Extending the Twinkle Season: A Winter Nesting Tree

Extend the twinkle season beyond Christmas with a Winter Nesting Tree, decorated with snowflakes, icy branches, glittery nests, pine cones and bird ornaments.

A Winter Nesting Tree for January with snowflakes, icy branches, birds and pine cones | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

Happy Wednesday! I’m back as promised to share photos of our ‘Winter Nesting Tree’.

A Winter Nesting Tree for January with bird ornaments | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

I’m always a little blue after Christmas when the tree comes down. A couple of years ago, I decided to transform the Christmas tree into a ‘Winter Nesting Tree’ after New Years, a cheery solution for the months of January and February when it’s cold and gray outside.

A Winter Nesting Tree for January with bird ornaments | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

The lights and sparkle of the tree help make the transition from Christmas to winter easier and makes the house a little cozier and brighter.

A Winter Nesting Tree for January with bird ornaments | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

We enjoyed it so much that I decided to continue the tradition.

A Winter Nesting Tree for January with bird ornaments | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

Nautical Nick cruised back to attic for another year, along with all the red and green, to make way for sparkling snowflakes, frosty branches and nesting birds for winter.

A Winter Nesting Tree for January with snowflakes, icy branches, birds and pine cones | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

A Winter Nesting Tree for January with snowflakes, icy branches, birds and pine cones | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

A Winter Nesting Tree for January with snowflakes, icy branches, birds and pine cones | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

The top of the tree is decorated with icy branches, found at Michaels on clearance at 80% off a couple of years ago.

A Winter Nesting Tree for January with snowflakes, icy branches, birds and pine cones | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

I cut them apart to make more branches . . .

A Winter Nesting Tree for January with snowflakes, icy branches, birds and pine cones | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

And they join large sparkly snowflake picks at the top of the tree.

A Winter Nesting Tree for January with snowflakes, icy branches, birds and pine cones | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

Snowy white bands of sparkling ribbon were found at Hobby Lobby a couple of years ago  . . .

A Winter Nesting Tree for January with bird ornaments | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

Adding some dimension and a wintry mix to the tree.

A Winter Nesting Tree for January with bird ornaments | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

Pine cone ornaments add a little shimmer and sparkle. . .

A Winter Nesting Tree for January with bird ornaments | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

A Winter Nesting Tree | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

A Winter Nesting Tree for January | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

Bird ornaments collected over the years, flocked to the tree. . .

A Winter Nesting Tree for January with bird ornaments | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

A Winter Nesting Tree for January with bird ornaments | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

Some sparkly . . .

A Winter Nesting Tree for January with bird ornaments | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

Some jute. . .

A Winter Nesting Tree for January with bird ornaments | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

And some glass.

A Winter Nesting Tree for January with bird ornaments | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

A Winter Nesting Tree for January with snowflakes, icy branches, birds and pine cones | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

A Winter Nesting Tree for January with bird ornaments | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

A Winter Nesting Tree for January with owl ornaments | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

And a parliament of owls have gathered on the tree. . .

A Winter Nesting Tree for January with owl ornaments | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

I found most of the owl ornaments at Hobby Lobby and Target. Hobby Lobby’s ornaments are 50% off starting in October.

A Winter Nesting Tree for January with owl ornaments | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

A Winter Nesting Tree for January with owl ornaments | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

Whoooooo would have guessed there are so many varieties of owls. . .🦉

A Winter Nesting Tree for January with owl ornaments | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

A Winter Nesting Tree for January with owl ornaments | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

A Winter Nesting Tree for January with owl ornaments | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

A Winter Nesting Tree for January with owl ornaments | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

A Winter Nesting Tree for January with owl ornaments | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

Hope you’re finding ways to stay warm and cozy this winter. ♥

A Winter Nesting Tree for January with snowflakes, icy branches, birds and pine cones | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

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A Winter Nesting Tree for January with snowflakes, icy branches, birds and pine cones | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

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  55 comments for “Extending the Twinkle Season: A Winter Nesting Tree

  1. Lori
    January 8, 2020 at 6:26 am

    Absolutely stunning winter tree! Love this!

