A Christmas Bird Seed Wreath
We spotted this lovely idea on the family blog Bradshaw & Sons which documents Emma Bradshaw's life in the countryside with her three young boys. The blog has lots of simple, homely ideas and recipes and this bird seed Christmas wreath is a great thing to do at home with the kids over the holidays. Make it with your little ones and while they're indoors opening presents the birds outside get a treat too!
YOU WILL NEED
twigs, willow or hazel to make a hoop
holly/mistletoe/yew/greenery from the garden
floristry wire or string
Twist the willow into a hoop and use the wire to secure if needed. If you use it soon after cutting it will be bendy enough to twist around itself and weave the ends in.
Attach the floristry wire around the pinecones, leaving enough to tie them on to the hoop.
Mix the lard, bird seed, sultanas and grated cheese/breadcrumbs together into a pliable mix and squash into the pine cones and attach them to the hoop.
Thread the apricots and sultanas onto a piece of wire into 'flowers' and attach to the hoop.
Finally add some greenery, even holly and mistletoe if you have it in your garden, to offer the blue tits, great tits and the finches some cover whilst they feed. You will also notice thrushes and blackbirds will pick up the bits that are dropped to the ground too.
Finally tie a piece of string to the hoop and hang in your garden to enjoy!
Emma Bradshaw works for the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. Visit their website to find out more about looking after birds during Winter.
BBC Countryfile will be featuring the Trust in their Christmas Special due to air on Sunday December 20th - tune in to see this wreath being made!
Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas from everyone at Salt-Water Europe x