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For the Birds

Your Trash pile will need to be divided further. Go ahead and trash labels, empty packages, papers, etc. Separate out your floss ends or knotted flosses -- those make perfect gifts for the birds. Here's how to handle these for our feathered friends:

  1. Trim the lengths into manageable lengths. I prefer to cut pieces in 6-10-inch lengths. I also like to separate the strands so that they go further.
  2. Find a place to put them outside. You have a couple of options here that get these thread ends in the "hands" of the birds.
    1. Suet feeders -- these holders are best suited for holding those high-calorie suet cakes birds need for the cold winter months. However, they are also ideal for holding thread ends, as well as the ends of yarns and sewing threads if you enjoy those crafts as well. Simply poke the trimmed strands into the suet holder and pack as full as you can; hang the holder wherever you've seen birds in your yard or garden.
    2. Garland on the trees and bushes -- this is the easiest and quickest way to get the fibers to the feathered creatures. Simply drape the floss or yarn ends across the branches of trees, bushes or plants. The birds will find them
  3. Stand back and watch for your birds to add these lovely strand ends to their nests. Back during the spring and summer, I had a tiny bird who decided my porch corner was the best nest location, and so she built. And built, and built -- her nest was huge for such a small bird. I placed a few floss ends on my hydrangea bush in the front yard and hoped for the best; within a couple of days, the floss was gone from the bush and made its next appearance along the edges of her nest. I loved that her nest decor matched some of the projects I had worked on in the months before.
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