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Blossoms for Birds.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Blossoms for Birds.

Hi, I'm Donni from The Magic Onions Blog. My shop is Fairyfolk.

Here in Southern California, Spring has definitely arrived! Our nights are cool, our mornings are crisp and our days are warm and sunny... it's lovely weather, my favorite time of the year. The squirrels come out, the jasmine blooms and the birds start collecting treasures to build their nests with.

We have a spring tradition that we call 'Blossoms for Birds'. Each year as Spring approaches and we start to notice the birds building their nests, we decorate a bare tree branch with lovely soft wool for them. We find a branch.
Saw it to the right length for little people to reach even the top branches.
And then we put the bare branch in a spot in the garden, just beyond our deck, where we can watch it from our dining room. It's best to put the branch in a visible place, somewhere where you can watch it, undetected by the outside creatures.
Collect a basket of spring-colored wool scraps. I let K choose any color she wanted from my precious stash.
Decorate the bare tree with the wool, winding it around the branches and twigs.
Timone, our squirrel, came to see what we were doing.
She caused great distress by climbing down our Blossoms for Birds tree, nearly knocking it over and making K very angry... "This is for the BIRDS, Timone!" K scolded.
We were able to placate her with a few nuts while we finished decorating our wool tree.
It looks so pretty, covered in colorful tufts of wool, however, a pretty tree is not why we made our Blossoms for Birds Tree... it's for the birds to build their nests with!
All Spring long, we'll watch from our dining room table as the neighborhood birds are attracted to the colorful wool. They'll twitter about in a frenzy of excitement at the lovely soft wool they've found. They'll take a colorful bundle in their beak and fly off with it to build their nests. Just imagine what their nests will look like... pink, blue yellow... so pretty and soft for the sweet little baby birds.For more nature-inspired children's activities, visit my blog The Magic Onions.

Blessings and magic!

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Blogger Mama Bird said...

Beautiful! We've been collecting a few small baskets of materials to leave out for our birds to create their nests with. I love the blossom tree idea though... thank you for sharing.

March 24, 2010 at 9:02 AM  
Blogger Naturalearthfarm said...

This is such a wonderful idea.
Thanks for sharing Donni.
Warm wishes, Tonya

March 24, 2010 at 9:28 AM  
Blogger mrsbeccijo said...

This is such a fun idea. I can't wait to do it with the kids!!


March 24, 2010 at 11:53 AM  
Blogger FairiesNest said...

Such a lovely idea! Thanks for sharing!

March 24, 2010 at 3:10 PM  
Blogger erin said...

This is such a fun idea to do with any age. My daughter loved the colors (she's 3) and asked me to look at the pictures again. :-)

March 25, 2010 at 9:10 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

Oh, Donni! What a sweet, sweet idea! Have you ever found a colorful nest? Thanks for the great idea! love, Beth

March 26, 2010 at 6:41 AM  
Blogger Vilt à la Kim said...

oh I just need to start doing this with my kids, Just saw 2 birds very close to my house today trying to collect wool from a felted piece I left outside, Thanks so much for sharing!!

March 30, 2010 at 4:37 PM  
Blogger Elemental Handcrafts said...

I am totally doing this tomorrow! What a great idea!

April 1, 2010 at 8:29 PM  
Blogger germandolls said...

we were watching some birds last year fighting with the string from a birthday balloon. My daughter had left it tied to a tree and different birds "attacked" it all day trying to use it for their nest. It was so much fun watching them. I felt guilty though because they never figured out how to get it off the tree...I will definitly donate some wool roving to them this year. They will be so much happier! Great idea!

April 2, 2010 at 5:30 PM  

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