  2. Ann Woleben
    January 8, 2020 at 6:43 am

    Lovely~

  3. January 8, 2020 at 6:45 am

    Beautiful!!! What a great idea to brighten the dreary days of winter!

  4. Robyn Henningsen
    January 8, 2020 at 6:46 am

    Beautiful!!!

  5. Cheryl
    January 8, 2020 at 6:58 am

    Just beautiful! I am always looking for new themes each year for our tree. I think I found the theme for next year!

  6. Rita C.
    January 8, 2020 at 7:09 am

    Wow, wow, WOW. I’d be so tempted to have that as my main tree for Christmas, it’s so beautiful. I adore all those bird ornaments, and that sparkly ribbon is gorgeous. Your retail design expertise shines, Mary!

  7. January 8, 2020 at 7:15 am

    What a lovely, cheerful tree. The birds and owls are just perfect for bringing a smile to your face. Thanks for posting.

  8. Linda S
    January 8, 2020 at 7:18 am

    You’re so talented and inspiring! Wishing you a wonderful new year ahead ❤️

  9. Ellen
    January 8, 2020 at 7:38 am

    A winter delight!!! Love all the birds they are beautiful!! Thanks Mary!! 🎄

  10. Traci
    January 8, 2020 at 7:42 am

    It feels so cozy in your home – love the tree – great job and thank you for sharing!

    • Maggie
      January 8, 2020 at 8:04 am

      Your designs are the absolute best!

  11. Sandra Brown
    January 8, 2020 at 8:24 am

    I love love love this tree! I’ve done my own for the first time this year—it went up yesterday. I need more birds! Not a bad start for my first tree though. Thank you always for the inspiration and beauty you bring to us!

  12. Jane
    January 8, 2020 at 8:25 am

    Absolutely stunning! Love it all…..
    There’s something about crisp white decor on a chilly winter’s day. It just stands out with beauty.
    So cheerful and cozy!
    Have a good Wednesday……..

  13. Karenann S.
    January 8, 2020 at 8:34 am

    What a lovely idea! And such a nice way of keeping the warmth and coziness of the holidays going throughout the winter!

  14. june fisher
    January 8, 2020 at 9:04 am

    Great idea!
    Our tree is real so it had to go out but a small artificial with the same theme is enticing. Thank you!!

  15. January 8, 2020 at 9:15 am

    I always love seeing your nesting tree, Mary! I still have my bedroom tree up, and it’s decorated with snowmen and icicles. I was thinking about turning it into a Valentine tree. A little sparkle does help with the winter blahs.

  16. Vickie H.
    January 8, 2020 at 9:16 am

    Oh my! This is just so special and such a lovely idea. Thank you for sharing!

  17. Donna
    January 8, 2020 at 9:22 am

    Sweet and lovely. . . .

  18. January 8, 2020 at 9:36 am

    Your winter nesting tree is a fabulous tradition. It is so beautiful with the icy branches, birds, owls, and all of the sparkle. What a lovely place to sit for a cup of tea and relax during January and February! Happy Wednesday, Mary!

  19. Franki
    January 8, 2020 at 9:48 am

    Ooohhh. this SO speaks to me..right to the “reflections” in that ( my) mirror!! Luv it!! franki

  20. Liz
    January 8, 2020 at 9:51 am

    Oh how lovely! Your artistry shines throughout all your creations. Love all the accents and even the snowflakes!

  21. Clara
    January 8, 2020 at 10:01 am

    Your winter nesting tree is fabulous Mary! Your bird and snowflake ornaments are lovely. It’s amazing how you transitioned the tree from Christmas to winter. It’s a wonderful idea to extend the tree time inside with beautiful pretties throughout the winter when it’s so stark outside. Have a wonderful day! Clara :)

  22. January 8, 2020 at 10:14 am

    Such a sweet idea, you obviously don’t have cats! It’s a miracle my trees survive dec, I cannot imagine an upright extension! I put up a couple of theme trees, I have a dedicated wildlife tree, I too have nesting birds all during the season, very calming tree, until I wake up every morning to a flock of dead birds strewn about the room… The scariest was finding the 10″ owl topper missing… For days! Must be nice having a staid tree in and out of season!

