Shaped Birdseed Wreaths

Birdseed wreaths are a pretty way to attract birds to your yard.  Look for a variety of birdseed that is suitable for wild birds.  This recipe makes 6-10 shaped wreaths, depending on the size of your cookie cutters.  You can also make several shaped wreaths and a small, round wreath.  You can put out one little wreath at a time or use all of them to decorate an outdoor tree.

 

 You will need:

1/2 cup water

1 envelope of unflavored gelatin

3/4 cups of flour

1 Tbs. of corn syrup

4 cups of birdseed

Bowl

Assorted cookie cutters

Wax paper

Ribbon

Step 1.  Dissolve the gelatin.

Heat the 1/2 cup of water till it is boiling.  Add the package of gelatin and stir until it is completely dissolved.

Step 2.  Mix up the paste that holds the wreath together.

Put the dissolved gelatin, flour, and corn syrup in a bowl and mix them together.  The mixture will be grainy and pastey.

Step 3.  Add the birdseed.

Add the birdseed and mix until the birdseed is evenly coated in the flour mixture.  Don't skimp on the stirring!  If the mixture isn't even, your wreaths will be crumbly.

 

Step 4.  Shaped the wreaths.

 Spoon the mixture into the cookie cutters.  Press it down firmly with the back of a spoon as you go.  Make sure you press hard and get the mixture into all the points and corners.


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 Step 5.  Finish and dry the wreaths.

Use a pencil or a wooden dowel and punch a hole in each wreath so you will be able to hang it up.  Let the wreaths sit for 24 hours to dry.  Gently push them out of the cookie cutters.

 Step 6.  Finish the miniature wreaths.

Add a loop of ribbon to each wreath.  Hang them in a tree, bush, or sheltered area in your yard.  Enjoy watching the birds that will come to feast!

"Birding is a recreational activity that involves watching birds.  Probably the most famous "birder" is John James Audubon.  In the early 1800s, Mr. Audubon observed and sketched hundreds of birds.  He made a collection of over 400 lifesized drawings of birds for his book Birds of America. 

Crafts

Birdseed wreaths are a pretty way to attract birds to your yard. They also make good gifts - perfect for the Christmas season.

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