As the Holidays start to wind down, don’t forget about your feathered friends! The cold snow is blustery outside, making it more difficult for small songbirds toÂ maintain their body temperatures. Feeding the birds dosn’t have to be the same old routine, when you can create the meal yourself!
Making a birdseed wreath is an easy and fun project to do with kids, or on your own. Not to mention, if your wreaths don’t work out we have an easy way for you to cheat!
- (4) Cups of Holiday Bird Seed (or seed of your choice).
- One Box of Clear Gelatin (1 oz total)
- (2) approx. 6″ Bunt pans (your choice of size and shape)
- (3/4) Cup Water
- Small mixing bowl
- Small Saucepan and Large pot for mixing seed
- Raffia ribbon ($2.99 for a large bag found at all of our stores)
- Cookie Sheet
Step 1: Mix 1/4 cup water and two .25 oz packets of gelatin into the small mixing bowl. Mix with a spoon and let set for one minute.
Step 2: BoilÂ 1/2 cup water. Pour into setting gelatin and stir until dissolved.
Step 3: Pour dissolved gelatin water into large mixing pan. Immediately begin to pour and stir in 4 cups of measured birdseed.
Step 4: Continue to turn seed into gelatin, making sure all seeds have been coated.
Step 5: Spoon mixture into bunt pans. This recipe makes about 2, 6″ wreaths. Use wax paper to push and compact seed.
Step 6: Place in refrigerator for 4 hours.
Step 7: Remove from pans onto cookie sheet. Turn upside down and use a bit of force when placeing on cookie sheet-they should pop out easily. If you used metal bunt pans you may need to soak bottoms in hot water for 1 minute to release the wreath.
Step 8: Set in a cool/cold location for 24 hrs to dry (I set mine outsideÂ and it worked fine). Note: The refrigerator is too damp to allow complete drying, choose an area such as your garage, basement or outside instead.
Step 9: Tie raffia ribbon around top half of wreath. Try to spread ribbon out so it is not just pulling on one spot.
Step 10: Enjoy watching birds eat from your creations!
Note: You don’t have to use a bunt pan if your don’t want to make a wreath. You can also use small cake pans, bread pans to make bird seed blocks.
If all goes well: I have seen so may birds eating off the wreaths I put up last week including Chickadees, Nuthatches (Rose-breasted too!), Titmouse, Downy/Hairy Woodpeckers, Carolina Wrens and even finches.
If all dosn’t go well: We still have our Holiday Birdseed Wreaths for sale, and they are on special for only $9.99!