Beautiful winter wreaths that also nourish wild birds


by New Day Producers

Posted on December 5, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 8:39 AM

Jim Ullrich, owner, and Marilyn Sisson, manager of Wild Birds Unlimited of Gig Harbor, shared tips to help turn your backyard into a haven for wild birds all winter. Marilyn and two young helpers also helped Margaret make a pretty wreath that doubles as a bird feeder.

Wild Birds Unlimited is located at 3120-1/2 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor 98335

Phone: 253-851-2575

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To recreate the wreath they demonstrated on the show, see below for the items you'll need, then watch the segment for step-by-step instructions:


(You will have leftovers on some items)

·         14” Grape Wreath, about $5 at a hobby/craft store

·         Bag of cranberries

·         1 Tub of Bark Butter

·         3 pine cones

·         Bird seed blend

·         13oz. dried fruit mix container

·         1 orange

·         Ever green clippings from a tree in your yard or woods

·         3 halves of a bagel. (Tip: cut the bagel the night before so they can sit out and dry, making it easier to spread the Bark Butter.)

·         Three small terra cotta pots- about 60 cents at a hobby/craft store

·         Florist wire, 24 gauge, in 18 – 24” length (Note: Do not buy paddle wire, you need this wire to be straight, which makes it easier to weave through the wreath.)