What began as a mission to gather materials to make a wreath for the front door of our house turned into a 2 day coop-decorating affair. It all began with a little Pinspiration for a square wreath and days later...the chickens have a festive, new wreath for their coop and fully bedecked runs, yet our front door remains unadorned.
How about a little photo tour of the decorating process and then a quick, square wreath tutorial?
|Harvesting some bittersweet along the side of the road in town. My 4 year old took this shot!|
|Pine branches. Check!|
|Supply Acquisition: ACCOMPLISHED. Most of these greens went onto the "mantles. " of the chicken runs.|
I must share this revelation about my Lemoncello Enzyme cleaner: it removes pine tar
better than any other method or product I have ever tried. You have to see it to believe it!
|I got the Buff Orpington chicks their very own tree. I didn't intend for them to leave presents under it.|
|My Olive Egger roo, above, and Black Copper Marans pullet, below, serve as living decorations on the little run.|
|I would share a photo of the garland on the run, however...the chickens ate every bittersweet berry off it and rearranged the greenery. (note: I used false bittersweet, which is not poisonous to chickens)|
I cut 6 branches (aka: weeds) from the woods behind the chicken coops
into 23" lengths, binding them together with floral wire.
I began weaving the bittersweet vines around the frame. Rarely was it necessary to tie them in place.
I wired together two small bunches of pine needles with branches from our own Christmas tree (what? at least I cut them from the back!). The greens were wired onto the corner.
I then tucked some little pine cone looking things into the twisted vines and greens (I cut them from a tree behind the red coop too. I have no idea what they are, but they're cute).
A little more bittersweet on top a small piece of floral wire to hang it onto the coop door
|I can't be sure, but I believe Marilyn was contemplating Christmas caroling.|
|Feed bag stockings were, hung from the run with care.|
|The chicken wire Christmas balls adorn the trees in front of the coops. Still need a few more to complete the job.|
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