Browsing around The Old Farmer’s Almanac website, I came across these instructions for making a wreath filled with things birds love to eat, and it inspired me to come up with my own bird feeder wreath. This is a great time of year to be thinking about birds, because the pickens’ are pretty slim out there for them. And while they will certainly apreciate the snack, if you place your wreath in front of a window, you’ll enjoy watching their antics.
- Grapevine wreath from a craft store
- Florists wire from a craft store
- Dried flower heads and dried grass seed heads
- Branches from shrubs with winter berries (such as Holly or Bittersweet)
- A large apple, sliced into wedges
- A couple small bunches of grapes
Start by intertwining the flower heads and grasses into the grapevine. Next stick the shrub branches into the wreath, use the wire to attach the branches if necessary. Then, wire slices of apples firmly to wreath. Finally, affix the bunches of grapes to the wreath.
If you want to get extra love from the birds, slather peanut butter on a couple of pine cones and roll the cones in a bird seed mix. Use the florists wire to attach the cones to the wreath.
Use several strands of raffia to tie your wreath to a tree branch or railing near one of your windows. Sit back and enjoy the show!
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