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Birdseed Wreath
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This is an easy project that birds will love.
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Birdseed wreath
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Ingredients: (smaller version below)

8 tablespoons cold water
4 - 1/4 ounce packages Knox unflavoured gelatin
1 1/2 cups water
8 cups birdseed

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Method:  
1. Empty the 4 packages of gelatin into 8 tablespoons of cold water in a large bowl. Let the gelatin sit for 1 minute.

2. Meanwhile, boil the 1 1/2 cups of water. Add the boiling water to the gelatin and stir for 2 to 3 minutes or until the gelatin has dissolved.

3. Stir 8 cups of birdseed into the gelatin, mixing thoroughly.

4. Let the mixture set for a few minutes, then stir again. Repeat this process a few times allowing the seed to absorb the liquid.
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Into the mold
 
Drying on a cooling rack
5. Spoon the mixture into a greased bundt pan and put in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours.

6. Remove the wreath from the mold by inverting the pan and tapping along the bottom. The pan may need to warm to room temperature before the wreath will come out.
 
7. Allow the wreath to dry overnight or longer if necessary. Placing it on a cooling rack will help the air circulate. The wreath should be very solid when completely dry.
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Hanging the wreath
 
Chickadee checks out the wreath
8. Use several strands of raffia, twine or strong string to form a loop to hang the wreath.
 
9. Enjoy the visitors.
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You may prefer to make a smaller batch and use different molds and shapes. It's very easy to make a smaller wreath (right) using a pie plate as a mold with a jar placed in the centre for the hole.

Here are the 1/4 ingredients that were used to make this wreath
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2 tablespoons cold water
1 - 1/4 ounce package gelatin
6 tablespoons boiling water (just over 1/3 cup)
2 cups bird seed

 
Towhee enjoys the wreath

 
A Spotted Towhee checks out
the bird seed wreath.
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