DIY Treats for Feathered Friends
The Birds Will Definitely Tweet About These!
Feeding the Birds
This time of year is perfect for bird watching from inside your home! We have added several feeders this year t our deck and have already identified several species. It’s great to keep a bird guide and some small binoculars on hand for the kids to watch and identify all the great birds in your own back yard. You can make a wide variety of bird feeders for your back yard, here are some of our favorites. Here is an online guide to identify bird species.
Recycle Your Christmas Tree
What you need
- Lard or Shortening
- Cranberries, Orange Slices
- Using twine, tie the sticks together in the center creating a star or tree topper
- Liberally apply the shortening or lard to the center of the twigs
- Cover the shortening or lard with bird seed
- Embellish the twigs with cranberries and orange slices
- Place your star on the top of the tree
Orange slices add color and attract birds!
- Sharp knife, cutting board
- Cookie sheet
- Oven – set to 200F
- Slice the oranges – we sliced ours about 1/4″ to 1/2″ in thickness
- Arrange on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven until they dry up a bit (several hours-until dry/dehydrated) TIP – You can do this overnight. Set oven to 350 to preheat. Once preheated, place oranges in oven and turn oven off. Keep them in the oven overnight to continue to dry them.
- Hang oranges on branches in morning
Pine Cone Seed Ornaments
- Shortening or lard
- Utensil or plastic glove for applying lard
- Bird Seed
- Using a piece of twine (approximately 12-14 inches) tie twine around the cone and then knot to make a hanger
- Apply ample amounts of shortening or lard to the cone using a utensil or a glove on your hand
- Roll cone in birdseed until covered completely
- Hang on branches
O These are always so much fun to make!
- Circle brand cereal
- Cut twine to desired length
- Thread cereal onto twine
- Hang various lengths on branches