From Xplor for Kids
December 2012 Issue

How To: Make a Birdseed Wreath

Publish Date

Dec 01, 2012

When the temperature dips below freezing, birds need extra energy to survive. Lend a hand to your feathered friends by making this easy birdseed wreath.

Gather These Supplies

  • A Bundt cake pan
  • Birdseed
  • Optional: Nuts, dried corn, and fruit (both fresh and dried)
  • Sticks broken into 1-foot lengths
  • A pitcher of water
  • Strong cord or ribbon
  1. Fill the cake pan halfway up with birdseed, nuts, dried corn, and fruit.
  2. Place six to 12 sticks in the cake pan. Arrange each stick so one end is lying in the pan and the other is sticking out the side, like the rays of the sun. These will give birds something to perch on.
  3. Bundle up, then carefully carry the cake pan to a cold, shady spot outside. Gently pour water into the cake pan until it’s nearly full. (You may need to rearrange the sticks afterwards.)
  4. Leave the cake pan outside overnight. The next morning, it should be frozen solid.
  5. Carefully pop your wreath out of the pan. You may need to run the bottom of the pan under warm water to free the wreath. Use cord or ribbon to hang your wreath in a shady spot in a tree. Try to pick a place you can see from your house. In no time, birds will find your gift and their holiday feast will begin.

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This Issue's Staff:

David Besenger
Les Fortenberry
Karen Hudson
Regina Knauer
Noppadol Paothong
Marci Porter
Mark Raithel
Laura Scheuler
Matt Seek
Tim Smith
David Stonner
Nichole LeClair Terrill
Stephanie Thurber
Cliff White

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