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Recycled Christmas Trees: For the Birds!

Well….another Christmas season has come and gone and this weekend was the last for our little tree’s comfy stay in the corner of our living room.

But we’re not kicking it to the curb this year! Instead, we relocated it to our front porch.

By: Ally Smith

2016-01-04 09.01.24It’s squished in there, but no one can see that from the curb. Also, the birds don’t care.

We decided to decorate our tree outdoors, with foods that the birds, of which there are many, can enjoy. With winter finally showing up, the cold weather is a nice time to find some unexpected treats! We have bluejays, cardinals and wee chickadees all hopping and flying about, so it’s nice to give them a little something to help make it through these frosty days and nights.

Ideas for safe and healthy foods to feed were found here at Mother Earth News: Feed for Birds.


  • String
  • Scissors
  • Needle for stringing popcorn
  • Popcorn
  • Cranberries (dried or fresh)
  • Oranges
  • Apples
  • Seeds of various types

What I did first, was pop the popcorn into a medium bowl, and added the cranberries to the mix to make for easy handfuls for stringing.

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I then cut the orange into halves, scooped one half out, and left the other. Following that, I cut the apple into slices and pieces to add to the scooped out orange as seen here. 2016-01-04 09.29.32


2016-01-04 09.33.19 Add dried cranberries and sunflower seeds…and we’re ready to get decorating!

Fill the scooped out orange half with bits of healthy and approved feed for birds, as mentioned above. Using the needle and string, add the hanger to the “bowl” for easy branch location. Add hanger to the orange half as well.

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Look at how appetizing and appealing these look on the branches!

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Have a seat, throw on Netflix and start stringing your popcorn garland. Pieces will break, some may be eaten….keep going! String a few to hang like this 2016-01-04 10.55.51

Voila! Your old Christmas tree doubling as front porch or garden decor and a winter bird feeder. What a beautiful way to recycle, and keep on giving!


2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Such a cool idea. I always feel so sad when it’s time for the tree to go – I like the idea of keeping it around just that little bit longer!

    January 14, 2016
  2. Ally Smith #

    Hey Ryan! Thanks so much for your feedback. I too, feel a little sad when repacking ornaments and hauling the tree outdoors. This year, we cut our own from a local small business and really loved the little tree we found….so it is a really nice way to keep it around, like you said. Thanks again and have a great day! 🙂

    January 14, 2016

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