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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Domestifluff has the recipe for perfectly modern Valentine decor with her Felt Rosette Wreath.  Faux rosettes of felt create a simple and chic way to celebrate Cupid’s big day!

 

Please click here to visit Domestifluff and see the instructions that we followed!

 

Reviewer #1 – Maren

Mission: I’ve only ever done one other project with felt.  True story!  Saw this bugger and wanted to dive right in.  Wait.  How many felt circles?

 

Details:

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Pour yourself a glass of wine and pull up a chair, it’s going to be a while!  I was certain that I had cut at the very least, my first 30 circles.  Nope.  It was 12.  I was feeling very dramatic.  Cut two at a time, and break it up into little chunks, like every time you go in the kitchen, cut 30 circles.  This was my plan of attack and it was a piece of cake!

I was so afraid to cute all of these circles, that I went and bought the Martha Stewart Circle Cutter praying that it could cut my circles for me.  Nope.  Not going to happen.

I used about 330 circles.  I also packed them in a little too tight.  I ended up pulling them randomly from around the wreath to fill in the last couple of inches.

Oh!  Almost forgot!  After reading the bit in Domestifluff’s post about not covering the backside, I decided to cover the back with felt, adhering with my hot glue gun.  This way I can hang it on a window and it won’t look strange from the back.

Lastly, I used Upholstery Twist Pins to attach the ribbon to the back of the wreath!  I don’t think that this project took more than a combined total of 3-4 hours.  Tah Dah!

Maren Wreath 1

Pros:

SO incredibly easy I can hardly handle it.  I love this wreath – it’s so cute!

Cons:

Just cutting a lot of circles, which really, was no biggie once I got going.

Maren Wreath 2

Conclusion:

I absolutely love this wreath!  It is so pretty and festive without being over the top or too girly.  I might even try for another one sometime!

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Sarah

Mission: To use one of my favorite craft materials, felt, to create a darling wreath for my front door.

 

Details:

I know many of you have heard me say this before, but seriously, I LOVE felt! It is such a fun material to work with and it is so forgiving for those of us that seek perfection in our craft projects.

  • I decided to go with oatmeal colored felt and picked it up at my local JoAnn store. I wanted to make this project a little festive for the month of love – February – so I also planned to use any left over pink and red felt I had from another Crafty Collaborative project.
  • I began the process by marking my 3” circles onto my felt using a coffee mug and a pencil. I decided to cut long strips of my felt, doubled up, to allow for three circles across in a row and approximately ten columns. This allowed me to cut approximately 60 circles each time. I ended up using a grand total of 290 circles, 250 in the oatmeal felt and 40 in the red and pink felts. This process took much less time than I had anticipated, so I was able to start the wreath in no time.
  • I decided to put my felt rosettes pretty tight together on my wreath form, I just really like the look! Also, I love when designs have something offset, so I decided to add my pop of red and pinks on the lower right hand-side. I really like how it turned out.
  • After I felt I was finished adding rosettes, I placed some gold ribbon on the back for hanging – I secured it with about 6 pins just to make sure it would stay in place.

This darling wreath is now adorning our front door!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Felt is very forgiving, so don’t stress if things are cutting perfectly.  Double up your felt so that you are cutting more than one circle at a time – this was a great time saver for me!

Sarah Wreath 1

Pros:

Super easy project once you get set-up and it was a lot of fun to do.

Cons:

Slightly time consuming, but so worth it! My fingertips are slightly sore from pushing all those pins in the wreath form.

 Sarah Wreath 2

Conclusion:

I love this wreath project and really enjoy the simplicity of the final look. Because I went with a relatively neutral color, I may even try swapping out the colored section for other holidays. Maybe I’ll add shades of green in for the month of March!

 

 

Reviewer #3 – Janet

Mission: First thoughts, “This looks so cool!” Reading the blog post made me think this project would take ages.

 

Details:

  • Bought navy blue felt, foam wreath and straight pins at JoAnn.
  • Also picked up a white ink pad to use for my stencil. I found a cup at home that had a 3″ diameter, which worked perfectly as my stencil.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Fold the fabric in half when stenciling and cutting. This project is very forgiving, the circles do not need to be perfect.

I used about 190 circles…but cut about 300. What to do with all of those extra circles still boggles my mind. Start with about 200 circles and go from there.

For the 300 circles cut, I only used about 1 yard of fabric. Honestly, I didn’t need the extra 1/2 yard.

Buy the white/colored ink, it will save your sanity.

Janet Wreath 1

Pros:

Thankfully, it really didn’t take as long as she alluded to on the blog, it really only took me about 3 hours, plus I was doing laundry and watching a football game at the same time. I love to multi-task! It turned out really cute, I love it!