  23. Debbie
    January 8, 2020 at 10:30 am

    Beautiful, as always. I tried your idea this year with a smaller tree. I love it. Thanks for the wonderful idea.

  24. Theresa R Keller
    January 8, 2020 at 11:36 am

    Love this, what a beautiful tree. I need some of those frosty branches :)

  25. Cyndi Raines
    January 8, 2020 at 11:40 am

    Very pretty Mary, love the crisp white curling ribbon and the icy branches at the top. All the birdies are sweet and make the winter tree extra special. I love my winter bird tree also, makes the evenings warm with its pretty glow during our l o n g, cold Michigan winters. Stay cozy and Snuggle on! P.s. I will be baking your pecan pie muffins this afternoon, – yum!

    • Cyndi Raines
      January 8, 2020 at 3:53 pm

      Oh MY! They are soooooo good! Hubby and I each had 2 , hehe! Opted to bake rather go to the Y, haha. Will have to go for sure tomorrow and swim a few more laps. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ these are DELISH! 😁

  26. Jill Miglin
    January 8, 2020 at 12:07 pm

    Very pretty! And what a wonderful way to beat the winter doldrums.

  27. Donna
    January 8, 2020 at 1:49 pm

    BEAUTIFUL tree and a fantastic idea. I always miss the lights of the Christmas tree when we take the tree, but this idea can “ease” you thru winter to spring. Thanks for sharing.

  28. Sue
    January 8, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    I look forward to seeing your Nesting Tree, Mary, it always is fun and happy and a treat after having put away the Christmas ornaments…

  29. Susan B
    January 8, 2020 at 2:03 pm

    so elegant and beautiful Mary!!

  30. Kem
    January 8, 2020 at 2:42 pm

    Utterly enchanting. Well done.

  31. January 8, 2020 at 2:45 pm

    Just delightful, Happy New Year Mary!

  32. Marion
    January 8, 2020 at 3:36 pm

    Pretty. Thank You for sharing.
    Marilyn,Joan and Marion

  33. Sandy K Park
    January 8, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    Absolutely beautiful Mary. Hope you and your family have a Happy, Safe and Healthy New Years.

  34. January 8, 2020 at 5:13 pm

    I can’t tell you how much I love this. I just made a note on my new calendar to check HL in Oct. for ornaments to do something similar!!! Your tree is just gorgeous. Thanks so much for sharing this.

  35. Naomi Shelton
    January 8, 2020 at 5:50 pm

    That is a fabulous idea! We had to take my Christmas tree down much earlier than I like to because the two kitttens new to the household knocked it over and broke some ornaments. I feel sad not to get to enjoy it longer. I usually leave it up until well into Feb. Try to take it down by Valentine’s Day! Have been known to change it to a “Valentine’s Tree.”! But next year I am going to work on decorating a Nesting Tree like yours. You have so many gorgeous snowflake and bird ornaments. I am going to start searching for some so I have plenty for next year.

    Thanks for the great idea!

  36. Kim
    January 8, 2020 at 6:43 pm

    Your tree is gorgeous 🌲

  37. January 8, 2020 at 7:58 pm

    Mary, I love this idea. I don’t think I can get my guy to agree to the tree up through February, but sure do like the thought. That said, our tree is still up. I’m still savoring the lights at night and the beauty of it all. It’s dressed with gathered tartan ribbon, but the touch of red pleases me. I’m going to be sad to pack up all the beautiful ornaments. Many on our tree are also owls and other woodland animals. I do love the tradition of a decorated tree for Christmas and winter. Love seeing each of these details. I’ll need to check Hobby Lobby and Target next Christmas. Yes, who would have guessed there are so many varieties of owls. You show 9, and I have at least 11 on our tree, all different from the ones you show. Such a pretty winter nesting tree, Mary!

