Victorian Tinsel Birds for Under a Buck

For a long time there, I didn’t keep a Christmas tree. Don’t ask why, it’s a long story. Sufficient to say I got my Christmas itch scratched through, um, other modes of holiday hoopla. But all that changed two years ago when I broke down and bought a $20 tree at Target to start housing my birds.

Yes, birds.

I collect bird ornaments. They used to sit on some branches in a bucket all winter, but now they sit in a proper tree and it makes me giddy every time I see it. No, it’s not a huge tree–no bigger than a fourth grader. And since I tend to hoard, I made myself a promise; I would only collect birds that were handmade, vintage, or truly special–like a memento from a vacation or a from close friend. That way I could keep a leash on the rate of collection and only after a lifetime would I eventually fill the tiny tree with exclusively one-of-a-kind ornaments. Good plan, right?

Wrong.

I thought it would take me a lifetime to fill that tree, but this is only my third holiday and it’s so jam packed I had to get an annex tree for the living room (more on that one to follow).

This year I decided that the tree needed more sparkle and a little bit of Victorian flair. I ordered some German die cut birds from 32 Degress North (they have some seriously cute stuff y’all), and mounted them on cupcake liners with some touches of feathers and tinsel.


Besides the birds and the paper gift tags used as the base, I didn’t have to buy a thing.

Not sure if that speaks to the ease of this project, or the severity of my craft supply obsession, but you get the idea.

I realize not everyone keeps polka dotted guinea fowl feathers in their pantry.

 Yeah, their are some other kinds of birds too. Here are some of my recent aquisions…

You know what they say in Portlandia –everything looks good when you put a bird on it. 

Comments

  1. Ann says

    My birds are from 1969, Connecticut. First tree, is that special enough? You can send them back after Christmas and I can tart them up. I love the felt bluebird, I might PIN that one. Guaranteed the cardinal on plastic canvas was made by a Grandma. Your tree is very Oz like, and not the doctor. Rich, and deep, and velvety. Nut bird
    why are the comments going through Diskus, not Blogger? some of them are getting eaten.

  2. says

    Love your birdies & jam packed tree. Your ornaments are so fun ~ I especially like how you blinged them out with sequins & tinsel nests. How very Liberace of you :-)

  3. ajp2020 says

    I like trees with a theme – and your birds ROCK! One year I took pictures of all the ornaments I had – handmade, given, and so on and it took a few rolls of film (when we used film, of course!) Loved it. Now, with the new cat, I’m afraid to put the tree up with ornaments. He had already turned over the tree with only lights on the table.

    Enjoy your bird tree!!! Quite lovely. You might add a nest or birdbath on the table for any extra birds flying around…. but make sure Lola can’t get them. :)

  4. Zombie Leah says

    Love it! Birds are an obsession of mine, so that combined with the glitz and glam possibly makes these the best ornaments ever. :P

  5. Lynn in southern NJ says

    Too cool! Love your tree. I’m a big fan of “anything and everything” on a tree. Love what you did to your birdie ornaments. Thanks for making me smile today.

    Lynn in southern NJ

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