Holiday Trees, Wreath Ornaments
and Feathered Friends

When it comes to the holiday season, tree trimming is at the top of my fun, to-do list (shopping is at the bottom).

This year, my tree includes a few handmade, bird wreaths which blend in perfectly with my back to nature-themed holiday tree.

My little birdie wreath ornaments are tucked inside the branches along with a ton of other assorted feathered friends that I’ll introduce you to a little later.

Throughout this post, I’ll show you how to make this fun and festive bird wreath ornament and I’ll also give you a closer look at my finished tree.

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Let’s get started making this wreath ornament.

In addition to a hot glue gun, spray paint and spray-on snow, you’ll need the following items:

  1. Pine twig
  2. Small, ball ornaments (optional)
  3. Mini wreaths
  4. Decorative berries
  5. Coordinating ribbon
  6. Small artificial birds


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First, lightly spray paint the twig wreaths desired color.  I used a faint-colored silver.

You can choose to paint the entire wreath or just random areas.  I wanted a faint amount of the natural brown, twig color to come through so I didn’t spray paint with a heavy hand.

Blog holiday bird paint

Next add a little bit of snow to the wreath.  You can buy artificial snow in a spray can or in a small container which requires that you paint it on.

I prefer to paint the snow on so that I can be more precise about where it’s applied.

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I remember seeing a project like this in an old Hallmark magazine several years ago.  Anyone else remember that bimonthy mag?  It folded a while back but I recall it was always a pretty good read.

You can add any kind of embellishment to suit your taste.  I added a few pieces of artifical pine and berries along the top of the wreath to keep everything looking natural.

Blog bird ornament wreath

A pretty, red bow tied around the top-center of the wreath adds a splendid splash of color.

Blog bird ornament bow
You can also add a small ball ornament or tiny crystal ball for an additional festive touch.

Use a hot glue gun to adhere the little bird to the lower portion of the wreath and your feathered friend has a home.

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I love the back-to-nature look that you get using birds in a Christmas tree and I always use as many as I can possibly squeeze into my tree.

In addition to my bird friends, I also adorn my tree with berries, birdhouses, dried baby’s breath, burgundy bows, wooden Santas and elves, assorted artificial fruit, poinsettias and eucalyptus twigs.

I have a little bit of everything in my tree and that’s exactly how I like it.

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With so much going on in the photo above, my birdies may be tough for you to see right away.

Here’s a closer look at some of the birds who have found a home in my Christmas tree.  I love the little nests and eggs and they work well with the all natural theme.

Blog bird ornament mosaic
I also have several of these foot-long pheasants that always look like they swooped in for a smooth landing five minutes ago.

They sit on the very tip of the outer branches and their long tail feathers stick out ever so slightly beyond the outline of the tree.

Blog holiday bird pheasant
Even the sweet little wooden elves who make an annual appearance in my tree, arrive with bird-in-hand.

Check out this holiday elf’s egg-filled basket.  Too cute and perfect for my theme.

Blog bird ornament elf

Finally, here’s a look at my tree completely decorated.

I always used to set up our Christmas tree in the family room.  Last year I decided to put the tree under the staircase in the foyer and this has turned out to be a much better (and now permanent) tree location.

When guests come through the front door, they’re greeted with this colorful and festive holiday decor and I love how it all looks.

 Blog bird ornament tree wide
As 2010 winds to a close I want to thank everyone for your visits and support of my blog and creative efforts all year long.

Here’s hoping your holidays are fun, happy and safe.  I look forward to kicking off the new year with a brand new series of fun crafts and tutorials and a few surprises along the way.

See you in the new year.  Until then,


  • Anonymous

    Those are super adorable! You have the cutest ideas here! Hope you are enjoy the holiday season!

  • Anonymous

    I love all the birdies in your tree, the wreath is just too darling -thank you for this tutorial!

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  • acekard

    I haven’t any great word for you dear,, you did really great job, I’m really glad to see these amazing nest ideas, its really great.


    What a lovely entry way!

  • Blenda Studio

    Merry Christmas, Lisa! What a gorgeous tree! I like the way your stairway wraps around it and that the little birdies sort of blend in with tree until you take a second and surprise there they are!
    Best Wishes,
    (PS Stopping by from BYW group)

  • Charmaine McLaughlin

    Oh Lisa you are so clever and your home is SO BEAUTIFUL! Wishing you and your fam a wonderful Merry Christmas!!

  • Kim

    BEAUTIFUL tree and I love the ornaments. Have a joyous and blessed Christmas

  • Terri

    So beautiful! I love these accents of nature brought indoors. I really love those splashes of red on the wreath and the birds. Such a warm inviting tree and stairway! Enjoy your holiday season, and thank you for sharing so many wonderful ideas with us.

  • Nikki Brey

    What a beautiful tree! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  • Angela C.

    Your tree is beautiful, as always! Love the location by the staircase, Merry Christmas!

  • Chris Anderson

    So lovely!! Every thing just looks so Christmasy! You did a fabulous job!

  • Julie Size

    Merry Christmas to you too Lisa! I love your bird ornaments. When we moved to the barn.. that first Christmas I found that my holiday decor was just too formal for our new home. I changed everthing over to a more casual theme with red birds as the highlight. I have greenery over the cornice boards dotted with red berries and nesting birds – so this ornament would fint in just perfectly!
    I know it is a lot of work – but I enjoy your blog so much. It is a nice place to escape when I want to relax and NOT think about doctors, hospitals, treatments etc..!!

  • Thimbleanna

    Wow — it’s all so gorgeous Lisa! Thanks for giving us a few tips on those cute little wreaths. Wishing you and your sweet family a Very Merry Christmas!

  • Berta

    Wow, beautiful tree and ornaments! And a perfect spot to display it! Thanks so much for a another great year of tutorials and crafty inspiration!
    I hope you and your family have a great Christmas and a wonderful holiday season and New Year!

  • melissa @ the inspired room

    Wow, what a GORGEOUS tree and entry! That is a stunning place for it!
    I love the back to nature look too, so pretty!
    Merry Christmas!

  • Allie

    Lisa your tree is just gorgeous – I love a packed tree, it just captures the exuberance of the season. I love all the birdies [ I love birdies!] in your tree, the wreath is just too darling -thank you for this tutorial!!! Merry Christmas Blessings to you and yours!

  • Bethany

    I love that elf!!
    Thank you for all the work you do and all the ideas you give to us. I look forward to each post 🙂
    Merry Christmas!

  • Heather

    SO crazy cute! My 2-1/2 year old son is making “nests” lately (out of blankets and such), but I think we may have to add a few of these to our tree! I really love your blog!

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