A Twinkling Winter Tree for the Cold Winter Months and Cozy Nesting

Extend the twinkle season with a Winter Nesting-themed Tree, ideal for the cold, gray winter months; decorated with bird ornaments, glittery nests, snowflakes, icy branches and pine cones.

Birdhouse ornament on winter nesting tree | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #winter #tree #birds #christmastree

Happy Monday! I hope you’re staying warm and cozy!

It’s been a cold, blustery and rainy week with a 50 degree drop in temperatures, a

 shock to the system after unseasonably warm weather and balmy 75 degree days!

Bird ornaments on winter nesting tree | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #winter #tree #birds #christmastree

It’s the perfect weather to stay indoors with a good book and a mug of something warm

to drink and enjoy a little winter nesting!

Bird ornament on winter nesting tree | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #winter #tree #birds #christmastree

Our Winter Nesting Tree is a tradition started six years ago to extend the twinkle season

for the months of January and February when it’s cold and gray outside.

The twinkling lights of the tree help make the transition from Christmas

to winter and keep the house a little cozier and brighter.

Bird ornament on winter nesting tree | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #winter #tree #birds #christmastree

It’s good for my mental health to turn the tree on in the mornings and evenings

and enjoy the twinkle and glow of the lights.

Winter Nesting Tree with birds, snowflakes and icy branches | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #winter #tree #birds #christmastree

Our Winter Tree is decorated with bird ornaments and nests,

snowflakes, icy branches, snowy white bands of sparkling ribbon

and pine cones.

Bird ornament on winter nesting tree | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #winter #tree #birds #christmastree

Bird ornaments collected over the years, flocked to the tree

looking for a cozy place to nest for winter.

Titmouse bird ornament on winter tree | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #winter #tree #birds #christmastree

There’s a Titmouse. . .

Nuthatch bird ornament on winter tree | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #winter #tree #birds #christmastree

A Nuthatch. . .

Chickadee ornament on winter tree | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #winter #tree #birds #christmastree

And some Chickadees.

Chickadee ornament on winter tree | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #winter #tree #birds #christmastree

And some unidentified bird varieties. . .

Bird ornaments on winter tree | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #winter #tree #birds #christmastree

Bird ornaments on winter tree | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #winter #tree #birds #christmastree

Bird ornaments on winter tree | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #winter #tree #birds #christmastree

A parliament of owls have gathered on the tree. . .

 Owl ornament on winter tree | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #winter #tree #birds #christmastree

 Owl and bird ornaments on winter tree | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #winter #tree #birds #christmastree

Most of the owl ornaments came from at Hobby Lobby over the years. . .

 Owl and bird ornaments on winter tree | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #winter #tree #birds #christmastree

Hobby Lobby’s Christmas ornaments are 50% off starting in October

and they sell out quickly!

 Owl ornaments on winter tree | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #winter #tree #birds #christmastree

Whooooo would have guessed there are some many variety of owls? :)

 Owl ornaments on winter tree | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #winter #tree #birds #christmastree

 Owl ornaments on winter tree | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #winter #tree #birds #christmastree

 Owl ornaments on winter tree | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #winter #tree #birds #christmastree

 Owl ornaments on winter tree | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #winter #tree #birds #christmastree

Pine cone ornament on winter nesting tree | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #winter #tree #birds #christmastree

I added a few more sparkling white picks to the tree this year,

 found on clearance for 75% off at Michaels.

Bolt cutters and white glittery floral picks for winter tree | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #winter #tree #birds #christmastree

I used my hubby’s bolt cutters to cut the thick wire stems

to make more individual branches to add to the tree.

Winter Nesting Tree with birds, snowflakes and icy branches | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #winter #tree #birds #christmastree

And I added some ornament cones to hang from the branches for the birds to nest in this year!

DIY Christmas Tree Ornament Cones with birds | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #DIY #christmas #craft #ornament #birds #winter

These ornament cones are a fun, affordable and easy craft project using scrapbook paper that

you can find in single sheets or in paper pads at the craft store.

You can find the DIY details to make them, HERE.

DIY Christmas Tree Ornament Cones with birds | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #DIY #christmas #craft #ornament #birds #winter

I filled the ornament cones with some paper shred for the bird ornaments to ‘nest’ in.

DIY Christmas Tree Ornament Cones with birds | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #DIY #christmas #craft #ornament #birds #winter

These cones come together quickly using the same method as in

Valentine Candy Cones and Easter Treat Candy Cones.

DIY Christmas Tree Ornament Cones with birds | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #DIY #christmas #craft #ornament #birds #winter

I was hoping for snow last week like the NC mountains received, but it was only rain for us.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed for snow later this winter

while I enjoy the sparkling snowflakes on the tree.

