Birdseed Wreaths

With Winter’s approach, the gardening season is slowing down and coming to an end. To keep our gardens active and interesting this winter, I thought it would be fun to make some simple birdseed wreaths.

img_8686

Last year for Christmas, my sweet neighbor made one of these Birdseed Wreaths for us & was kind enough to share the recipe. I thought it was a totally fun & clever gift, especially for the winter months, to help add some wildlife to the garden.

This is such a great activity for kids to help with! It’s simple and they come together fairly quickly. A great activity for those with short attention spans. My daughter and I have made them several times and enjoy making them together.

For the recipe you’ll need

  • unflavored gelatin
  • warm water
  • all purpose flour
  • light corn syrup or pure maple syrup
  • birdseed
  • cooking spray
  • donut pan(s) or a bundt pan for a larger wreath
  • whisk
  • spatula
  • measuring spoons and cups
  • large mixing bowl

img_8638

Bird Seed Wreaths

  • 1 package Knox gelatin, unflavored
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 3 Tbsp light corn syrup, or pure maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 4 cups bird seed

Coat a donut pan with cooking spray.

In a large mixing bowl, mix together the warm water, gelatin, corn syrup and flour until a thick paste forms. Stir in the bird seed until well blended. Press firmly into the donut pan. (It’s a bit sticky! Coating your hands with cooking spray is super helpful.) There is enough batter to fill 2 donut pans, or a single bundt pan. You can even make your own “donut” shape with the rest of the batter on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Let sit at room temperature for 24-48 hrs until dry.

Hang from a thick ribbon (smaller strings or ribbon tend to break the birdseed wreath).

Thats it! Super easy and fun!

img_8640

We hung several around the yard. Hopefully some of the birds that hang around all winter will come and enjoy a tasty snack.

img_8641We couldn’t leave out our chickens! We hung one low enough for them to enjoy. Cleopatra, Pixie and Ducky sure enjoyed the birdseed wreath and ate it up very quick. I plan on hanging the larger one in their run to use as a flock block for the winter months when yard foraging is scarce.

Now, go make your winter garden interesting by attracting some wildlife this winter!

Advertisements

4 thoughts on “Birdseed Wreaths

  1. Pingback: Birds of a feather | The Garden Spot

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s