• Wed. Apr 14th, 2021

How to make outdoor holiday decorations that feed wildlife

Decorating an outdoor tree with edible ornaments and garland is a great way to infuse a little holiday cheer to an outdoor space, while offering food for local wildlife. Plus, many of the materials needed for this fun, inexpensive craft are common household items and kitchen staples.

But before stringing popcorn and cranberries — which is one of the most common types of edible garland — there are a few things you may want to consider.

“I encourage people to be as natural [with their materials] as possible,” said Doug Hitchcox, staff naturalist at Maine Audubon. “Use things that we already put out like bird seed and suet, but find creative ways to make them into decorations.”