Winter tree with snowflake ornaments | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #winter #tree #birds #christmastree


Winter nesting tree with bird ornaments | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #winter #tree #birds #christmastree

Do you have a tree you decorate and enjoy seasonally other than at Christmas?

Winter Nesting Tree with birds, snowflakes, pine cones and icy branches | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #winter #tree #birds #christmastree

Winter nesting tree with bird ornaments | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #winter #tree #birds #christmastree

Hope you’re staying warm and cozy in your nest this winter. ♥

Winter Nesting Tree with birds, snowflakes, pine cones and icy branches | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #winter #tree #birds #christmastree

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Winter Nesting Tree with birds, snowflakes, pine cones and icy branches | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #winter #tree #birds #christmastree

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  45 comments for “A Twinkling Winter Tree for the Cold Winter Months and Cozy Nesting

  1. Ann Woleben
    January 10, 2022 at 6:28 am

    Mary, your bird tree is magical. I decorated a small tree last January with our bird ornaments. This year I have decorated our den mantel with a snowman, a bird and wintery birdhouse, a glittery nest, twinkling lights and delicate artificial greenery. It definitely lifts our spirits for the winter season. High of 33 here tomorrow in coastal Virginia~

  2. January 10, 2022 at 6:36 am

    Don’t decorate another tree…but love seeing yours! And next year, I’m adding more birds to my tree,,,I have seen and bought some beautiful ones just this year…after buying them, I have to find a place to store them…that’s the problem…hope YOU are staying warm & cozy! 3 months until SPRING!! 🕊🕊🕊🕊

  3. Gail
    January 10, 2022 at 6:46 am


  4. Rita C.
    January 10, 2022 at 6:48 am

    I love seeing your winter tree Mary. You have so many great bird ornaments. I’d be tempted to replace having a Christmas tree for this one! We got 10″ of snow this past Friday, and then over an inch of rain yesterday. It’s a mess outside! People’s yards look like swamps. Here’s to the start of a new, dry week!

    • Cyndi Raines
      January 11, 2022 at 4:55 am

      Love it Mary! Love your flock of birds and beautiful winter tree. The soft lights help keep the atmosphere of peace and calm as we snuggle in on these long, cold winter nights. My “seasonal tree” is just the ticket to keep the doldrums away, creating a special corner in my house for added fun and decoration with my bird ornaments always on display. Right now the added icicles and snowflakes echo our very bitter temps we are experiencing. 9 degrees with a bitter sharp wind making it even feel colder, is too much for this Michigan girl! Tomorrow it is supposed to a make it to the 30’s and will feel like a heat wave! Lol

      • January 11, 2022 at 5:36 am

        Oh goodness Cyndi…that is cold, for a Michigan girl and a Southern one! :) Hope you’re staying warm and cozy indoors by the twinkling lights of your tree. Thinking of you. ♥

  5. Cathy
    January 10, 2022 at 6:53 am

    Your winter bird tree is gorgeous! I had not seen such a thing before – what a wonderful idea! I have collected a few bird ornaments over the years but now have an impetus to do more. We always leave our tree(s) up until after Epiphany but next year, I think instead of taking down, I’ll “re-decorate”. I agree I appreciate turning those twinkling lights on in the morning (so dark in the winter!) and then enjoying them all and again especially in the dark of evening!

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful tree! Blessings!

  6. Susan Martin
    January 10, 2022 at 7:13 am

    Wonderful idea and your display is sure inspiring!

    • Clara
      January 10, 2022 at 10:56 am

      Mary, I love your winter nesting tree! It’s gorgeous! We bought a slender tree this year for the bedroom to do this as I love the lights glowing during the winter months. Love the addition of the branches and the little cones are adorable! Enjoy your week! Clara❤️

  7. Dorinda Selke
    January 10, 2022 at 7:31 am

    Mary I just adore your nesting tree. I had planned on doing this same sort of tree in our home after Christmas but right now am sick as can be in bed since New Year’s Day with that dreaded Covid ~ and I tried valiantly to keep from getting it. Hoping I get strong enough to still be able to do the tree but there’s always next year ! ❄️🦉🪶🐿

    • January 10, 2022 at 7:34 am

      Oh Dorinda, I’m so sorry to hear you’re sick. Thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery winging your way! ♥

  8. Brooke Udy
    January 10, 2022 at 8:16 am

    Such a wonderful idea! When we took down our Christmas Tree this weekend my husband and I both said how dark it looked in the house. Tonight I am going to suggest doing a winter tree in future years. Your tree is beautiful!

