Sunday, February 5, 2012

Fun Bird Treats

Feeding the birds during winter is not only essential for the birds but entertaining for you!   What else are you going to do on a cold, snowy day?   OK, I suppose you could watch a movie or too but why not enjoy watching all the hungry birds at your feeders? 

Today was a beautiful day; sunny and close to 50 degrees!   We have really had a mild winter so far!  It was a great day to fill-up the bird feeders.  (and maybe take down some Christmas lights that were still on the bushes??? shh!)  

A couple weeks ago, I did a small presentation on birdfeeder crafts for the Gardenwood Garden Club in Circleville, Ohio.   Below are some of the crafts I displayed:
A heart-shaped birdseed wreath; perfect for Valentine's Day!

A small wreath of dried cranberries and pineapple; packaged in a pretty floral tin with moss.

Super-cute mini heart-shaped birdseed wreaths!

Look how cute they can be in a pretty floral heart-shape box!

Or packaged up in cellophane bags with raffia!  So Cute!

Look how cute they look, all hanging on my little 'Filbert' tree by the front porch!   And I can see these from the kitchen window too!

Here's the recipe; it's super-easy!!   (And I found some egg-shaped molds for Easter!)

Bird Seed Wreath
Dissolve 1 pkg. unflavored gelatin with 1/2 cup warm water; whisk in 3 tablespoons light corn syrup and 3/4 cup flour and stir well. (will get thick and sticky). Mix in 4 cups birdseed; mix well until all seeds are coated.
Spray pan with nonstick cooking spray and firmly press-in seed mixture until well packed and even. Let set overnight. Remove when hardened. Tie with ribbon and hang for birds to enjoy!   (Note:  If your mold doesn't have an open center, be sure to use a straw to make a hole about 15 minutes after you've pressed into the mold.)


PS:   Breaker Breaker 1 9 for the M-Jo in Michigan.....  what's your 20?   Over.


Laurie said...

These are adorable! Thanks for the recipe... going to try tomorrow to make some of these for my feathered friends =)


Mary-Jo said...

My twenty? No, I'm going to be, ahem, fifty this fall... shh...
catching up here! I want to go to your craft shows!!! whaaa...!!!