Monday, October 10, 2011

25 Weeks 'Til Christmas: Week 11 Peanut Wreath

This week's gift idea came from something I saw at my dad's house.  They have a wire holder to put peanuts in to feed the birds and squirrels.  I absolutely love the idea and I think it'd be a great gift for anyone who enjoys feeding the critters throughout the Winter.  I know this would be great for my father-in-law and I wouldnt mind making a couple for our critters!

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Instructions for Peanut Wreath

This wreath will attract larger birds such as blue jays.

What You will Need

  • Wire coat hanger
  • Sugar glue (see recipe below)
  • Whole unshelled peanuts

How to Do It

To make the peanut wreath, all you need is a bag of whole peanuts, a wire coat hanger and some special “glue” using flour, water, and a little corn syrup (see recipe below). Make sure the glue is gooey and thick before applying.

  1. First shape the coat hanger into a circle, leaving the hook on.
  2. Glue a single layer of peanuts all around the coat hanger.
  3. When the first layer is dry, make two or three more layers, arranging the peanuts at different angles to create an attractive wreath.
  4. Ensure that you let each layer dry before applying the next.

Peanut Wreath Glue Recipe

Mix the following ingredients together in a bowl and then use a small brush to apply:

  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons corn syrup

Every Monday through the week of Christmas will be a new homemade gift idea/project. Be sure to check them out! Happy Crafting!

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