Outdoor christmas tree

Grant Stephens and Rebecca Hammond show us how to make a Christmas decoration that even your birds will love.


  • 200g lard or dripping fat
  • 500g birdseed
  • Shaped bakeware (e.g. small flan tin)
  • Drinking straw
  • Ribbon


  • Stovetop
  • Large pot
  • Glass measuring jug
  • Scissors
  • Wooden spoon
  • Spoon

Step 1. Half-fill the pot with water, place it on the stove and bring the water to the boil.

Step 2. Place the lard into the measuring jug and float the jug on top of the hot water. Use the wooden spoon to stir the lard as it melts inside the jug.

Step 3. While the lard is melting, cut the straw so it’s slightly longer than the depth of your mould.

Step 4. By now, the lard should be a golden liquid (very hot). Take it off the heat and pour in the birdseed. Stir until it is mixed together thoroughly.

Step 5. Hold the straw vertically in the mould and spoon the birdseed and lard mixture around it, roughly 30mm thick.

Step 6. Use the spoon to press down the mixture so it is nicely compacted, then place in a fridge to set.

Step 7. Once the lard has set, put some hot water in the jug (or appropriately sized dish) and float the mould on the water until you see the sides lightly soften.

Step 8. Turn the mould upside down and the birdseed mixture should come out, locked together in the shape of the mould.

Step 9. Remove the straw and tie a ribbon through the hole so you can hang it in a tree.

Step 10. Make a number of these decorations in different shapes and hang them on a tree outside.

Step 11. Watch the birds come and enjoy your outdoor Christmas tree.

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