Friday, January 13, 2012

Valentine's Wreath for the Birds

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Now that Christmas is over, I wanted to put up a different wreath on our door and thought we would go with a  Valentine's Day wreath.  One of our science activities this week was to watch popcorn pop, so I thought a popcorn wreath would be perfect!  Our birds are probably getting hungry since they have long eaten the food off of our corn cob bird feeders, so I figured that they would appreciate it too =) I saw a few different ideas online for popcorn wreaths, so I headed out to the dollar store to find some cheap material.  I was hoping to find a styrofoam like heart shape to poke popcorn into, but no luck.  What I did find was some red floral wire that would be perfect to fashion into a heart shape!

So the kids and I strung a bunch of popcorn and dried cherries.  This was SO much easier than stringing the Indian corn necklaces we did in October!  We had to be very careful, but the kids were actually able to help me by handing me pieces of popcorn and dried cherries, pushing them down the string, and even poking them on the needle a few times.  Trevor tired of it before we got enough strung, but he enjoyed it for the first while.



Once we got enough length of popcorn, I wrapped it around the heart I had shaped out of the floral wire.  I made a double heart, hoping that it would help give the wreath more width.  I'm sure that you could come up with a different idea, but mine ended up looking pretty much as I had hoped =)  The popcorn kept slipping downward, so I took some extra string and wrapped in around and around to keep the popcorn in place.  Then I tied a ribbon at the top and hung it up!  I originally wanted it to be a wreath for our front door, but my husband wisely cautioned me that I might not want to beckon birds to our front door.  I headed his caution.  Hopefully we will get to see some birds enjoying their food!



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22 comments:

  1. What a great idea! We will definitely have to try this. Thank you for sharing it at Sharing Saturday!

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  2. This is fantastic! We can't forget about our feathered friends during the winter! Love this!

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  3. This is such a GREAT idea!!! Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with us at Sharing Saturday.

    ~MiaB
    www.mamamiasheart2heart.com

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  4. Love this idea! We just took down our tree from Christmas and had popcorn strings on it...we draped them on the fence and banister and our feathered friends have already started enjoying them! Found your blog via Far Above Rubies!

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    1. What a great idea! Why not, right? You didn't even have to spend the time stringing them (since they were already strung from Christmas).

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  5. Love it - what a great idea, we've been making bird feeders too!

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  6. I love this idea! We recently spent some time popping popcorn, and I know my kids would love this as a follow-up! Thank you so much for sharing at Teach Me Tuesday -- I hope we see you again next week!

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  7. What a fun idea! I imagine your kids have been having fun seeing all the different kinds of birds that come by.

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  8. I just so enjoy the eagerness of your children!! this is the essence of homeschooling to me! Blessings to you :)

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  9. Thank you everyone for you kind comments! I'm so happy that you all visited here =)

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  10. I found this post on T.G.I.F. linky party. I love this. My boys (2 and 4) love watching the birds at our feeders in our backyard and I know they would love to make them some food. What a great idea. Thank you for sharing.

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  11. That is truly so sweet and adorable, Amy! Ingenious!

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  12. This is a great idea my boys love when we have humming birds in the summer, and really miss them now that we're covered in snow!

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  13. This looks amazing thanks so much for sharing. So nice to meet you just found your beautiful blog over and so happy I did. I have enjoyed looking around and I'm now following you, wonderful to meet new friends. Hope you find a spare minute to visit me sometime follow back if you like. I’m looking forward to keeping in touch in 2012.
    Always Wendy

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    1. Thank you for your kind words! I checked out your blog, it is absolutely beautiful!

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  14. This is a great idea! I have always done the peanut butter/bird seed ones in the Fall, but haven't thought to make one this time of year. Thanks for the great idea! Saw you at TGIF!
    Stop by and visit sometime if you get a chance!
    Catherine
    tbc-tobecontinued.blogspot.com

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  15. I think it turned out beautiful. I have been wanting to do something for our birds. You have inspired me. Thanks for sharing at Monday Madness. Hope to see you again tomorrow!

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  16. What a fun idea! My kids would love this! I found you through Toys in the Dryer. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  18. I love this! I tried it out and blogged about it with a link (of course!) to your project. http://blog.playdrhutch.com/2012/01/29/five-ways-to-feed-the-birds-or-squirrels/

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