Bird Seed Wreaths

Birdseed Wreath

If you feed the birds, like I do, you might enjoy this idea.  My friend Dale posted a recipe for making these bird seed wreaths on my wall. I had recounted my frustration on trying to fill my bird feeder on a very windy day. He thought these might be a solution. He was right. They are also fun to make.

 

This recipe comes from a website called Garden Answer.

My first attempt, I didn’t follow the recipe exactly. The wreath, while pretty, was a little crumbly. The birds still loved it, though. I didn’t hang it up, as the original post suggested. I have a porch with a wide concrete ledge, so I just put it on the ledge. It was gone in a day and a half.

I decided to try again, this time following the recipe. They came out great. Nice and sturdy.

I made two different sizes the second time. I made one large one, then made a second batch of the seed mixture and made 12 smaller ones as well. Not only are these a nice way to feed the birds, it can be a fun craft project for kids and they would be a nice gift for a bird lover.

Once dried, you can tie a ribbon on them and hang in a tree- or just hang on a hook. I have several shepherd’s hooks in my yard and would use them.

Not sure how well they would hold up in rainy weather, but should hold up well on snowy days.

So here is the recipe. You could add some peanuts or dried fruit for more variety.

Bird Seed Wreaths

2 packets unflavored gelatin- or two tablespoons

1 c. warm water

6 T. light corn syrup

1 1/2 c. flour

8 c. bird seed

Grease a full sized Bundt pan or 12 small ones. You can use a non-stick spray or lightly brush with oil. Set aside. In large bowl, combine the gelatin and warm water and stir until gelatin is dissolved. Stir in the corn syrup, then the flour and mix well. Stir in the birdseed and make sure it gets evenly coated with the gelatin mixture. Press mixture into prepared pan. Press firmly. This part is important. Pressing firmly gives you a firmer final product. Allow the wreaths to dry for 24 hours before un-molding. To hang you can tie on a ribbon or place on a hook. You can also place them on platform feeders.

Smaller version

Allow to dry a full day

You can make different sizes