Thursday, December 24, 2009

Tree for the birds

One of our favorite traditions this time of year is putting up a tree on our deck for the birds.  We make simple birdseed ornaments to adorn the tree and the birds that come for the feast make the tree so much more beautiful - nature's own lovely winged ornaments.

We have a big alumimun pan filled with birdseed.  We have several heart and star shaped ornaments cut out of cardbooard and then threaded with yarn for a hanger.  Make sure you have your hangers on before adding the paste and birdseed  - I made that mistake once - only once.

To  make the paste mix equal parts of confectioner's sugar and flour in a bowl and then add enough water to make a not too thick - not too thin consistency.    Use a brush to paint the paste onto the cardboard ornaments and then bury the ornamants in the seed.  You can let them set a for a couple of minutes - but they are pretty much ready for the tree once they are covered in birdseed.

All ready for the birds!

The tree is enjoyed by all members of the family!

We usually get our tree for birds ready on the winter solstice but we're running a bit late this year!

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