How to Make a Bird Seed Wreath for your feathered friends!
Try this easy ring pan mold from unflavored gelatin and bird seed and watch the bird flock to it! This idea was discovered last month and it caused a ripple effect amongst the Flea Market Gardening gang that even now spreads ever wider. I love when ideas circulate like this!
Annie Steen, passed the idea to Jeanne, then Patty and Kirk, each made one… How fun! This is a neat project to do with a child, too. I hope many of you will try this and make your birds happy!
Kirk Willis took photos of his second wreath to show us.
Here are photos of the step by step process in making the gelatin wreath:
BIRD SEED WREATH RECIPE
1 pkg plain Knox gelatin
1/2 cup warm water
3 Tbsp light corn syrup
3/4 cup flour
4 cups bird seed
Bundt or ring pan
Spoon or whisk
Non-stick oil spray
Wide ribbon or fabric remnant
Hook or metal ring
Spray the mold with oil spray
In a large bowl, stir together the gelatin, warm water, corn syrup and flour until it becomes a paste.
Add the birdseed and mix well.
Press it firmly into the oiled pan….
Tie on the ribbon add the hook or ring and hang!
Enjoy watching the birds!
- I’ve learned so much in making these. Wait for 48 hours until they completely dry.
- I doubled the recipe and added an extra packet of the gelatin to fill my bundt pan.
- I originally tried to hang one with rope. Not good. The rope broke the wreath! Fabric ribbon works perfectly.
- I attached a metal ring so I could hang it.
Patty Hicks made hers with a wire mesh frame and says, “Bush Tits are so much fun here and so social. It’s like a mob of hungry teenagers flying into feast, lots of happy chatter.”
- Hang you wreath where it won’t get too wet to avoid molding and/or disintegration that heavy rain might cause.
- I had to tie it down to a base that is wired to the trellis because of thieving squirrels!
- Stuff the extra into some pinecones to hang outside
Note: Patty substituted 1 cup of juicy meal worms in place of some bird seed for some extra birdie treats.
The wreaths will be eaten up eventually, but they last a long time in dry weather and it’s easy to make more. I hope you’ll let us know on the Facebook page with a photo or in a comment her, if you try this…