I did another project I’ve been eyeing on Pinterest lately (shocker, huh). I made bird seed wreaths. Unlike my advent calendars, I’m very pleased with how these turned out! They were super easy to make, too. In fact, I made four batches, and we included them with our goodie plates for our neighbors with a “for the birds” tag.
Here’s the recipe I used:
4 cups bird seed
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup hot water
3 T. corn syrup
1 package of plain gelatin
Using a large bowl, mix 1/2 cup of hot water and gelatin. Mix in the corn syrup and flour to make a paste. Add 4 cups of the bird seed, and stir until it’s all coated.
Spray the molds well with cooking spray. Spoon in the mixture and press it in evenly and firmly. Place in the frig overnight to set.
This recipe was great because unlike rice crispies, you have a little time to work with these. Kids could definitely help mix and smash into the molds.
When I was looking into this project, I saw lots of cute versions done with cookie cutters. But, I don’t have that many big cookie cutters, and I was guessing it would need to dry in the cookie cutter for awhile. So, I went with an easy option, a mini bundt pan. One batch perfectly made six mini wreaths.
I will say that these need some drying time. I did 24 hours in the frig, and then turned them out on a cookie sheet to continue drying for another 24-48 hours.
Of course I had a little fun making a “For the Birds” tag for these. Here’s a printable version of my “for the birds” tags. You’re welcome to download and print it for your own use. I printed on cardstock.
After I made all the mini bundt versions, I went for a big bundt pan version for us. It’s great! Now we’ll see what our feathered friends think.
My designer takeaway: Keep trying new things because sometimes they turn out wonderfully!