Saturday, January 12, 2013

DIY birdseed wreath ...

Our backyard is a bird sanctuary! My husband is a bit of an amateur birder and he has numerous bird feeders stocked with a variety of seed for every bird's taste, a water fountain for little bird sips and baths, and he maintains a yard with an abundance of trees and ground vegetation. He's even supplied our feathered friends with ample houses for nesting mothers and their young.

This Christmas, our daughter Kathryn handcrafted beautiful birdseed wreaths as gifts for her Dad, and I had the pleasure of documenting her project as a tutorial.

Male cardinal checking out the DIY birdseed wreath.

4 cups bird seed
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup warm water (we used microwave to warm)
1 package of plain gelatin
3 tablespoons corn syrup
1/2 cup cranberries (or berries of choice)
Cooking spray
Large mixing bowl
Bundt cake pan
Parchment paper
Cookie sheet



All photos above of Kathryn creating her birdseed wreaths.


  1. In a large bowl mix the warm water and gelatin together, allowing gelatin to dissolve.
  2. Add in the corn syrup and flour, whisk to create a paste.
  3. Add 4 cups of the bird seed and stir well.
  4. Spray the Bundt cake pan well with cooking spray, then scoop the seed mixture into it as evenly as possible.
  5. Tap down the seed with a spoon and leave in place for 24 hours.
  6. After 24 hours, gently flip the molded seed wreath onto a paper-lined cookie sheet, and allow to dry for an additional 24 hours.
Kathryn's yummy DIY birdseed wreath with burlap ribbon.

My husband hung the wreath next to another established feeder. In no time at all, the blue jays arrived to eat all the cranberries, followed by the cardinals and sparrows who devoured the seed.

Sparrow joy! The DIY birdseed wreath is a hit.

Even our winter guest stopped by to check out all the hub-bub.

Northern Harrier Hawk photographed in our Crepe Myrtle next to the birdseed wreath.

Some of our feathered guests have more than seed on their mind. We also have a hawk that visits regularly throughout the winter to inspect our vegetation for ground critters.

If, like us, you are interested in conservation of wild birds and their habitats, please visit the American Bird Conservancy at

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