Edible Wreaths: Holiday Feasts For The Birds

I love wreaths all autumn and winter- and wreaths that attract and sustain pretty birds? What could be better?Watching birds feast is highly entertaining, and decorative elements that change over time are fascinating, so edible wreaths are a one-two punch of visual excitement. You can easily make one to suit your style, or there are a few nice ready-to-hang options as well...

  • The Oregonian did an "Easy Wreaths" tutorial, including this lovely seed-ball example.
  • Mom Prepares featured this pretty birdseed wreath, citing Under The Table And Dreaming's instructions as the easiest to follow. Does anyone know how to make a birdseed wreath without using gelatin?
  • This graceful Foxtail Swag (excellent bluegrass band name!) is available from A Home For Wild Birds, but I think it would also be such fun to make. They used black broomcorn, foxtail millet, green safflower, bittersweet and a bow, but I hear bittersweet is invasive here in California. Any other suggestions for edible elements to add?
  • I love the combination of black and bits of color in this seed wreath sold by Doctors Foster and Smith, but could live without the raffia bow. It is made of "highly desired" black oil sunflower seed, shelled peanuts, millet, colored safflower seeds, and gelatin.
  • Finally, in a stroke of availabist genius, Terrain offers this dried sunflower seed head adorned with grains (and star anise, it looks like). If you grow large sunflowers in your garden, you could make a wreath for everyone on your list (or at least all the birdlovers). Does anyone have experience drying these? Thanks!

Images: 1. The Oregonian for OregonLive 2. Mom Prepares 3. A Home For Wild Birds
4. Doctors Foster and Smith via Outdoor Urbanite 5. Terrain

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