Diy Bird Seed Wreath Ornaments

by Destri on November 12, 2012

Diy Bird Seed Ornament

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

 

Bird Seed Wreath Ornaments Tutorial

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.

Supplies
4 cups bird seed feed
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup water
3 T. corn syrup
1 package of plain gelatin
cooking spray

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.

Directions:
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!

Destri

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Laurie December 10, 2012 at 9:45 am

One little question, the box of unflavored gelatin I purchased contains 4 little envelopes – am I supposed to use just one of them?? I can’t wait to try this!!

THANK YOU

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Destri December 10, 2012 at 10:10 pm

Hi Laurie, sorry for the delayed reply – I was trying to nail down the answer for you. One envelope should do it!

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Carrie January 11, 2013 at 11:20 am

This is a great idea! How many wreaths does one batch make?

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Destri January 22, 2013 at 5:19 pm

Oh that’s a tough one! It depends on how big the containers are that you are using. For this size, I would say about ten.

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Marijane October 23, 2013 at 4:48 pm

I tried this. I let them dry for 48 hours. Then put ribbons on them for hanging. I used small bunt pan molds. But they turned moldy when I put them in a plastic bag for a gift. Any suggestions as to why this happened. My friend made a large one Nd it broke in half right after she hung it. She also dried hers for 48 hours and its cold out doors thanx

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Destri October 24, 2013 at 8:13 am

Oh, so sorry Marijane. There would have had to have been moisture present somewhere for the mold to form, I wonder if humidity could be the problem? As for the one splitting in half, there must of been a crack present before she hung it. You have to be super careful when flipping over. So sorry you had problems – these have been a favorite of ours.

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Jeff November 29, 2013 at 11:05 pm

Two suggestions that we do with the wreaths that we sell. Use a bundt pan sprayed with cooking spray. First for added color, sprinkle dried cranberries in the pan. Next, place half of the birdseed mixture in the pan and the lay ribbon or twine on the mixture all around the circular pan. Leave a loop extending out to form a hanger. Put in the rest of the birdseed mixture and press the mixture in with a spoon sprayed with cooking spray. By having the ribbon or twine in the wreath itself, the birds will be able to eat most of the wreath before it falls on the ground.

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Ashley December 15, 2013 at 9:39 am

Can u press this mixture into a cookie sheet and cut it out after it dries?

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admin December 15, 2013 at 2:52 pm

You could try! You wouldn’t want to let it get too dry – I would give it half a day and then check to see how firm on the outside it is. Let me know how it goes!

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Ashley December 15, 2013 at 9:41 am

Maybe after 24hrs?? And I love the idea of the twine int he middle!!

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