  38. Kathleen
    January 9, 2020 at 3:33 am

    Who would have thought a jute bird could be so exquisite? Love the idea of a winter tree. I think one could even get by with just the snowflakes and sparkles. I also love all of your owls…what a wonderful collection and a way to enjoy them after Christmas.

  39. Kathi
    January 9, 2020 at 7:06 am

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! What an awesome idea! All the birds are so adorable and I love the icy branches.
    Have you thought about a Valentine Tree or perhaps a Spring Tree…I bet you could come up with some great decorations!

  40. January 9, 2020 at 8:36 am

    Your tree is gorgeous Mary, I love the heavy snowy swirls, the icy branches, and all the sweet little birds…the perfect way to keep cozy in January and Feb, and it looks so beautiful!
    Jenna

  41. Marty
    January 9, 2020 at 4:11 pm

    Love your winter tree! It is beautiful!
    I have a lot of owl ornaments also, as my Chi Omega sorority mascot is the owl. I have a 3 foot tree just for my owl ornaments, but may need to graduate to a little bigger one before too long!

  42. January 9, 2020 at 5:48 pm

    Love the nesting tree, what a great idea. I envy your cold gloomy winter. I’ve lived in snow country but now am in sunny southern Arizona — where it’s in the 60s and 70s in the days, 40s or 50s at night. Just so wrong! So your pics comfort my nordic genes, thanks!

  43. Sue
    January 9, 2020 at 7:36 pm

    I am glad you decided to keep the tradition alive of turning your Christmas tree into a Winter Nesting tree, it is beautiful.

  44. Nancy Brantley
    January 9, 2020 at 11:11 pm

    I love your Nesting tree for Winter. I have a snowmen, snowflakes tree. It helps me get thru the inside house days until I can be back outside in the flowers.

  45. Sue Whitacre
    January 10, 2020 at 3:13 pm

    Oh my gosh…I love this! I’m stealing this idea for next year’s Christmas tree/Winter tree. What a great idea. I will be collecting birds and bird related ornaments all year and making a few also. Thanks for this beautiful and warm idea!

  46. January 11, 2020 at 5:44 am

    Wow! What a gorgeous tree!!! Absolutely stunning. I love all of the bird ornaments. So special! Thank you for sharing so much beauty and happy new year!

  47. January 11, 2020 at 9:53 am

    The gray days of winter need a little light, sometimes a lot! Your bird tree is gorgeous—and I’m keeping my pine garland and lights up in the kitchen sans bows…just for the ‘twinkles’! Grins!

  48. Robin Lanier
    January 11, 2020 at 1:11 pm

    Breathtaking winter tree. I did for the first time silvery blue ornaments with snowflakes & natural elements. Thanks for the new ideas.

  49. Betsy
    January 12, 2020 at 9:29 pm

    What a stunning, elegant tree! Next year, I’m using this tree as inspiration and I know it will look amazing in my living room. For a tree covered in icicles and snow, it definitely makes one feel warm and cozy. I’m already excited for Christmas 2020 and it’s only January, probably best to not share that detail with my family so soon after the packing up of Christmas 2019!

    I’m certain that I’ll never be able to find the long white strands that you purchased from Hobby Lobby a few years back. Any suggestions on how I might be able to make those? I’m afraid if I use felt and have a hidden wire (to keep the curl) that it will look lumpy. Any thoughts would be appreciated!

  50. Danielle Giamundo
    January 13, 2020 at 7:34 am

    Mary,
    What a wonderful way to add joy to the house after the Christmas decorations come down! I love feeding the birds so having little sparkling replicas inside would make me so happy!
    *Just an aside, could you tell me where you got your arched paned mirror? I have been looking for a mirror and I love that! Thanks!

  51. January 14, 2020 at 11:44 am

    I so look forward to your always stunning Winter Nesting tree! It has to make you smile every time you are near it…it does me! This post was truly a joy to see today!!! Happy Winter Nesting!!

  52. RoseAnn Mulitz
    January 27, 2020 at 6:27 pm

    Omg absolutely gorgeous and homey.
    Where do you get all your ornaments and decorations?
    What a wonderful idea!

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