Feed the birds with a pretty ice wreath bird feeder craft that kids can make in winter!
I’ve seen some beautiful ice wreaths and thought we should make our own. Except that our ground is completely covered in snow and it’s been just too dang cold to go out and scrounge up some bits of nature to include in one.
Instead, we made our ice wreath a bird feeder. I know, we already made a bird feeder craft, but I couldn’t resist another one!
Cool Ice Wreath Bird Feeder Craft Kids Can Make
Really, this is a simple craft and can use whatever grains you have on hand. To DIY your own ice wreath bird feeder, you can use:
- shelf-stable grains: oatmeal, rice, quinoa
- seeds: pumpkins, sunflower
- cereal: cornflakes, un-frosted shredded wheat
- bundt pan mold
- mixing bowl
I emptied out our pantry to get rid of some of the odds and ends boxes of goods and dumped them in a bowl.
We ended up with some corn flakes, french fried onions, brown rice, and oatmeal. And just for all of you that think rice is bad for birds, read this – its a myth.
We made our ice wreath in a bundt pan.
George simply dumped each of the dishes into the pan and spread them around however he wished. Pretty easy.
Then we filled it with water.
Kids love pouring water – and it works hand-eye coordination too!
Oops! Not in the hole of the pan.
Pour the water around the pan on top of all the goodies!
Then we quickly snuck outside to put it on the porch to freeze.
It was one of the sub-zero days we had, so it didn’t take long at all to freeze.
If you happen to not be dipping below zero, pop your bundt pan into the actual freezer.
A couple of hours later, we checked and our ice wreath bird feeder was frozen. George was so excited when I took it out of the pan!
To get your ice wreath bird feeder out of the cake mold, rest it in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes. It should slip out easily!
Feed the Birds in Your Backyard
I tied the bird feeder up with a ribbon to hang for the winter. I hope it makes it!
We’ve since had some warmer days where it was just barely freezing and it’s dripped a bit.
That’s why I wanted to use completely edible parts. Even though it would be so pretty with some ribbons and sequins in it!
If you do have access to some bits and pieces of nature, I highly recommend checking out Red Ted Art’s nature ice ornaments that are absolutely stunning. Or use actual birdseed for ornaments too, at Henry Happened.