Decorate a Wreath for Birds

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Get tips on making a simple wreath from items you find in nature, and feed birds in the process.

What You Need

  • Birdseed (optional)
  • Dried fruit (optional)
  • Evergreens, twigs and small boughs
  • Floral pins
  • Garden snips
  • Garden wire or floral pins
  • Nest building materials (optional, for spring only)
  • Decorative ribbon, string or twine
  • Seed pods
  • Suet (optional)
  • Wreath shape, such as a grapevine wreath or a circle of metal

What You Do

  1. Gather natural materials.
    Go outdoors and gather materials to decorate your wreath. Collect pine branches, ivy, boxwood, honeysuckle, or other greenery from your own yard or a friendly neighbor’s. Encourage your child to collect pine cones, dried seedpods, berries, leaves, or flowers.
    Here are great plants for food sources:

    • Seed heads from flowers such as goldenrod, sunflower, coneflower, sumac, and mullein
    • Seed heads from grasses such as millet, wheat, foxtail, and switchgrass
    • Berries on sprigs of holly, juniper, cedar, hawthorn, mountain ash
    • Pine cones
    • Acorns

    Here are great plants for nesting materials:

    • Mosses
    • Grasses
    • Milkweed pods full of fluff

    wreath supplies

  2. Decorate your wreath shape with your natural objects.
    Once back home, spread out your bounty. Lay out your items on the wreath form and make a plan about how you plan to decorate it.
    If you are planning on feeding birds, stuff the pine cones with some suet and seeds. You can add dried fruit as well.
    If you are making your nest to hang up in the spring, you could also attach nest-building supplies such as string or dryer lint, and let the birds finds your treasures for their nests.
    Attach the items using floral pins or garden wire.wreath decorating
  3. Hang up your wreath with ribbon, string or twine.
    If you have put items for bird feeding, hang the wreath away from your home such as from a nearby tree or balcony.
    If you put the wreath in a place where you can observe it, you might keep track of what birds come to visit. You could keep a journal and pencil by the nearby window to make sketches and notes.
    This craft was originally written by Kate Hofmann and Susan Goodman.completed wreath