Our dog and cat have lived through enough Christmas seasons, that they now get excited when the Christmas tree goes up. I always gift-wrap their treats - usually a huge bone for the dog and a catnip toy for the cat. One year we made the mistake of encouraging them to open them. Now, they think that maybe all wrapped presents are theirs to unwrap!
But, don't worry. Proving a holiday treat for our feathered friends doesn't have to be expensive. Last year I wrote about how to make a festive holiday decoration, which doubles as a homemade bird feeder. It takes just a few minutes to assemble, and it is an easy enough craft for even small children to do.
|A homemade bird feeder can be a festive decoration as well as a holiday treat for the birds in your area.|
Easy Directions for How To Make a Festive Birdfeeder
What you need:
• A pinecone
• Thin wire
• Pine boughs - artificial or real
• Peanut butter
• A "shepherd hook" or other pole or place to hang the feeder.
• Tie the ribbon securely around the top of the pinecone (under a sturdy layer of scales) and make a decorative bow.
• Attach pine boughs to the ribbon, behind the pinecone, using wire.
• Attach a wire loop of appropriate length for hanging the feeder from your hook.
• Coat the pinecone well with peanut butter, being careful to not smear it on the ribbon or pine boughs.
• Put some birdseed in a bowl and roll the pinecone in it until well coated.
• Hang your bird feeder and enjoy the birds that come to visit.
Note: Some people claim that peanut butter may be bad for birds, but my research indicated that this may just be a myth. If you are still concerned, or if you have a peanut allergy, solid vegetable shortening can be used instead.
Birds provide us gifts of beauty and song, and help reduce the insect population in our gardens. This holiday season, when food is scarce, provide the birds in your area with a welcome treat. And remember to shop for a special treat for your pets as well!
Just a reminder about December 15th
This is a little off topic, but still on the subject of gifts. In ten days I get to give one lucky blogger the opportunity to win an awesome prize. Save the date for my giveaway on December 15th, and be sure to stop back and enter!
Have you ever made a pinecone bird feeder? Did the birds like it?
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