Decorate an Outdoor Christmas Tree With Edible Ornaments for the Animals

December 16, 2019 at 3:16 pm

Save a tree and some animals by taking the Christmas tree tradition outdoors

Looking for a way to make Christmas more eco-friendly and fun for the kids? Decorate a outdoor tree with biodegradable, edible ornaments for the birds, bunnies and squirrels trying to survive the winter.

Not only are you not contributing to deforestation, you’re helping wildlife who are having a harder and harder time finding habitat and food, especially during the winter.

Plus, it’s way more fun for kids to craft their own natural ornaments, than buy a big box of shiny plastic balls.

Credit: Nicolette Sowder,

Blogger Nicolette Sowder has some great edible ornament ideas on her blog Wilder Child, including:

Orange peel ornaments

Credit: Nicolette Sowder,

Peanut-butter pine cones


Bird seed “cookies


Dehydrated fruit slices


Popcorn and cranberry garland

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And there’s even a children’s book about decorating edible trees for animals to get them excited about the idea:

As Sowder notes, be sure to use biodegradable twine to hang your ornaments rather than plastic fishing line, which is harmful to wildlife.

If you really want to have an indoor tree for the holiday, consider a living tree in a pot that can be planted in your backyard when you’re done.