  9. Cindi
    January 10, 2022 at 8:26 am

    Adore your bird tree. I have a few bird ornaments but will have to look for more after seeing your tree. Because we do a “real” tree I took it down the other day but it is in my back yard waiting to be decorated with treats for the birds. My hubby built me a wooden tree that I saw on a different blog in the fall. It sits on our screened porch but I can enjoy from the family room. I decorated it with Halloween witches, ghosts and pumpkins and orange lights in October, November the Halloween decorations were switched out for pumpkins and turkeys, then of course Christmas decorations and white lights. Yesterday I made it a snowman tree with a big Snowman head on top and lots of little snowmen on each “branch”. I may just keep it up all year…could do hearts, then Easter…then flowers. 😊 It was easy to make and has become my favorite decoration. Peace.

  10. January 10, 2022 at 8:57 am

    I love you winter nesting tree Mary, and all your bird, owl and winter ornaments. The icy branches you added this year look great! We always get a real tree that only lasts for 3-4 weeks so we can’t keep it up much past Christmas. Your tree looks so real and I know it keeps things cheerful during the long gray winter months. Hmmmm….I just might have to get a tree and decorate it with snowmen!

  11. Karen
    January 10, 2022 at 9:15 am

    Happy New Year’s Mary! Wondering if Lola or Sophie saw and are curious about the birds on your tree? It was always a struggle to keep our boxer away from our decorated tree. He would quietly watch us decorate it and then at night, he made it his mission to take it all down!

  12. Frannie Stevens-Meshorer
    January 10, 2022 at 9:25 am

    oh Mary! a wonderful winter wonderland!!!! I love to decorate ‘trees’ for various holidays .. Christmas, Winter, Valentine’s Day and Easter especially! This year our tall, vintage, soft-white Christmas Tree theme was pinks and whites and silver because our little ‘tweenie’ grande-daughters have chosen the new feminine ‘coquette’ style of decorating for their bedrooms .. and I wanted to surprise them with a tree in the same theme. Living on the side of a mountain here in Helena, Montana, sparkling snow arrived just before the holiday. After Christmas, I added ‘sparkly snowballs and icicles’ .. and NOW .. I will be on the lookout for BIRDS and NESTS to add during January. VALENTINE being my very most favorite holiday of the year .. I am ALREADY in the process of gathering ‘hearts’ and little hand-made red valentine dolls and doll dresses for the tree. . Thank you so much for your inspiration and creativity that you so sweetly share with us. xo, Frannie

  13. Donna
    January 10, 2022 at 10:20 am

    Your photos are absolutely AMAZING. The birds, the nests, everything. . . . sparkle on.

  14. Carolyn Price
    January 10, 2022 at 10:29 am

    Gorgeous! Just breath-takingly gorgeous!!!

  15. Lynn Barber
    January 10, 2022 at 10:30 am

    I always enjoy your winter tree. I have a white tree I set up in the sunroom. It is filled with all things birds. So enjoyable to have a cup of tea and enjoy sunshine and birds.

  16. January 10, 2022 at 11:09 am

    Truly magical

  17. January 10, 2022 at 11:24 am

    Your nesting tree is absolutely gorgeous! A beautiful way to bring warmth and charm in your home.

  18. Debbie J
    January 10, 2022 at 11:42 am

    Oh I love this idea every time you post it! This year I did a small flocked tree as well as our traditional Christmas tree so maybe that one will be my winter bird tree! Thanks so much for the inspiration!!

  19. Paula
    January 10, 2022 at 12:35 pm

    I have followed your blog for years and your inspiration has been invaluable. I have many of the same Fitz and Floyd as you and to this day still cherish each and every one. Last year we moved into our “empty nester’ home and as a result I now don’t have the surface space for all my wonderful pieces. I did, last year go to a winter tree for our main tree, and I absolutely love it. I added large white painted branches, also from Michaels. I also use white feather boas, tucked into the branches for a snowy look, and fluffy white owls of various sizes. Most of my ornaments are glass, white and silver, but this year I added a touch of gold. I hope you continue your posts because they are absolutely wonderful. Have a blessed and wonderful New Year!

  20. megaalli
    January 10, 2022 at 1:41 pm

    Adore this idea! Here in very cold -20 Celsius ⛄️icy, snowy Ottawa, Canada also experiencing another Covid semi-lockdown. I notice many folks are just leaving their Christmas trees up! Also exterior holiday lights are still going on at dusk..being far North we have shorter, colder days and looong nights. We are downsizing over the next year and I must divest myself of the hundreds of ornaments collected over the years but will make an allowance for my birds and other ‘nature’ ornaments. I agree that having a ‘winter’ tree is so lovely to have.
    Ugh, they have just announced a severe cold warning! Stay warm and enjoy your very pretty tree!

  21. January 10, 2022 at 5:47 pm

    I like the term ‘twinkle season’ Mary, I think we should make that a thing! Heck, if we can have national bagel day (or fill in the blank day), I think we can add another festive season-enjoy:@)

  22. Nancy Brantley
    January 10, 2022 at 6:14 pm

    Love your Twinkling Winter Tree! I haven’t decorated a tree for Christmas in years….I decorate for Winter. I decorate for every season and I’ve already added Valentines to my tree. It just makes me happy to see Twinkling lights and pretty in Winter. Enjoy your blog because you love to decorate also.