Cons:

I have a ton of extra navy blue felt…what to do, what to do.

Janet Wreath 2

Conclusion:

This is a perfect year-round decoration, or can be made specifically for a holiday. Very modern and very inexpensive. I loved this project!

 

 

Alicia - TCCReviewer #4 – Alicia

Mission: Felt is the magic word for me. I will always jump at the chance to work with it.

 

Details:

  • Alicia Wreath MaterialsThis project took 224 cut felt circles, styrofoam wreath and straight pins.
  • For the life of me, I could not find a white wreath so I settled for green. I was a bit worried that you would see it between the felt, but it turned out great. You could also spray paint the wreath white if needed.
  • I also used white and hot pink felt because I love the contrast and dimension.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Instead of tracing and cutting a million 3” circles on felt, I used a spool of ribbon that exactly measured 3” and used it as my cutting guide. I would then use my spool and cut 2 circles at a time. This saved a bunch of time and patience, which I ran out of. Ha!

Pros:

The completed project is so rewarding and beautiful.

Cons:

You need a lot of felt and time for this project.

Alicia Wreath

Conclusion:

This was a fun weekend project for me. After taking a few trips to Michael’s for felt, and purchasing things I did not need,  I feel that my wreath is beautiful additional to my Valentine decor. Or the perfect gift!

 

 

Reviewer #5 – Amanda

Mission: Create a festive wreath out of some leftover felt I had from other projects.

 

 

Details:

  • Once again I am going to coin myself as the lazy thrifty one. I used leftover felt from previous projects so I honestly haven’t a clue just how much I used in total but can tell you that I used 236 circles. I cut out 250 to be safe.
  • My wreath form was the exact same one used in the original post and is the perfect size as far as I am concerned! I can’t imagine it being any bigger. I think I would have given up.
  • For my circles, I used a good ole plastic IKEA children’s cup (it may be discontinued as I had zero luck when trying to locate it online to show ya’ll). It was the perfect size. I also stole my kid’s giant stamp pad and busted 250 circles in no time!
  • In total I would say that once all the circles were cut out it took about 1.5 hours to put the wreath together. I am sure I could have been quicker but my kids were still awake. Enough said.
  • You definitely need a small and very sharp scissor to make cutting out 250 circles slightly less painful.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Don’t worry about perfection! This craft is very forgiving. I definitely didn’t have perfectly round circles and it still looked great. I also ended up being just slightly short on my grey circles (about 4 inches remaining on my wreath form) so I ended up pulling some of the circles I had already pinned from random areas on the wreath and placing them in my gap. You can’t even tell! I just fluffed and tugged at the remaining pinned circles and it filled in the gaps left by where I pulled some. No biggie!

Amanda Wreath 1

Pros:

Pretty, could be fairly cheap (I guess my supplies ended up costing roughly $15-$20) and after the prep work is done you could practically assemble it in your sleep.

Cons:

Oh just the occasional finger jab is about all I could complain about. It was otherwise a craft dream!

Amanda Wreath 2

Conclusion:

I will definitely make this again or at least use this method. I am considering using it for other tasks like on a tree form or even a ball for holiday décor. It could be really cool used in a shadow box too!

 

 

Felt Wreath Conclusion

 

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It’s a Christmas miracle!  Pearls, Handcuffs and Happy Hour has shared the trick to making your very own sparkling Ornament Wreath at home!

So gather up a whole lot of ornaments, a wire hanger and your hot glue gun and get ready for some Holiday fun!

 

Please click here to visit Pearls, Handcuffs and Happy Hour and see the instructions that we followed!

 

Reviewer #1 – Sarah

Mission: To make a darling holiday décor piece and use everything I already had on-hand!

 

Details:

  • I was on a mission to find everything I needed for this project in my holiday supply storage – and boy did I find it! I have more ornaments than necessary in my basement storage! Then it was to my closet to find a wire hanger – mind you, I don’t have many of these on-hand as I really hate using them for their purpose of hanging clothes.
  • Once I got everything out of storage, I set up shop in my kitchen. I placed all of the ornaments in bowls and got my glue gun fired up. I love any project in which I get to use my glue gun!!
  • I started by unwrapping the wire hanger and put my best effort into shaping it into a circle. This was the hardest part of the project for me and I still don’t think it is circular when looking at the finished product. Oh well!
  • I then glued each of the ornament tops on to tightly secure them and started the process of stringing them onto the wire. This was an interesting process, but fun to see it begin to take shape.
  • When I was all done with the ornaments, I hooked the two ends of the hanger together and added some ribbon to finish it off. It is now adorning our home for the holidays!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Pinch the end of the wire hanger so that you have a finished edge so your ornaments do not fall off as you are stringing them on.

