Tutorial ~ Bird Seed Wreath

by Suzanne on October 3, 2011


Do you want to help the little birds in your yard get ready for winter? Yes – then you need to try this fun little craft that my son and I did together by making a hanging bird seed wreath.  I found some pretty good instructions over on instructables and thought it was a fun way to feed the little birdies in our yard. Most of the supplies you probably already have except for the bird seed. It only takes a few minutes to make, then you let it air dry for a couple of days and hang in a tree or your porch and watch the birds come flocking.  Catch me after the jump for the how-to!

How To Make A Bird Seed Wreath

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
bundt pan or other mold with a hole in the center

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 bundt pan well, then scoop the seed into the pan evenly as possible.

Step 5: Tap down the seed with a spoon well.

Step 6: Then turn out onto plate or paper towel after 24 hours then let dry 24-48 hours.

Step 7: Get a long piece of ribbon wide enough to hold the weight of the wreath.

Now just hang it in a tree on a limb by tying a knot with ribbon.  Isn’t it pretty?  Simple too, and you can scratch that good deed off your list for the day :)

~Suzanne

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Amy October 3, 2011 at 6:07 am

Very cool! I wish could do this in my yard! We have bears in our area. To that would be a big bear cookie, lol.

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Suzanne October 3, 2011 at 7:03 am

Oh Amy, that would not be a good thing! Yikes, that is a little scary, I’m sure you have to be careful with all the food and trash you throw away too.

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Kiersten October 3, 2011 at 10:20 am

This is great! We are going to to this today. Thanks. :~)

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Suzanne October 3, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Your welcome hope it turns out great :)

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Kim October 4, 2011 at 6:12 am

Oh we are going to make this! It looks fantastic.

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Natalie Marwood October 4, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Love this – can’t wait to make for Christmas gifts! will be a great craft do to with my toddler. Thanks:)

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Desiree October 10, 2011 at 8:32 am

This is AWESOME!

I am sharing it on my FB page!

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Desiree October 10, 2011 at 8:36 am

I would love for you to share it at my Link Party on Wednesday… I hope to see you there!

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Clydia Kay October 10, 2011 at 12:09 pm

I love this! I’ve got to make this with our kiddos. Thanks for sharing. I’d LOVE it if you would share this at my Motivational Monday link party! xoxo

http://threemangoseeds.blogspot.com/2011/10/link-up-motivational-monday-link-party.html

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Roberta October 17, 2011 at 9:55 am

Will it withstand the first rainfall or will it dissolve?

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Carly October 26, 2011 at 2:55 pm

I too am wondering about the rain…Pacific Northwest winters are full of wetness!! Would love to make this for gifts but not if it will dissolve and fall apart the minute its placed outside!

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Destri October 28, 2011 at 8:04 am

I think it would depend on the type of rain fall. Light rain would probably be fine. All day down pour, well not so much! I will ask Suzanne how hers held up and get back to you!

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Carly October 28, 2011 at 8:51 am

Thank you! That would be wonderful, I supposed I could always make one and give it a trial run too!! (duh)!! (:

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shelleymay October 29, 2011 at 4:48 pm

We just pressed this into the bundt pan! so excited to see the finished result! we have quite a family of robins out front we can’t wait to share this craft with!

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Kathy December 16, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Made these with my students today. Can’t wait for them to dry.
I imagine the water is cups? That is what I used.

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Destri December 16, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Thank you for catching that, yes it is cups. We would love to see some pics of those, did you make little ones, or one big one?

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Katie December 18, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Does it have to be cold outside for this to stay together? I am wanting to make as gifts & wondering if it will stay together to wrap?

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Destri December 18, 2011 at 7:02 pm

Hi Katie, I know when Suzanne made this it was still pretty warm outside in Arkansas, so you should be good to go!

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Jess December 22, 2011 at 8:38 pm

I just made 1 of these for my MIL for Christmas. I hope, hope, hope it turns out!!! :) It just seems too easy!! :) Thank you!!!!

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Destri December 22, 2011 at 9:05 pm

We’ve received a few emails for success, so you should be covered! I so wish I would have thought of this for my Grandma…I guess there is still a little time :).
Thanks for letting us know, it always makes our day!

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Jennifer February 28, 2012 at 2:42 am

I live in France and would love to make these with some of our neighbor’s children, however there is no such thing as corn syrup here…other ideas?

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Destri February 28, 2012 at 5:07 am

That is so funny, I was just talking to a friend from the UK who hadn’t heard of corn syrup- I’m wondering how did we come to put it in every single thing! I will give a look around and ask Suzanne and get back to you. There’s go to be something :)

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Jennifer February 28, 2012 at 7:43 am

I thought about honey, but I think the jury is still out on whether or not it is safe for birds. I saw organic agave nectar today and wondered about that too.
I found some mini, silicone ‘bundt’ molds today (about 3 inches across). I got them and some sisal twine since they may be easier for the little ones to handle (and the ingredients may stretch a little further). Thank you!

