Make a decorative wreath designed to attract and feed birds throughout fall and winter.
A wreath stocked with the nuts, berries, and seeds beloved by birds celebrates the harvest and caters to winged visitors through winter. We’ll show you how to make it.
If you pause to notice, fall’s
glory can be found in golden moments when birds gather to sing contentedly while they nibble seeds in the garden. These precious events provide inspiration for a wreath designed as a gift for the birds and a celebration of the harvest season.
Find the materials—dried seed heads, fresh flowers, sprigs of berries, and branch tips— most readily available from late summer until late fall in the garden or at a farmers market. Try using seed heads from sunflower, purple coneflower, goldenrod, and thistle. Fresh-cut flowers and berries, such as bittersweet, juniper, sumac, and virburnum, will also add color to your wreath. If you’re not already growing amaranth, flax, broomcorn, quaking oat-grass, or other plants that produce seed heads favored by birds, add them to your planting plans for next year. Online sources offer materials year-round.
Once branch tips or twigs (thick as a pencil) are tucked into the wreath base, they make sturdy perches for birds who visit the feast. A well-stocked wreath lasts throughout winter. If left through spring, the wreath’s remaining bits of stems and straw provide nesting materials for feathered visitors.
A handy seed-filled wreath puts its tasty menu within reach of fly-in diners. Hang the feeder where birds have easy access to it as well as nearby cover in shrubs or trees.