November 26, 2010

Christmas Crafts, Treat Your Feathered Friends

One of many easy Christmas crafts that can involve your entire family is making a treat for your feathered friends!

Make cranberry garlands. Choose what other foods you want to include in addition to the cranberries.  Peanuts in the shell are good.  Other excellent choices are grapes, raisins, popcorn, or orange slices. (photo by Holly Kuchera,

You will need a needle and fishing line.  If you don't have fishing line on hand, you can also use heavy thread.

Tie a knot at the end of the thread to keep any food from falling off.  Decide on a pattern.  Maybe you want eight cranberries, four peanuts, then a foot of popcorn.  Or any other pattern.

Carefully string cranberries and other chosen foods, repeating the pattern until you have pieces that are 3 or 4 feet in length.  Tie another knot at the end.

Drape on outside trees or shrubs.

Hint:  Stale popcorn strings better than fresh! So pop the corn a few days in advance of the garland-making day.  You may  need to hide it so nobody eats it before the birds!

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