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Birdseed wreaths are a winter feast for our feathered friends! Kids, adults, and birds alike love these decorative projects. They are easy to make and create terrific gifts. They look wonderful hanging in trees or in windows. Makes 12 small wreaths.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup water
  • Measuring cup
  • 3 cups wild birdseed
  • 1/2 cup drained cranberries
  • 1/2 cup raw nuts, roughly chopped
  • 2 envelopes of gelatin
  • Raffia, ribbon, or twine
  • Waxed paper
  • Cellophane bags

Here’s what you’ll do:

  1. Bring 3/4 cup of water to a boil
  2. In a large bowl, sprinkle 2 envelopes of gelatin over 1/4 cup of cold water. Let the mixture sit for 1 minute.
  3. Add the hot water to the bowl and stir for 3 minutes, or until the gelatin has completely dissolved.
  4.  Add the birdseed, cranberries, and nuts and blend well. Let the mixture set for a few minutes, and then stir again. Repeat until the mixture is cool and workable.
  5. Divide the mixture into 12 balls (or fewer for larger wreaths) and place on sheets of waxed paper.
  6. Flatten the birdseed balls slightly, form holes in the centers and let dry overnight.
  7. Loop raffia, ribbon, or twine through the center of the wreaths to hang.
  8. Package in cellophane bags, tie with additional raffia, ribbon, or twine, and attach a label, if desired.
  9. Hang up your beautiful creation!

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