Prep 20 mins
Cook 24 hrs
These make wonderful gifts, not only for the birds but the bird lovers. Hang the wreaths on the side of a tree, where they will attract woodpeckers and chickadees. You can find straw wreaths at craft stores.3 yards decorative ribbon 12-15 grain branches...you will need approximately 2 cups of small seed for small birds..
- TOOLS or EQUIPMENT.
- saute pan.
- metal tongs.
- large metal spoons.
- 9x13 pan.
- 1 to 2 wax-paper lined cookie sheets.
- 3 6 1/2-inch straw wreaths.
- 3 yards decorative ribbon.
- 12-15 grain branches.
- In a large saute pan, heat the suet over medium low heat until completely melted. Stir in the peanut butter and cornmeal.
- It may be necessary to add a bit more cornmeal if mixture is too runny.
- Remove from the heat and, with tongs, dip in one of the wreaths, covering the entire surface with the suet mixture.
- Use a spoon to coat the inside.
- Place the bird seed in a pan and roll the warm suet-covered wreath in the seed, completely covering the wreath, patting the seed on if necessary.
- Place on the cookie sheet.Repeat with the remaining wreaths.
- If the suet mixture begins to harden, reheat it slightly and continue dipping. Refrigerate the wreaths overnight.
- Tie with bows and grain branches.
- I save some of the grasses when I cut them back in the fall, and use them sometimes. Wheat stems look really great as well.