Birdseed Wreath

Birdseed wreaths are lovely, and attract birds to your yard.  Look in any store for a mix of birdseed approriate for the birds in your area.  If you don't have a bundt cake pan you can use a regular cake pan and put an upside down glass in the middle.

You will need:

1.  Four cups of birdseed

2.  Hot water

3.  One package of unflavored gelatin

4.  3/4 cups of flour

5.  Three tablespoons of corn syrup

6.  Three tablespoons of peanut butter

7.  Bundt cake pan

8.  Wide ribbon

 

A mix of water, gelatine, corn syrup, flour, and peanut butter

Step 1.  Put 1/2 of a cup of hot water in a bowl.  Add the package of gelatin and stir until it is dissolved.

A mix with birdseed Step 2.  Add the peanut butter, corn syrup, and flour and stir until they are well blended.  Add the birdseed and stir until it is evenly coated with the flour and gelatin mixture.
The birdseed mixture in a bundt cake pan

Step 3.  Pour the birdseed mixture into the cake pan.  Press it down firmly with the back of a spoon.  Let it sit and dry for 24 hours.

Step 4.  Gently turn the cake pan over and tap it to release the wreath.  Put the wreath on a plate and let it dry for 12 more hours.  Tie a ribbon to the wreath.  As you can see in the pictures, we finished one wreath with red and gold ribbon and another wreath with black and white ribbon.
Step 5.  Hang the wreath from a tree or in a sheltered place.     

Bundt cake pans give cakes a distincitive fluted with a hole in the middle shape.  It takes is name from a European fruit cake although American bundt cakes come in many flavors.  Nordic Ware began manufactuing the pans in the 1950s in response to a request by a member of the Jewish American Hadassah Society.  The pans did not become popular until the 1960s. 

Crafts

Make these little birds from stiffened cloth or colorful paper. Perch them all around your home!

Use these little wreaths to attract birds to your yard. You will be suprised by how easy and inexpensive they are.

These beautiful gift tags are made with rolled paper, using a technique called quilling.