  23. Linda
    January 10, 2022 at 6:41 pm

    Oh Mary you’ve done it again! So gorgeous and fun! I did two trees this year – one flocked tree that was more fancy in red, white and gold and a larger Woodland one. I loved them both! Your Winter Nesting Tree is on my radar for next year. I had foot surgery last year and again this year after Christmas so I can’t decorate another tree now but I already have, owl, bird, nest and snowflake ornaments, and a unique set of chunky wood garland with stars and snowflakes that I scored last year right after Christmas. Thanks for sending your twinkles our way!

  24. Sue
    January 10, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    Thank you Mary! I so look forward to seeing your twinkling bird nesting tree and the new additions to your collection for the year! Your posts always bring joy and inspiration, I appreciate all the fun ideas you’ve shared with us so beautifully…
    Winter is upon us here in Idaho and we are seeing more folks leaving their twinkling lights on too…I think you are definitely on to something! Happy and healthy New Year wishes❣

  25. January 10, 2022 at 7:09 pm

    Mary, I always look forward to your winter nesting tree. I love the addition of the cones. The twinkling lights add so much to the often gloomy days of winter. I almost left my tree up in the cottage to decorate for Valentines and then decided not to. I might should have enjoyed it a little longer. Enjoy your week!

  26. Debbie Jones
    January 10, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    Enchanting winter nesting tree! Love it!

  27. January 10, 2022 at 8:57 pm

    I always love your twinkling birdie tree, Mary! We all need some sparkle in the winter months. I still have my bedroom tree up and it’s on a timer for a few hours in the morning and evening. I have snowmen on it and then will switch to hearts. Thanks for sharing some January Joy!

  28. Gert
    January 11, 2022 at 12:54 am

    Mary…What a gorgeous tree. Love it!!!

  29. Debbie- Dabble
    January 11, 2022 at 10:23 am

    I have always loved this Tree and it inspired me to create my snow and Ice trees in my Den which I will be posting about tomorrow!! Thanks for the inspiration!!
    Happy New Year!!

  30. January 11, 2022 at 11:25 am

    I look forward to your winter bird tree each year! It is so pretty and I love all the different owls. I still have my Christmas tree up…..but it is the last thing up. I have transitioned to “winter decor” all over. I am slowing down as I get older:):):) Have a beautiful day, it is BITTERLY cold here in PA.

  31. January 12, 2022 at 9:11 am

    That wonderful you keep the festivities going! I will say when you strip the house of holiday there us a sterile vacant look for weeks, great idea to pamper your winter days.

  32. January 12, 2022 at 1:22 pm

    Beautiful! I love this tree! I love birds, what a beautiful way to get through the dreary winter days! Hopefully we will get some snow here in NC this weekend. Keeping my fingers crossed!!!

  33. Nancy Livermon
    January 12, 2022 at 5:05 pm

    Hi Mary

    Last year I fell in love with your Winter Nesting Tree and now I have one in our bedroom bay window. I named ours “Winter is for the Birds Tree”! I had fun collecting birds all year long. Instead of icy branches and snow items, I used red berry and red berry with popcorn garland wrapped softly around the tree. The top of the 7ft. tree has long red berry picks tucked down in it. The white lights are so calming and magical. I think my birds enjoy nibbling on the berries and popcorn before they snuggle in their nests. 😊

    My favorite part of these Winter days is bedtime and snuggling under our covers, reading a book, and enjoying my fine feathered friends tree. Thank you so much for sharing your Winter Nesting Tree. You may very well have started a new tradition for everyone!

  34. Ricki Treleaven
    January 12, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    So much to love, Mary! The candy cones and cute little owl ornaments are my favorites. I think it’s a great idea to keep fairy lights up during the cold and dark winter months. And a beautiful lighted tree with adorable bird and snowflake ornaments is the *best* Lovely post, Mary! Thanks for brightening my day!

  35. January 13, 2022 at 11:19 am

    You ought to have some snow this weekend I would think. Enjoy from us in GA!

  36. Lisa B.
    January 13, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    I adore your tree.

  37. January 18, 2022 at 3:37 pm

    My favorite tree ever! Love your Winter Nesting Tree year after year and with each year when you think it cannot get any better…it does!

  38. Barbara Kelly
    January 19, 2022 at 3:43 pm

    I just love your tree! Its shaped so beautifully,do you remember where you bought it. Love the tree decorations. I’m working on my Valentine tree this weekend.

    • January 20, 2022 at 6:23 am

      Thank you Barbara! We purchased it online from Home Depot about 4 years ago. It’s a GE Just Cut Canadian 1-Plug tree. :)

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