Seed Feeders

Make Them for The Holidays

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Seed feeders make the best Christmas gifts or excellent gifts for all occasions.

Outdoor Christmas tree decorations that add colour to your yard and fill appreciative little bird bellies.

  • Using cookie cutters cut Christmas shapes (Christmas trees, ginger bread men, bells, balls, etc.) from slices of whole wheat bread.
  • Lay the cut out shapes on a cookie sheet.
  • Insert a wire hook (the kind used to hang decorations on a Christmas tree) into the bread shape near the top.
Cookie Cutter Bird Treat

Cookie Cutter Bird Treat

  • Toast the bread shapes in the oven (300 degrees) until dried out and hard (refrain from turning the bread more than once, I did not turn mine at all).
  • Let the bread shapes cool.

Tree Decorations

  • Smear peanut butter on one or both sides of the bread shape.
  • Pour wild bird seed into a large flat pan.
  • Press the peanut butter smeared side(s) into the pan of birdfeed. Make sure a large amount of seed mix sticks to the coating by gently pressing the toasted bread shape into the seed mixture.

Hang the festive decorations from trees, shrubs or other bushes in your yard. The shapes will look great and the birds flocking around the trees will provide a wonderful sight at your bird seed feeders.

Home Made Wild Bird Treats

Home Made Wild Bird Treats

Decorative Garlands that Taste Good Too!

  • Cut a long length of thread (5 - 6 feet is perfect!)
  • Thread a medium sized needle with the thread doubled.
  • Tie a large knot at the end.
  • OR use a length of fine fishing line (5-6 feet)
  • Thread onto a larger needle.
  • Tie a large knot at the end.

Collecting Ingredients

Collect some or all of the following ingredients:

peanuts in the shell



Fruit Loops

fresh or dried fruit







pineapple pieces

Now the fun begins.

  • Create your own garlands (my grandchildren call them bird necklaces) by threading the “goodies” onto the long length of thread.

Oops! I almost forgot. Popcorn is a much appreciated part of the garlands too. (But can be tricky to get it to thread without falling apart. Handle gently!)

Helpful Hints

  • After threading each piece of fruit, wipe the needle clean. Otherwise the needle will become too sticky to work with.
  • Do not thread the goodies too tightly together on the thread. Sometimes if they are packed too tightly the fruit pieces and especially the popcorn and peanuts will break off into pieces.
  • Hang the garland in your backyard. For days, if not weeks, you will have the pleasure of watching your feathered friends enjoy their festive treat!

Christmas Cakes For Wild Birds

When you make your Christmas cake (or use any fruit cake) this year, make one for your backyard bird friends.

To make it go further and to help prevent it from falling through the feeder, mix it with suet. Use a half suet and half Christmas cake combination. The wild birds will love it.

The fruit and nuts in the cake will be a welcome festive treat that will also serve to warm up your feathered friends in the cold Christmas season.

You can put it in a Peanut in the Shell feeder, or a suet feeder, or simply place it on a platform feeder

This is also a great way to use up a Christmas Cake or pudding that doesn’t quite please your taste buds.

You will draw appreciative takers though, who will pay you back in full with moments of delight as they chow down on your Christmas cake morsels and other bird seed feeders!

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Become A Backyard Bird Expert

        Would you like to be a bird expert able to:

  • Know by sight all the birds that visit your backyard?
  • Identify the birds you hear on a walk?
  • Answer your Grandkids or friends question, "What bird is that?".

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