A wreath on your front gate says welcome to family and friends and if you make a bird seed wreath, wild birds will also stop by to get a taste of your crafting skills.
I make two types of bird seed wreaths. In late summer and fall I make a "nature's harvest" bird seed wreath.
When nature is brimming with ripening fruits and berries and seed heads are forming on grasses, I collect everything that I would eat if I were a wild bird. In nature, I look for vines of wild grapes and bittersweet, for privet berries on the hedge and seed heads forming on weeds. In my garden I look for sunflowers, zinnias and ornamental grasses going to seed.
When I run out of materials for making my "nature's harvest" bird seed wreaths, I make a bird seed wreath that is perfect for winter. Since this project requires the use of gelatin, temperatures should be close to or below freezing. If you live in an area where winter temperatures stay near 50, you can substitute peanut butter or rendered suet for the gelatin.
Making a bird seed wreath is a messy project that can be a lot of fun for kids.
Cut a circle out of the cardboard about 10 inches in diameter. Then cut out a center hole about 4 inches in diameter.
Mix the packet of gelatin according to the instructions on the package.
Stir the bird seed into the gelatin.
Once cooled, the mixture should form a ball if you squeeze it in your hand. If it is too loose, add more bird seed.
This is the messy part. Mold the mixture by hand onto the cardboard. It should stick to the card board. If it is not sticking enough, use wire to secure it into place.
Attach the wire for hanging. Add any desired decorations. Then hang your new bird seed wreath in a location where you can enjoy watching the wild birds feast.
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