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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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