Autumn Wreath for the Birds
This tutorial was picked up by HomeFarmer Magazine by way of twitter and printed in their online publication.
Gather thin, flexible willow for the frame and some berries & greens for decorating. Wear good gloves and have some thin wire and wire cutters handy for tying in loose ends and attaching small bits and bobs. Don’t forget to fashion a loop on the upper back for hanging.
Twisted willow frame in progress. Next add greenery, followed by berries and veg for the birds.
Corn and dried sunflower. Autumn ferns add some lovely colour and texture.
Wreath foundation complete.
Birds love blackberries so add some of these in too. You can add in more materials as they are eaten, but it should last four to six weeks until it is stripped to its foundation and redecorated for Christmas.
Functional art all from our garden and the island ‘woods’. The birds have begun to pick at the berries and two of the four pumpkins were already chomped on while still in the garden. They won’t touch the onions but the corn will make them happy.
A haiku for the birds
abject hunger calls
the tempting functional art