie parrots)
Metal bowl
Twine and Scissors

What to do:

Boil up some water – put about 100mL in a metal bowl and sprinkle in 25g of gelatin and stir until it’s completely dissolved.




Let it cool for a few minutes (don’t let it set – if it does just heat it over the stove again) then mix through 400g of birdseed.



Press a heaped teaspoon of the mix in the mold and flatten.



Place a knotted loop of twine on so the loop sticks out the top and cover with more birdseed mix and press in to push out all the air bubbles.


Place in the fridge overnight to set, then carefully push out of the molds and hang in a dry place so the gelatin completely dries out and hardens. Whalla!

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To display, hang some on a branch in a pot and bag the rest in little stamped muslin bags. Perfect!


Mel also made this sweet little sign for the favor table

Thank you for sharing your favors on Polka Dot Bride Mel! You can check out Mel’s blog The Crafty DIY Bride for more treats and her Etsy store Paper & Ribbons! Mel will be back to visit us again soon!

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  • Isabel DreamWeddingItaly says:
    December 23, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    II love this idea! and i love animals, so… Thanks for posting.

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  • Heather says:
    April 20, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    Has anyone had an issue with them molding,when made ahead of time?

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