Making a Bird Seed Wreath

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How to Make a Bird Seed Wreath

Making a bird seed wreath has been on my creative "to do" list for a couple of years now. I love feeding the birds, but honestly I just love the look of these wreaths! The fact that it is also helping out my feathered friends is a bonus. I am afraid however that the squirrels may get to it before the birds even realize it's here. 

I was thrilled to learn these are so easy to make.  This is the perfect craft to do with young or older kids.  It's even the perfect activity for babysitters to do with your kids.  I'm hanging my wreath on our gate, but I've seen people make different shapes for different holidays, either to hang on a tree outside or to decorate inside. What's better than decorating with natural elements?

 

 

What you'll need

  • Bundt Pan
  • Bird Seed ( 4 cups)
  • Water (1/2 cup)
  • Corn Syrup (3 Tablespoons)
  • Gelatin (one packet)
  • Cooking spray
  • 3/4 cup flour
Notes:

Any shape will work. If you're using a solid shape, such as a heart mold, place a plastic straw where you want to thread your string through for hanging purposes. Once it's dry, gently remove the straw and you'll see the perfectly shaped hole.

Variations:

Make smaller shapes for your holiday tree.

How to make it

  1. How to Make a Bird Seed Wreath

    Gather all your materials. 

  2. How to Make a bird seed wreath

    • In a large bowl, mix the gelatin packet and 1/2 cup warm water. Whisk until dissolved.
    • Gently stir in the corn syrup and  3/4 cup flour using your whisk- this will be paste like.
    • Add your 4 cups of bird seed and blend well. (for fun, kids may want to use their hands to mix it up)
    • Spray your bundt pan with cooking spray

  3. Bird Seed Wreath Mold

    Scoop your bird seed mixture into your bundt pan or mold. Press down firmly into the mold.

    Set it aside for 24 hours to dry. After it's dry, place a plate on top of the bundt pan and gently flip over so the wreath falls direclty onto the plate.

  4. Where to Hang a Bird Seed Wreath

    Now it's time to hang it! Using a ribbon or twine, thread through the wreath and tie a knot.  Hang from a tree or a gate like I did. If you live in a wet environment, you may want to hang it somewhere it can say dry. I think I'm going to have to move mine. :)

     

     

     

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