This sweet little project looks like the perfect treat for your feathered friends this chilly winter.

By Stephanie Lynn has shared an easy recipe for her Homemade Birdseed Wreath that only requires a few items that you may already have in your home!

 

Crafty yes, and bird-watchers, too; we were excited to put together a special snack for our songful neighbors!

 

Please click here to visit By Stephanie Lynn and see the instructions that we followed!

 

 

Alicia - TCCReviewer #1 – Alicia

Mission: This was one of the coolest ideas I have ever seen. Use an old cake pan to make a birdseed wreath – Awesome!

 

Details:

  • My Mom gave me this fish cake pan years ago and never knew what to do with it until now.
  • I also wanted to make a round wreath and found a pan at the Goodwill for $1.50.
  • I grabbed some Kaytee Wild Bird Food from the grocery store.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Make sure that you generously spray your pans with non-stick spray. I did not spray my round pan enough and it ended up sticking and cracking.

I also used 4 packages of gelatin for each mold and added a few extra cups of seed more that was noted. The mixture looked goopy after you poured in into the pans. It looked strange and I thought I did something wrong – this is normal and will work out.

Chill for at least 2 hours before removing from the mold, as Stephanie Lynn suggested. I left mine in the fridge overnight.

We Tried It!  Homemade Birdseed Wreath

Pros:

Open, pour, stir and set – EASY!

Cons:

None – unless it gets stuck in the pan/tin

We Tried It!  Homemade Birdseed Wreath

Conclusion:

I love feeding the birds and was very impressed with how this turned out. Can I tell you again how cool I think this project is?!

Although one of my wreaths cracked, you cannot tell. I have been waiting patiently by the window every day and finally saw a few feathered  enjoying a snack.

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Maren

Mission: Since moving into our new home, I’ve learned that birds are fun to watch!  I’d love to keep them happy during the winter months with a special treat, so that they stick around to chirp and eat bugs in the summer!

Details:

This project seemed almost too good to be true!  I only needed a few things:

Tips & Tricks Learned:

We Tried It!  Homemade Birdseed WreathI had a little trouble getting the wreath out of the smaller of my two pans.  It was then that I realized that I forgot to spray it with cooking spray.  Dang it!  I did manage to get the wreath out with the ol’ Run-the-Upside-Down-Tray-Under-Water trick and some light tapping against the counter.

The face of each of my wreaths are very gelatin-y.  I think that I could have added a little more seed.  If you find that after scooping the seed into each pan, that there is liquid left over in the pot, this could be an indication that you can add more birdseed.  Mix a little extra in before pouring the remaining liquid in each pan.

The wreaths were a little slimy for my liking at the 2 hour mark, so I left my wreaths outside to get super cold frozen for my own sake.  Hopefully the birds will figure it out!

We Tried It!  Homemade Birdseed Wreath

Pros:

Couldn’t be an easier project!

Very cute – would make a sweet gift for a neighbor or bird-loving friend.

Cons:

Gelatin weirds me out.  If I make this again, I think that I’ll try it with fruit pectin instead.

We Tried It!  Homemade Birdseed Wreath

Conclusion:

I loved how easy this project was.  I’m not even sure that it took more than 10 minutes from start to pouring into the bundt pans!
The true test though, will be to see how my birdies like it.  If not, I know that the deer will!

 

 

Reviewer #3 – Sarah

Mission: To give our feathered friends a fly-by eatery this winter.

 

Details:

I live at Target – seriously, this is no joke. I go there with my kids probably two times a week, as it is one of the easiest places to go with three young children. Plus I always forget a thing or two each time I head there, so I have to go back!

  • I purchased one box of Knox Gelatin, which contained four envelopes of the dry gelatin mix.
  • I used my grandmother’s beautiful gold bundt pan.
  • I picked a basic Kaytee wild birdseed mix.
  • I adorned it with some  scrap fabric I had on-hand in a winter blue!

