Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Edible Birdhouse project

My daughter and I made an edible birdhouse this week and it was so much fun! I wanted to share......

You will need:

  • a wooden birdhouse. I found one that was perfect at my local Dollar Tree. You can buy larger ones at any craft store.
  • peanut butter
  • cornstarch
  • birdseed
  • nuts, dried fruit, fresh fruit, millet, or anything else birds will enjoy
  • string or twine to hang your birdhouse

1. Start with a birdhouse. I suggest one with a ledge on the bottom so the birds can have something to stand on to eat the seeds. 2. Mix peanut butter and cornstarch to make a kind of mortar. You can use straight peanut butter, but it will be a little goopier.
3. Smear peanut butter onto the side of your birdhouse and push seed into it. This is really fun for kiddos! Small ones may need help with the smearing.

4. Repeat for all sides.
5. For the roof, we used peanuts and coconut. Raisins, cranberries or other nuts would work well too. Or more birdseed!

6. When all sides are covered, use the twine to hang your birdhouse.
This project works well for a range of ages. Gigi is 2, and she thought it was really fun. Older kids could get more creative in the design!

Also, when you are finished you can watch the birds and other wildlife enjoy your creation. And when it's empty, you can start all over again!


  1. How fun!! My son would love it (he's 2, also!)

  2. What a neat idea, i'll have to try that with my boys... :)

  3. Relaxing in the back yard listening to the birds sing would be the ultimate stress reliever. In order to ensure that you are constantly visited by your feathered friends it is important to have the perfect edible birdhouse. The birdhouse is not only beneficial to you but also to the birds themselves. It gives them a safe haven and provides them with food and water. It protects the birds and keeps them away from predators by providing them with a safe nesting area.