A Tree for the Birds

Make a tree to feed the birds with Sensible Gardening. Recycle your Christmas Tree!

After the Christmas celebrations are over and you’ve undecorated your tree, rather than hauling it to the dump or chipper right away, why not make it into a tree for the birds. If you already plan to feed  birds in your garden over the winter this is a project you will enjoy.

Make a tree to feed the birds with Sensible Gardening. Recycle your Christmas Tree!

Take your tree outdoors and stabilize it in a large container or tie it to a post or fence. You want it to be upright and secure. Next gather up all sorts of different tasty bird treats and redecorate your tree with them in mind. There are many different things you can use that birds of all types will find something to enjoy.


Try taking bagel halves and spread them with peanut butter and bird seed. Tie a string through the centre hole and tie on the tree.

Take mesh bags and fill with peanuts.

Peanut feeder for birds at Sensible Gardening

Take pine cones coated with any nut butter and roll them in bird seed.

Pine cone at Sensible Gardening

Harvest dried flowers from your garden such as black-eyed susan, purple coneflowers and sunflowers and tie them in bundles to hang in your tree.

Dried sunflowers at Sensible Gardening

After eating orange, coconuts or grapefruit halves take the empty cups and fill them with birdseed, sunflower seeds or peanuts. Hang them on your tree.

Bird Feeder at sensible Gardening

Make garlands by stringing popcorn, rose hips and cranberries.

Stinging popcorn at Sensible Gardening

Cranberries at Sensible Gardening

Rose Hips at Sensible Gardening

Use ears of corn hung upside down.

Ears of Corn at Sensible Gardening

Suet is easy to make, form it into balls and hang on your tree.

Suet balls for birds at Sensible Gardening

Check out your garden centre or feed store and purchase a few ready-made birdseed ornaments in all different shapes to add variety.

Bird Suet bell at Sensible Gardening

Once your tree is decorated it won’t be long before the birds will be visiting your garden again. Not only will you and your family be entertained while your feeding the birds, but you will be giving your bird friends a helping hand.

Recipe for Suet:

1 cup of lard or suet

1 cup of peanut butter

2 cups of flour

3 cups of yellow cornmeal

Melt lard and peanut butter in a saucepan, add flour and cornmeal and stir until completely blended. You can then simply pat up a handful and form a ball. Set your formed balls in the refrigerator to help them set up. Store in the fridge until used. You can also add millet, cracked sunflower seeds, bird seed or dried fruits and berries.


Make a tree to feed the birds with Sensible Gardening. Recycle your Christmas Tree!

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About Lynne Cherot

It's been a life time of gardening and many years of working in the nursery trade, but now I enjoy exploring and creating in my own gardens and farm fields . I'm passionate about gardening and work alongside my husband who takes care of our apiary. Bees & flowers make a great team! Hopefully by sharing my garden knowledge, your gardening will be easier and more enjoyable.
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2 thoughts on “A Tree for the Birds

  1. I did that this weekend when I took the Christmas decorations down. I have the tree on the deck off the dining room, made suet and filled pine cones with it. I actually posted about it, too! I love it.
    Saw you sharing at Tilly’s Nest
    Debbie 🙂

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