These ice birdseed ornaments were created as acts of kindness to the birds in winter, and also as an act of kindness for our neighbors!
I love the way the ice ornaments look with the light streaming through them, and they are so easy to make. We took an ice cube container (we used ones that create dome shaped ice).
Making the Ornaments
- Ice cube tray (ours made 6 at a time)
- A liquid measuring cup with enough water to fill the cubes (but not so much it spills over!)
- Birdseed (we used raw hulled black oil sunflower seeds)
Pour water into the ice cube tray, leaving room in each cube for the birdseed. We filled ours about 2/3 of the way. Then add the birdseed to each cube. This activity is also a great way to get in fine motor practice!
Once they added as much seed as they wanted to each cube, we poured more water if needed, until each cube was almost full. Then we added the pieces of twine. I made each one about 4 inches long. Make sure the ends of the string are in the water, but that the loop of the twine is not. We used a smaller ice cube tray so that the boys were able to lean the twine outside of the tray.
Then, depending on how cold it is, either bring the tray outside to freeze or put it in your freezer. Once they were frozen, we hung a few up, and brought some to our neighbors. We did it on a day where it was very cold in the morning, but warmed up in the afternoon, so that the cubes would melt and the birds could get their seed.