I made the house and roof of the birdhouse completely from birdseed using my recipe for "birdseed glue" that I use to make birdseed wreaths and ornaments.
Birdseed Glue Recipe
Dissolve 1 packet of unflavored gelatin in 1/2 cup water in a large pan over medium heat.
Add 1/2 cup flour and 3 Tbsp corn syrup.
Mix over medium heat until all lumps are gone and the mixture forms a smooth thick paste.
Add 4 cups birdseed.
Mix well until all the seeds are coated and spread the mixture into a greased cookie sheet. Press the seeds down firmly into the pan with the back of a greased spoon.
I used Wilton's Gingerbread House Cutter Set to cut out the shapes of the house. The entrance hole is simply a circle cookie cutter. To make it the dimensions I wanted, I cut one side shape in half (one half for each side). I also cut off about 1 1/2" off the length of the roof shapes. Allow the house shapes and roof to dry thoroughly for a few days (turning the shapes a couple of times a day).
roof edges. If the glue starts drying faster than you can assemble the house, just microwave it for a few seconds and it'll be easier to work with... At the peak of the roof - where the shapes join - I put a thick layer of glue and added more sunflower seeds. I finished decorating the birdhouse with holly berries and a few sprigs of red cedar. ~ The perch is a pretzel stick that I "glued" on - or you could use a twig - or go perchless...
I made the base of the birdhouse by filling a clay saucer with more of the "glued" sunflower mixture and a pathway of mixed seeds outlined in holly berries.
I saw a similar birdseed house in a bird supply store priced at $45. Once you purchase the house cutter set and birdseed, the price of constructing your own gingerbread birdhouse would be minimal. This would be a fun craft to do with children or make as a Christmas gift for a bird-loving friend. ♥
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