For the market this Christmas, I put together these cute birdseed wreaths (that were a hit). You never know what will sell, but next year I'll definitely come prepared with more of these Christmas wreaths!
There are a lot of these DIY wreath recipes out there, but I tweaked a few and came up with one that holds together well and looks nice too. The original recipe used flour and water as a glue to hold the seed together, but after it dries the wreath has a white appearance. I tried cornstarch (which dries clear) and the wreaths looked great :)
Here are the steps to my popular birdseed wreath...
(makes 2 wreaths)
3/4 cup flour)
1 cup warm water
6 tablespoons light corn syrup
2 package unflavored gelatin (sometimes I use 3)
8 cups bird food (such as seeds, peanuts, berries, dried fruits)
2 bundt pans or other molds
Nonstick cooking spray
Update! I've started adding a wire ring insert to the wreaths. It holds the wreaths together and keeps them from falling apart when the birds eat through one side. Add have the birdseed mixture to the pan - add the wire ring - then the remaining mixture. Continue as above...
Tip: Use the wreaths within a week or refrigerate them until ready to use. I've had them get moldy at times when I haven't done this..
Add a string or ribbon - Hang the wreath outside - Watch the action!
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