We Tried It!  Homemade Birdseed WreathBased on the directions and the size of my mold, I mixed all four envelopes of the gelatin with two cups of water. It sounded like it would be enough and this was an easy step in the process. Once that had all dissolved, I added in four cups of the wild birdseed mix and stirred that until it was combined well. I then sprayed my bundt pan with olive oil cooking spray before scooping in the wild birdseed mix and pressing it in gently.

After the mix had set in the fridge for four hours, I worked hard to get it to release from the pan. I used both my brut strength and a butter knife to convince it to finally release itself from the pan! Once I saw it in its finished form, I decided I should have used more gelatin for my mix as it was only sitting towards the lower half of the mold, but it was all still intact, so all-in-all, it worked just fine.

I hung my darling wreath out on the front porch for our feathered friends. I was even able to snap a picture of some of the birds that came to eat!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I don’t think I used enough olive oil spray on mine.  Be sure to give your pan a good spray!

We Tried It!  Homemade Birdseed Wreath

Pros:

A reasonably priced way to feed our feathered friends!

I spent $1.34 on one box of the gelatin (contained four packets) and $9.99 on the birdseed.

After seeing how adorable this turned out, I purchased four more boxes of the gelatin to make them as gifts. So, each wreath cost about $4.00 – that’s a great price!

Plus, you can personalize these for your recipient based on the ribbon used or even the kind of birdseed if you know what type of birds like to visit their home.

Cons:

The process is a little messy.

Also, if you do not happen to live in an area that attracts many feathered friends, this may not be the project for you.

We Tried It!  Homemade Birdseed Wreath

Conclusion:

I loved how this turned out that I plan to make more of these! Super easy and just plain adorable!

 

 We Tried It!  Homemade Birdseed Wreath


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Homemade Birdseed Wreath and it’s photo by By Stephanie Lynn

 


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Teal & Lime has created a darling DIY Modern Bird Feeder that is sure to give your yard or garden a chic look!

Eager to get our hands on some power tools, the gals of The Crafty Collaborative dove right in!

 

Please click here to visit Teal & Lime and see the instructions that we followed!

 

 

Reviewer #1 – Sarah

Mission:  To use my husband’s power drill and get crafty at the same time while making a darling feeder for our neighborhood birdies.

 

Details:

  • I searched the aisles of Target for the melamine plates I ended up going with – it took me awhile to decide which ones I wanted…I am a picky lady!
  • I opted for plates that had a mix of turquoise, red and orange in the design. A little pop of color outside is always a fun thing. My only complaint was that I couldn’t find any plates where the bottom was also a solid color – only white.
  • After taping and marking the center of each plate, I found a scrap piece of wood in our garage and set to work drilling the holes. This was easier than I had anticipated. Because the hook I bought was 3/8” in width that is the bit I used. It took a bit longer than I thought it would to drill through the plate and it did chip a bit.
  • Once the plates were drilled, the next few steps went quickly because I wasn’t using the caulk/glue to adhere the top plate to the hook.
  • Once it was all complete, I hung it from one of our birch trees along our driveway. We have many birdhouses along our driveway, and a plethora of birds around, so they dug in right away! I did just use a paperclip to hang it, but need to determine a more permanent option in the near future.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

My husband was so kind to show me how to change out a bit on the power drill and was there if I needed his help. Using the painter’s tape and marking the center spot-on were keys in getting this to work right.

In addition, being pregnant, I wanted to avoid using anything with stinky fumes, so I received a tip about using a piece called a Shaft Collar underneath the top plate (the larger of the two) to secure it in place. This not only saved me from having to smell toxic fumes, but also saved me time, as I was able to complete this project all is one day!

Pros:

Super fun to put together – really easy actually.

And, I love how it turned out. Our birdies LOVE the feeder!!

Cons:

Can’t think of any!

