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Clip-On Bird Ornaments for Christmas Decor

Updated on December 31, 2021
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Writing Nag is a pseudonym of blogger Patricia Biro. She writes about home and garden, finance, creative writing, and vintage collectibles.

Vintage looking bird ornaments

Clip-on bird ornaments have been popular since the very first Christmas trees. And the first Christmas trees were in Germany.

You can find many examples of bird ornaments used as holiday display all across the world. Just look at how many birds are mentioned in the 12 Days of Christmas carol!

A favorite ornament in our family was a "Made in Japan" red glittered and flocked cardinal type bird with highly embellished gold and silver decorated tail feathers. The festive bird feathers twinkled in the soft light of the tree.

The bird could perch anywhere as a clip was attached to his feet. He added a lot of elegance to our vintage decorated Christmas display.

While I recently replaced the red bird (many can be found online); there are several ornament companies today that produce a similar Christmas decoration.

Bird ornaments can decorate a vintage feather tree (as seen in the picture above) or an evergreen tree.

A woodland nature theme pairs well with other natural elements including pine cones, bird nest ornaments, and rustic raffia decoration. Or just use clip-on birds for your favorite craft project!

You can tuck these decorations into a wreath (look for miniature songbird ornaments with clips on their feet), on a twig tree, hang them in a window on sturdy invisible lines, add to your holiday table display, or a fireplace mantel. Consider different varieties of birds with various colors or choose one color with a flock of different birds.

There are sets of glittered silver bird ornaments that sit on different types of nuts, sparkling gold glitter bird clip ornaments, and natural-looking birds including Feathered Black-Capped Chickadee, Feathered Blue, and Red Robin, American Goldfinch, Blue Jays, Red Cardinals, Winter White, and Black Bird, peacocks, hummingbirds and many more.

On the twelfth day of Christmas,

My true love sent to me

Twelve drummers drumming,

Eleven pipers piping,

Ten lords a-leaping,

Nine ladies dancing,

Eight maids a-milking,

Seven swans a-swimming,

Six geese a-laying,

Five golden rings,

Four calling birds,

Three French hens,

Two turtle doves,

And a partridge in a pear tree!


Songbirds and More!

Songbirds, cardinals, chickadee, owls, peacocks, doves, hummingbirds and more... the varieties-and styles welcome the holiday season, your family and guests with their cheery colors and feathers. Inspired by nature these birds sing!


Styles vary from simple felt, embroidered pieces to intricate glass baubles decorated with gems, beads, and glitter. There are fanciful feathered birds with surreal colors and decorations. And there are natural looking feathered birds that will please any wild bird collector. You can also find nest ornaments and egg ornaments to complement your display.

The Beauty of Birds Hallmark series has been a favorite with collectors for many years.

Read the description carefully if you are buying clip on ornaments online, some are clearly marked wire tie ons.

How to Display

Consider adding to a vase, along with your dried or fresh seasonal table arrangement or for a unique woodland themed garland. Clip or tie small birds onto a holiday package or include with a hostess gift.

Display in a wreath or on the tree, tuck into fragrant fresh pine boughs on the mantle or on a Yule log or expand on your holiday mountain cabin theme by clipping natural looking birds with nest ornaments interspersed between the branches.

Symbolism of birds

If you are a collector of vintage ephemera, you have seen many instances of birds on Christmas cards, trade cards, vintage linens and Christmas postage stamps.

Indeed birds have been tied with the holidays since the 18th century. It is common knowledge, that birds are a universal symbol of joy, goodwill and happiness. White doves, specifically, are believed to be messengers of peace. Birds can represent beauty, family and love and the promise of spring and good things in the future. Which is especially comforting in the middle of a long, cold winter.Because of this, many people believe that every Christmas tree should, in the very least, include one bird.

Woodland Tree

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2015 Patricia Biro


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