When you are finished, you can then pinch the other end and hook them together. I did this and then put my finishing ribbon over that area so that it was hidden.

Pros:

Beautiful end product and very reasonable to pull-off. Looks like an expensive piece when finished!

Cons:

Hard to do this one on your own, so if you think you may have issues, have a friend handy! And, my wreath got pretty fat due to the larger ornaments I used and I wasn’t able to fit it on our front door as it was too big to fit between the door and our storm door.

Conclusion:

I’m really happy with the wreath and love having it up for the holidays. A fun holiday project!

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Maren

Mission: I have been drooling over this certain wreath from Pottery Barn for years, so I was excited to see this thrifty DIY at Pearls, Handcuffs and Happy Hour.

 

Details:

  • Ornaments: 62 Red Balls from IKEA, cost me about $15
  • A hanger, piece of string and ribbon that I had on hand.
  • Some twinkle-y pinecones and seeded spray from JoAnn.
  • I used my beloved Craftsman Mini Pliers and some kind of twig clipper that I found in the garage.
  • One furry little Quality Assurance Supervisor named Rosie.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

No matter how much you think that you have enough ornaments, you don’t, buy more.  62 ornaments was not even enough to totally fill up one wire hanger.  My completed wreath is about 15″ wide.

No matter how much you think those tops are secured onto the ornaments, pull them off and re-glue them back on!  This will save you a lot of frustration and several F-bombs.

Having said that, if you manage to break the little loop off in the process (like I did several times) you can pull a slick MacGyver move like I did and glue an ornament hook inside the ball (photo at right).

In perfect OCD fashion, I laid out all of the ornaments, organized by size and then lined them up so that they would be evenly strung by size on the wire.  Yep, I admitted that.

I used my pliers to make a little loop on each end of the hanger and then strung the two ends together with a piece of string.  Tah Dah!

Pros:

A relatively easy project with terrific results!  I love this thing!

Cons:

3rd degree glue gun burn on the fingertips.  Happens every time.

Conclusion:

This was an easy project and I really love the end result!  I think that I’ll give it another shot on a larger scale!

I can’t wait to hit up JoAnn at the end of the season and score some more ornaments at a steal!

 

 

Reviewer #3 – Katie

Mission: Recreate the ever popular ornament wreath you’ve probably seen everywhere the last few years

 

Details:

  • I selected different textures in the same general color scheme and laid out a towel to collect the inevitable glitter fall out.
  • I had to ask my boyfriend to secure the ends.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Seriously glue the toppers to the ornaments. Even the ones you think are secure will fall off. Just glue them all at once and be done with it.

Pros:

Surprisingly easy! I think I’ll make one in purple, gold, and green for my Mardi Gras wreath this year!

Cons:

The original post didn’t give directions for securing the ends once complete and I had to ask for assistance.

 

Conclusion:

Super easy and really pretty!

 

 

Reviewer #4 – Janet

Mission: Have always wanted to create this project and was so excited to try it out!

 

 

Details:

  • While I was out browsing IKEA, I happened upon their Christmas decoration section and found perfect ornaments for the project. The total cost came out to be $15, with no extra money spent for the wire and glue, which I already had.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Choose a wire hanger with thick, sturdy wire. I didn’t think about this at the beginning and the wire I used probably won’t keep its circular shape through the holidays. Also, make sure you pick ornaments that have a few different sizes, as the smaller ones can fill in a few open spaces.

Glue those ornament hooks. You may think that it is a step that you can neglect, but really you shouldn’t. Those suckers pop off!

Try not to get (too) frustrated. Having an extra pair of hands nearby is helpful as it is awkward holding on to it and finishing the ends.

Turn the ends of the wire with pliers to create two hooks that you can use to finish the wreath (see picture).

Pros:

Turned out great! Such a simple, unique decoration to make and is a perfect way to add some BLING to the holiday decor.

If you have some ornaments on hand that you don’t use any more, this would be a perfect way to use them.

Cons:

It was frustrating at times, just because it is awkward holding on to all of those balls without dropping it!!

If you are a perfectionist, it can add time and frustration to the project if you don’t like the way it looks and you want to rearrange.

Conclusion:

This wreath is pretty awesome, and much unlike the normal wreaths that you usually see during the holidays. I like how mine turned out, though I could think of a few things that I would do next time I make it, such as using stronger wire. Mine will be an oblong wreath by the end of December!

When you make this (which you should and will make!) wait until after the holidays are over and get some ornaments on sale and plan to make next year! Happy holidays y’all!

 

 


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