Last year Suzanne posted this great tutorial for How To Make A Bird Seed Wreath. We had readers sending in pictures left and right, apparently they make wonderful gifts. One reader ( I believe it was Kathy!) had made a smaller version with her preschool class to make wreath ornaments, and was kind enough to share some photos and how she did it. I saved the idea in my little “good idea book” for this year because I think they would make the perfect gift for Grandparents – or anyone for that matter! Catch me after the jump for the how to…
How To Make Bird Seed Wreath Ornaments
Just a note, we had a lot of feedback on Suzanne’s post from readers who had tried various recipes for bird seed wreaths, and they really loved this one. So if you’re researching the best recipe to use for the project, I think this is a winner.
4 cups bird seed feed
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup water
3 T. corn syrup
1 package of plain gelatin
For the mold, she had used washed out butter tubs, and then an empty toilet paper tube for the center to make the hole. I think even a rounded bottom bowl with the toilet paper roll in the center would work. Just use something that has the shape you want! I know Target has some darling mini bundt pans that would be adorable – I think I might pick one up to use.
Step 1: In a large bowl put 1/2 warm water and gelatin mix together and let the gelatin dissolve.
Step 2: Whisk in the corn syrup and flour to create a paste.
Step 3: Add 4 cups of the bird seed and stir well.
Step 4: Spray the molds with cooking spray well, then scoop the seed mixture into them as evenly as possible.
Step 5: Tap down the seed with a spoon well.
Step 6: After 24 hours turn them over onto little paper plates and then allow to dry for an additional 24 hours.
Then just tie ribbon on the ornaments for hanging and you have the cutest little bird seed wreaths. She had packaged her students’ in little bags and then tied with curly ribbon – super cute!
I think we are going to make a set for our Great-grandmas. They have everything they could ever need, and this is actually something useful that won’t clutter up their house :).
Like I said we received a lot of emails from readers that made these wreaths as a gift – most used the larger bundt pan idea and you can jump over to Suzanne’s Bird Seed Wreath Tutorial for directions on how to do that.
Hope everyone has a wonderful Monday – we’re off to the Veterans Day Parade to salute our Veterans and say thank you to them their families. If you are wanting to take your kiddos to a local event, just google it for your area – you are bound to find something!
Thanks so much to Kathy for sharing her photos with us!