Edible Handmade Bird Decorations

To encourage birds into your yard, hang homemade birdseed balls from trees and shrubs. The birds rely on these additional sources of nutrients if natural foods are scarce and in severe winter weather.

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Decorative Feeders Ready For Bird BuffetEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Materials Needed:

  • 18 oz. lard
  • 3 1/2 oz. coarse oats
  • 3 1/2 oz. nuts — peanuts are a good choice
  • 3 1/2 oz. dried fruits
  • 3 1/2 oz. seeds — sunflower seeds are the best choice
  • garden wire
  • old tennis ball or similar, sliced in half and with a small round hole cut out of the top, then resealed by wrapping a length of wire around the ball and twisting the wire ends together securely
  • garden string

Step 1

Put the lard into a saucepan and melt it gently over a low heat. While the lard is melting, mix the dry ingredients together.

Gently Melt Lard in SaucepanEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 2

Add handfuls of the dry food to the melted lard and mix them together. The dry ingredients should all be well coated in the lard.

Coat Dry Bird Seed In Melted LardEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 3

Insert a piece of wire, which is a little longer than the mold, down through the center of the mold. Pack the seed mix in around the wire. Tip: Use a recycled glass tumbler as a mold if you don’t have an old tennis ball.

Bird Seed MoldEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited
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Excerpted from A Greener Christmas

© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2008

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