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.
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.
BIRD TREATS TO MAKE:
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.
Take pine cones coated with any nut butter and roll them in bird seed.
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.
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.
Make garlands by stringing popcorn, rose hips and cranberries.
Use ears of corn hung upside down.
Suet is easy to make, form it into balls and hang on your tree.
Check out your garden centre or feed store and purchase a few ready-made birdseed ornaments in all different shapes to add variety.
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.
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