A Bird Friendly Christmas Tree

Bird Friendly Christmas Tree

What is a bird friendly Christmas Tree?  It’s another bit of wonderful that also reminds us our son is coming home for Christmas.

Let me explain because this project begins with a Charlie Brown ornament, Robert cutting down trees, red cardinal ribbon and a garland made from fresh cranberries.  The ornament is a simple explanation, 2 years ago Blake (our son) wanted to have a Charlie Brown Christmas tree.

I’ll never forget it, we took a branch from a pine tree at the farm, put it all together and he said, “it’s the best tree he’s ever seen.”  view here.  This is when I started to realize that decorating doesn’t need to be over the top to have heart…

Feeding the Birds Christmas Tree

The Falling Trees

When we ordered our septic a few weeks ago we found out several more trees needed removing.  Four of which were beautiful cedars so Robert got to work and started cutting.  This led to more cutting and lots of tree rubble.

All this beautiful cedar came tumbling down one by one and the air smelled heavenly.  So, the florist in me went and gathered branches and started putting things together.

I had so much fun and it finally started feeling like Christmas around here.

Cover 5 gallon Bucket with material and ribbon

Cardinal Ribbon and a Five Gallon Bucket

I needed something heavy and wide to hold everything so I grabbed a 5-gallon bucket, filled it with water and covered with a light canvas fabric.

After using most of the cardinal ribbon last week on my lighting project, I was concerned there wouldn’t be enough to finish.  Another blessing surfaced and there was just enough, this entire piece came together as envisioned.

Add wood tot he side for a place to perch

 A Few More Greens

Things didn’t end with the bucket because a small log came next and a few more greens in front, I thought this would be a neat place for birds to perch.

I love small birds, they’re like little angles from heaven that visit often and why it made sense to create a bird friendly outdoor Christmas tree.

Add a Cranberry garland for the birds

The Cranberry Garland

Finally, we needed some bird food which led to creating a cranberry garland.  Fresh fruit garlands are easy to make, it’s a matter of using heavy string and a strong needle then add one piece after the other.  Tie off with a knot and display between the branches.

This was another sweet reminder from years ago when the kids and I made a homemade Christmas tree.  Everything on that tree was handmade from ornaments to the garland; it was really neat.  Many times, our daughter referred to that tree as her favorite.

Simplicity seems to be the element that represents the beauty of Christmas in our home.

A bird Friendly Christmas Tree

After completion I had a display of memories that turned into a bird friendly Christmas Tree, which happens to be my favorite.

When I look at this tree neat memories surface, the heart shines and a place for birds to gather is present. I’m reminded the best things in life come from a place of simplicity.

Luke 2:11 -14

11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
A Bird Friendly Christmas Tree for Outdoors


  1. Patti says:

    Gorgeous! I love feeding the wildlife and your story about your son is precious. My girls are coming home this week too and I can’t wait to see them. Merry Christmas Carole!

    1. Carole says:

      Thank you -this has been a lot of fun and I have one more element that I added the other day. Sharing that next week before I kick back and take a break from the online world. Looking forward to seeing Blake he’s such a kick and it’s been a year since our last visit. Merry Christmas to you Patti…. your friendship made 2017 a special part of my year.

  2. daisy says:

    I think I’ll get some cranberries this weekend and put some on our trees outside! Beautiful!

    1. Carole says:

      Thank you Daisy- I’m loving those cranberries that shade of red is perfection.

  3. Trish says:

    Such a simple yet elegant tree! I think we may try a few of these outside instead of buying fake lighted trees.

    1. Carole says:

      Thank you glad you like it. These are fun to put together and if you don’t have access to cedar pine would also work great.

  4. Karen says:

    I love this: “decorating doesn’t need to be over the top to have heart…” I so agree and you have perfectly nailed it with this tree. It’s beautiful!

    I love the gorgeous welcome to your home and providing for the birds is perfect. You’ll have them flitting and chirping right outside your door – which will be wonderful. They’re going to love you.

    1. Carole says:

      Thank you Karen – just keeping it real and I have been enjoying this little tree especially since we spend most of our day outdoors. Stop back Monday I incorporated a fun addition.

  5. Linda S says:

    Beautiful! a creative way to use what is available and make this special time of you festive. Early in our marriage, my husband and I (and then the children as well) would traipse through the woods to find a cedar tree for our Christmas. Thanks for bringing back sweet memories!

    1. Carole says:

      Well I’m glad, memories are a great thing. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas holiday…

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