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Bird Friendly Garlands

HouseFinchHouseFinch British Columbia, Canada (Zone 5)Posts: 327
I know, I know....not Christmas yet, but I like to plan ahead for projects for our little helpers.
I would like to decorate our Juniper trees in the front yard this year. I trimmed them back in early summer to get the traditional 'tree' shape.
Stocking up for supplies, it occurred to me that an edible garland for the birds might be a good project for the kids. 
Some of the ideas I have are:
  • Dehydrated orange slices
  • Cranberries
  • Dried apple slices
  • Pine cones dipped in peanut butter and pressed into birdseed
  • 'Birdseed ornaments' (formed into Christmas shapes)
  • Dried Starfruit slices
Ruled out:
  • Popcorn-would just melt away in damp conditions
Anybody have any additional suggestions for materials?


  • floraliesfloralies Haute-Garonne SW FrancePosts: 1,370
    It's a lovely idea @HouseFinch. You will need to tell the kids that it will look very tatty after a week or so once the birds eat all the goodies. I made one once for the front door and put berries and seeds in it, it looked very sorry for its self after a few days.  :o
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 26,272
    I'm not sure they'll go for dried lemon slices and so on but festive fat balls with fruits, nuts and seeds will be appreciated.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • You could even mix in a bit of vegetable dye to get coloured ones :)
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