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Making a Birdseed Wreath

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This is a guide about making a birdseed wreath. A fun tradition to add to your Christmas festivities is to provide the local wildlife with these easy to make wreaths.
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February 4, 2009

A welcome treat for winged winter visitors, this suet/birdseed wreath is a fun and easy project to do with kids.

Approximate Time: 1 hour active time (doesn't include cooling down)

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Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Chop suet into large chunks.
  3. Place suet in roasting pan and bake until fat has rendered.
  4. While suet bakes, place cranberries and kumquats in channels of Bundt pan.
  5. When suet has melted, mix with birdseed.
  6. Ladle a few spoonfuls over the fruit, being careful not to dislodge, then pour remaining mixture over fruit.
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  8. Place in a cold place until hardened and solid.
  9. Unmold (place Bundt pan in sink with a few inches of hot water to make this easier).
  10. Decorate with ribbons, berry sprays, pods, or dried leaves.
  11. Hang in a cold place that doesn't get a lot of sun. Suet WILL melt!

Enjoy the colors and busy antics of winter guests all day long!

By Marilyn from Milford, NH

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August 1, 2011

This cute wreath will bring your feathered friends together for a good meal. Made from birdseed and a few household items, this hanging feeder can give you many pleasurable hours of bird watching.

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Instructions:

  1. Spray your pan and set aside.

  2. Mix the flour, water, and corn syrup together. Add in the birdseed. Mix well with hands and add handfuls to each cavity of cake pan.

  3. Press firmly in place and allow to sit overnight.
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  4. Lay out a sheet of butcher paper and turn your cake pan over so you are dumping out the contents.

  5. Make a ribbon for the wreath out of a red chenille stick by making a loop and bringing it back over and making the second loop.
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  6. Tie a red ribbon around the wreath and add the red chenille bow.

  7. Tie it outside for the birds to enjoy.

Tip: I used the red ribbon and chenille stick because I thought it would attract the birds better. This would make a wonderful gift for an older friend who enjoys birdwatching or for someone who has everything. Just wrap it in clear wrap and pass along the smiles.

By GEM from VA

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August 20, 2005

I saw some hanging bird seed feeders, like the bell shaped ones but these were shaped like eggs and hung from colored bits of yarn. I thought they were very clever but I am not willing to pay $12 for a dozen. I was wondering if I could make them but upon searching the internet I couldn't find a glue like substance to use to hold the seed together in the desired shape. I am not wanting to use suet or peanut butter. Does anyone have any ideas what I might be able to use that wouldn't be harmful to birds but allow the seed to be "glued" together in a shape?

Sandra

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August 22, 20050 found this helpful

Corn syrup?

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August 23, 20050 found this helpful

Mix two egg whites per cup of birdseed (or thereabouts) with the seed, place seed in whatever mold that you are using and bake in a very cool oven (150 deg F.) for 60 to 90 minutes. It might be helpful to line your mold with microwave-safe plastic wrap or a plastic oven bag to keep the seed from sticking. For hanging, place a piece of wire, string, or yarn in the middle of the mold as you fill it with the birdseed/eggwhite mixture. See this link for more info: http://www.thea … m/seedbell.shtml

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October 3, 20050 found this helpful

I believe that what they use to keep it all together is something called suet. It is kind of like a lard. I believe that you can buy it at places where you get bird seed stuff. You just melt it, add in the bird seed, sunflower seeds and whatever else, place into some type of mold and let it harden back. Hang with a wire.

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November 9, 20080 found this helpful

Well, you can't use something that has salt in it because salt is bad for any kind of bird. Unless your bird needs a special kind of seed you could find a kind of seed that is formed like a stick. You could hang it right in the cage. If you want it in a different form than I can't help you.

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January 5, 20140 found this helpful

Plain, unflavored gelatin (such as Knox) works well to glue birdseed together. We mixed some up, stirred it together with birdseed and molded into cookie cutters with a bit of ribbon at the top for hanging. Let them dry for a few days, pop them out of the cookie cutters and hang outside. A little messy, but fun and they look cute on the tree outside.

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