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.
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
- cooking spray
- donut pan(s) or a bundt pan for a larger wreath
- measuring spoons and cups
- large mixing bowl
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!
We hung several around the yard. Hopefully some of the birds that hang around all winter will come and enjoy a tasty snack.
We 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!