For the Birds

Written by Judi Hunter

Decorative and elaborate or simple and functional, birdfeeders and birdhouses are lovingly coveted by many people (and birds)!

The collector seeking a new piece forrepparttar den or study need only consider personal taste and aesthetics- many who enjoyrepparttar 136267 careful art and craftsmanship of a beautiful birdhouse or feeder would never think of placing their precious gift outside inrepparttar 136268 rain and other elements.

The serious or novice birder, onrepparttar 136269 other hand, has just a bit more to consider. With a minimal amount of work and some forethought, anyone interested can enjoy observing and identifying birds from their own urban or rural yards or decks throughoutrepparttar 136270 entire year. It is possible to attract up to one hundred different species of birds to a yard withrepparttar 136271 careful placing of just a few feeders and houses!

While any type of birdfeeder or house will prove itself a delightful addition to your landscape, you should ask yourself just a few questions to guarantee that your bird-attracting efforts are successful for both you andrepparttar 136272 birds. When choosingrepparttar 136273 type of feeder or house you need or want, you should considerrepparttar 136274 following:

Are you trying to attract a wide variety of birds or a specific type of bird? How often do you want to clean and refillrepparttar 136275 feeder? Do you want to seerepparttar 136276 bird close-up from a window or would you rather lessenrepparttar 136277 possibilities of window strikes? Are you ok with starlings and jays that like to perch and can dominate a feeder, or are you trying to attract strictly smaller clinging birds like chickadees and nuthatches? Further considerations include pests (squirrels…) and predators (housecats…).

This may all seem like a lot, but really, there are many resources at your local library, bookstore or onrepparttar 136278 internet that are not only interesting, inspiring and fun to read but will help you answer these questions in hardly any time at all.

Make A Stunning Dried Hydrangea Wreath

Written by Valerie Garner

Dried hydrangea wreaths are so beautiful and versatile in a home, and a lot of fun to make as well.

You can either purchase already dried hydrangea flowers from your local craft store, or you can dry your own. The biggest trick when drying your own isrepparttar timing of when you pickrepparttar 135720 flowers. It is best to pick them right before you anticipate your first fall frost. If you pick them mid-summer, they just will not dry correctly.

You can either hang them upside down in a darkened room to dry, or you can set them in a vase upright, even adding a tiny bit of water inrepparttar 135721 bottom ofrepparttar 135722 vase, although even that is optional. As long as they are picked atrepparttar 135723 correct time, it’s difficult to fail with them. It’s fun if you can, to pick several blooms from different bushes, as it will provide a nice variety of colors torepparttar 135724 wreath. After they are dried, pick off any dead / discolored brown blooms.

Now, pickrepparttar 135725 type of base you want to use for a wreath. My personal favorites are either Styrofoam or grapevine type wreath bases. Take some floral wire and wrap it aroundrepparttar 135726 wreath, then form a loop ofrepparttar 135727 wire to hang fromrepparttar 135728 wall, and then wraprepparttar 135729 wreath again. You might try hanging it fromrepparttar 135730 wall at this point to make sure it lies correctly, and then make any needed adjustments whilerepparttar 135731 wreath is bare.

To do a Styrofoam wreath, use a low melt point hot glue gun. Separate each bloom into smaller florets. Hot glue each floret intorepparttar 135732 wreath base, actually pokingrepparttar 135733 stem down intorepparttar 135734 Styrofoam base. With each bloom, space it out overrepparttar 135735 surface ofrepparttar 135736 wreath, for example; a floret atrepparttar 135737 top, next left side, bottom, then right side, then insiderepparttar 135738 circle ofrepparttar 135739 wreath, and outside ofrepparttar 135740 wreath. Continue to do this with each bloom until you fill it.

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