This Wreath Makes A Beautiful Christmas Gift for the Bird Lover...
There are a lot of recipes for this wreath on the Internet. I've made some with flour as the paste that have dried cloudy and fell apart easily. This recipe/method seems to hold up best for me and the wreath dries clear. I have tweaked it with a little more gelatin as I think it sets up nicer for me. I never have the same experience twice when I use gelatin, sometimes it sets up fast and other times it seems to take forever to form a paste. With patience it always thickens for me! I like to tie my wreaths with tulle as it is wide and soft and doesn't cut into the wreath while hanging. Double it up, for strength. It's also a nice touch to wrap the wreath in cellophane with a bow for gift giving!
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1/3 slightly rounded cup cornstarch
1/2 cup warm water
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 and 1/2 package unflavored gelatin
4 cups bird food (such as seeds, peanuts, berries, dried fruits)
1 bundt pans or you can use other molds
Nonstick cooking spray
Please read through all the directions before starting...
Spray bundt pan with cooking spray, set aside.On stove top over medium heat, whisk gelatin and water until dissolved. Whisk in corn syrup and cornstarch next. Keep whisking until there are no lumps. It will form a thick paste. Make sure mixture is thick before moving on to the next step (there is a picture of one of my wreaths that failed because I got impatient, see below)...if it's slow to thicken, sometimes allowing it to cool helps.
Add 4 cups bird seed to thickened mixture. Mix well. Spoon into mold. Spray back of metal spoon with cooking spray and press firmly down on mixture so it is well packed in the mold. Place in refrigerator until set. It will be hard to the touch when it's set. It usually takes about 1/2 hour. Remove from mold onto baking sheet, carefully. Let dry for a couple of days (turning occasionally). Tie on a bow for hanging (warning: do not use twine or other thin hard hangers as it will cut through the wreath and cause it to fall)
NOTE: If you would like...you can add a wire ring in the middle of mixture. It will hold together better when put outside. (hangers work well!) Make sure your wire ring is not springy, you do not want to add pressure inside your wreath. This step is not necessary to form wreath but it does make a stronger wreath. I usually do this step! **Also, do not put these wreaths out if rain is in the forecast for the week, they will fall apart in the rain (all food does).
|A Sprinkle of Dried Fruit adds color!|
|Lay Hanger in center of mixture|
|Turn carefully onto flat sheet|
|Place rest of mixture on top|
Your Wreath Will Dry Clear & Strong!
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