With the arrival of our (brief) cold weather that blew in this past weekend, I decided it was time to make an ice wreath for the birds.
In the past I've seen this done in various places on the Internet and in magazines.
I've have an old, round aluminum jello mold that I don't use anymore, and it was the perfect shape for a "wreath."
The idea is to fill the mold with seeds and any other things the birds might find appetizing, add water, and place in the freezer until solid. You can add decorative items such as cuttings from pine boughs or colorful leaves of a natural source.
I was so pleased with the way it turned out. I put a ribbon hanger on it and hung it off one of the clothes line hooks on the deck.
I did learn a lesson of something to try to avoid when making another wreath: Millet seeds sink to the bottom. For future wreaths, must figure out a way to keep them suspended in the mix with the other goodies.
After hanging the wreath, wouldn't ya know, that afternoon our temp rose to the low 30s . . . and my wreath started to drip. ("Hellllp, I'm mellllting!")
So I moved it from the position on the deck to the north side of this big birch tree to give it a little protection.
But with the unseasonably warm weather we seem to be experiencing (again, still and yet), my lovely ice wreath for the birds is quickly disappearing. And I've yet to see a bird go near it. (Hrumpf.)
No matter. The wreaths are fun to make, they're decorative, and I've got three more made and waiting in the freezer.
For when winter weather finally arrives in northern Minnie-soda!