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One of the coolest things about fall and winter is watching the leaves change color and decorate our lawns. One not-so-cool side effect of the falling foliage is that this natural food source for our feathered friends becomes depleted. Why not pay it forward with this Honest DIY and have some fun too? This bird feeder wreath couldn’t be simpler to make and you probably have most of the materials sitting in your pantry. And it’s not just for the birds — when finished these make a great holiday gifts for friends, relatives, and even the kid’s teachers.

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Materials

  • Wild birdseed

  • Agar-Agar (vegan) or unflavored gelatin

  • Water

  • Bundt pan

  • Medium pot

  • Spoon to mix ingredients

  • Piece of ribbon, twine, or fabric

 

Directions

  1. Dissolve 1 tablespoon of Agar-Agar (or gelatin) in 1 cup water and bring to a boil. If using Agar-Agar make sure you bring it to a rapid boil, as it will not set properly if it does not get hot enough.

  2. Fold in 2 cups of birdseed and stir until evenly mixed and coated.

  3. Spray Bundt pan with non-stick cooking spray if needed. Scoop the mixture into the pan and press into mold. If you don’t have a Bundt pan already try your local thrift store or flea market, or pay a visit to grandma’s house! DIY-3

  4. Let wreath chill for at least 2 hours in the fridge. Remove, and allow it to dry overnight. When the wreath is set it should pop out with a just a little pressure!
  5. Create a hanger out of your material of choice (I used a piece of old dish towel here) and hang from your porch, fence, or favorite tree.DIY-4

  6. Watch while your new friends come to feast! The kids will love to see all of the different birds that pay a visit and you’ll love the delight it brings to your yard!

Feel free to spruce-up these simple guidelines by adding other natural flair like cranberries, holly, and baby pine cones. You can even experiment with other pan shapes, mini Bundt molds (perfect for ornament size), or make your own makeshift Bundt with a pie pan and inverted tumbler. Get creative – the options are endless!

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