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Destri February 28, 2012 at 8:08 am

I found this one by Mrs. Martha, it has a lot of ingredients you could cut out:
http://www.marthastewart.com/868299/birdseed-wreath

and this one :

http://chiotsrun.com/2011/04/07/make-your-own-suet-cakes/

How do those look?

I love the idea of using mini bundt pans, so cute!

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Thea August 4, 2012 at 5:28 pm

I made this and it is drying now. I just popped it out of the pan. It turned out GREAT! Thanks so much for the tutorial. I even gave the recipe to a friend ’cause she liked it a lot!

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Margie*in*Texas November 14, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Thanks so much for this tutorial!! I recently saw bird seed wreaths/ornaments offered for sale by my favorite Seed Co. for around $15 each. We have several friends who are avid bird feeders. Showed my hubby as potential Christmas Gifts. He says WHY NOT MAKE YOUR OWN! WOW!!! I can make a dozen of yours for the cost of ONE of theirs!!! We usually do make home made gifts but had no project in mind this year! Thanks!! (Last year was wind chimes… year before home made wine racks with home made wine included!!!) Thanks again!!!

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aloe November 30, 2012 at 10:20 am

It’s possible to make it without the corn syrup and flour: just double the knox and water.

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ann December 2, 2012 at 6:44 pm

have these sitting now… love them would you mind if we shared the idea and a link back to you?

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Destri December 2, 2012 at 10:51 pm

That would be great! Thanks for letting us know!

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ann December 5, 2012 at 11:07 am
Jenny December 16, 2012 at 3:43 pm

How many packets of the Knox Gelatin do you use? Mine are 3oz packets, but 4 to a box….

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admin December 16, 2012 at 6:08 pm

One envelope should work fine

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Katy December 17, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Hi,
I just got store brand unflavored gelatin and in the box is 4 of the 1/4 oz envelopes. So the whole box is 1 oz. Is that enough for this recipe or do I need more?

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Destri December 20, 2012 at 10:20 am

Hi Katy,

That should be plenty!

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carie December 18, 2012 at 11:52 am

Was wondering how the weight of the wreath was held by the ribbon without falling apart is my concern after making this

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Destri December 20, 2012 at 10:18 am

We haven’t heard anyone having problems – just make sure you use a nice wide one like shown in the picture and you should be fine!

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Shelby December 19, 2012 at 9:48 pm

Just made a couple of these for my mom for Christmas. Can’t wait to see how they turn out!

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SHARON TOCCO December 28, 2012 at 9:02 am

My wonderful neighbor gave me a “wreath” as a holiday gift –after all of ten minutes attach to my feeder it was gone. As i watched the fun decided now to make more for all the feeding areas in my yard —Thank you

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pegeads January 1, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Thank you so much for this project! I made one for my mother for Christmas and she really liked it. It is such an easy projects, one I’m sure kids would love to do too.

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Billie February 7, 2013 at 6:05 am

I made these bird wreaths for a craft show. I stored them in a cardboard box for 10 days before the craft show. When I went to take wreaths to craft show , they were moldy. What did I do wrong? I laid them on counter for 16 hrs to dry. I was so upset.

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Destri February 7, 2013 at 7:18 am

I would be upset too – so sorry that happened to you. Do you live in a humid place? I would think just the combination of the box, no light, and moisture, and no way for it to escape.
Again, so sorry, that’s a lot of work to go through to end up in disappointment.

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Cindy J. March 29, 2013 at 5:49 pm

I just made 2 of these! The first one looked ok but I don’t think the birds will mind! The second one was spot on. I paid $25 at Christmas for one of these. Just made 2 and enough for probably at least 4 more for around $10 and 20 minutes of my time including a phone call from my sister.

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Jeff November 30, 2013 at 10:24 am

The above recipe will make one wreath in a standard bundt pan. For color, after spraying the pan, I sprinkle dried cranberries in the pan. Then I use half the birdseed mixture and loop twine on ribbon around the pan on top of the birdseed. Have a loop of twine or ribbon coming out of the pan to use as a hanger. Put in the rest of the birdseed on top of the twine or ribbon and tamp down with a spoon that has been sprayed with cooking spray. We have found that the twine or ribbon being inside the wreath allows more of the wreath to be eaten before it falls. We do decorate the wreath by attaching a bow after it is dry.

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Christine December 8, 2013 at 2:13 pm

I am making these now but am a little confused on the
Gelatine . The box I bought (Knox) has 4 envelopes, how many
Do I use? The recapie says a box?

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Destri December 10, 2013 at 2:25 pm

One of the envelopes should do it!

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sam February 6, 2014 at 5:13 pm

i have made these now 2x and they are loved by our backyard birds – one suggestion: use a toilet paper roll in the middle of the cereal bowl and leave it in after it dries, it makes it more secure and the wreath lasts longer. mine lasted 3 weeks – picked over of course by the persnickety birds who just love the sunflower seeds! :) thanks for an awesome recipe!

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