DIY: Wild Bird Seed Ball

These seed balls are fun and easy to make. You can even get the kids to help. Choose bird seed to attract common species in your region. Then make a few seed balls to sprinkle around your yard, and you’ll enjoy bird watching in style. The birdies will appreciate it, too.

Do-It-Yourself: Wild Bird Seed Ball


1 c. cornmeal
1 c. ground suet or peanut butter
1 c. sugar
1/2 c. flour
1/2 c. water
1 c. bird seed
molds (muffin tin, cookie cutters, etc.)
nonstick spray


1) In a large micowave-safe bowl, combine cornmeal, suet/peanut butter, sugar and flour.
Stir in water.

2) Microwave on HIGH for 3-5 minutes or until mixture is very thick.

3) Stir in bird seed. Mix until well coated. Cool.

4) When cool enough to touch, take a piece of ribbon or twine and mold the seed mixture around it, shaping into a ball. Alternatively, you can use molds (such as cookie cutters). Spray the mold with nonstick spray. Spoon birdseed mixture into each mold and pack it down. Poke a hole through top of each birdseed mold using a drinking straw, making sure it goes all the way through. (That’s to tie a ribbon on later).

5) Put in the refrigerator to cool and harden. (2-3 hours)

6) Unmold and place outside. Enjoy watching the birds dine.

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