Conclusion:

Loved this project and want to make more – would be fantastic gifts and you can easily personalize them based on the plate choices, bird feed choice, etc.

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Kristy

Mission: I thought it would be interesting to do this, especially using a power tool while drilling into plates!  I gave it a shot even though I really don’t have a place for a bird feeder…so my plan was give as a gift!

Details:

  • I found two summer plates on sale so I bought them. Thinking if this turns out, I can also paint these since I am super handy with spray paint these days!
  • I purchased the E-6000 glue
  • Went to Home Depot for a washer, large eye hook, and 2 bolts
  • You will need your handy dandy power drill with bit. I did get some assistance from Mike on this project.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Well, I can say is that mine did not go as planned. I was a tad bit scared of the project from the beginning so I likely wasn’t going into this with the most positive attitude. I think you should drill with protective eye wear as I had pieces of plate flying across the room.

Also, be careful with the drill BE SURE to drill over a wooden block.  Since in the moment I thought I had master drilling skills, I proceeded to drill over my sofa cushion.  Big mistake, I now have a hole in my cushion! OOPS!

Pros:

Very inexpensive! Costs me about $10.00 and the majority was the E6000 glue which costs me about $6.00 from Joann’s.

Cons:

My plate broke; as a result, my project didn’t turn out. The plate was a bit more fragile than I had anticipated.

Conclusion:

I guess I just became a little frustrated when my plate broke and ruined my sofa cushion.  I know, not a smart move on my part but it did affect my mood on this project and whether I wanted to try it again.  In the photo, you will notice I am holding my home made bird feeder; this is because the hole was so large that the top plate wouldn’t hold!

Learn from my mistakes and I bet you will make a beautiful bird feeder! Happy drilling!

 

 

Reviewer #3 – Maren

Mission: Make a darling serving piece to hold a smorgasbord for the local birdies.

My mom seems to think that this is more of a “squirrel feeder,” but I disagree.  I also don’t know if I am too concerned – I like squirrels too, they’re funny.

Details:

  • After my monthly chat with the wonderful people of my local Ace Hardware store to tell them all about our projects, we came up with an absolutely brilliant idea.  Use this handy little thing called a Shaft Collar instead of glue to hold the top plate in place.  It’s a little bolt with an allen-wrench thing inside that makes it so it can hug the eye hook where there was no threading for a nut!  Genius!  Simply purchase one in the size of the inner diameter of your eye hook.
  • I could not keep my big mouth shut about this amazing idea and had to tell Sarah

Tips & Tricks Learned:

MELAMINE PLATES ARE FRAGILE!!!

I think that one contributing factor here is that the only eye hook that I could find that was 8″ was also 3/8″ in diameter.  That is a big drill bit!  I think that if you could find a slimmer eye hook, and use a smaller drill bit, you may have more success here.

After blasting through 3 large plates, I stopped to have a tantrum, and then finally got a hole through a smaller plate (tiny melamine chips were flying at my eyeballs).  As nerdy as it sounds, I think that wearing protective eyewear is a must here.

My tiniest [lower] plate was more like rubber, and that was a piece of cake.  I would stick with more of a rubbery plastic if you can find it!

Once I had holes in my plates, assembly was a snap!  Totally easy!

Pros:

Easy to do, and totally adorable.  The birdies at our new house will be so happy!

Cons:

Breaking plates – although I think that if you can find the right type, you can totally avoid this!

Conclusion:

This project was easy and fun.  With the plethora of plastic plates and bowls out there, you could certainly find the right combo that works for your yard, or a friends for a gift.

After thinking a little about my mom’s “squirrel feeder” comment, I ended up purchasing a Rubber Serving Tray (which I painted to look like zinc and then weather-proofed), a rubber bowl, some Silicone Sealant, two washers and made a hanging bird bath!!

…Or I suppose, it could be a squirrel troff!  LOL

 
 

 

The darling DIY Modern Bird Feeder and it’s photo by Teal & Lime


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