DIY Garland for your Pet Chickens

Making a DIY garland for your pet chickens is a fun way to share the spirit of giving with your flock!  Here’s an easy, fun, and healthy way to show them you care… a festive holiday treat garland!  It's also a fun project to do with kids or family members.

Materials you will need:

  • Large embroidery needle
  • Cotton kitchen twine
  • Foods of your choice (see list below)


  • Gloves
  • Vegetable oil
  • Pliers
A bag of cranberries, Brussles sprouts, a ball of twine, and needles lay out on a granite kitchen counter.
Simple supplies are needed to make this garland project

You can use a variety of festive foods.  I like to stick with foods that are red and green.  Alternating the colors and patterns as you string them together will produce a beautiful garland.  Some food choices are:

  • Cranberries
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Strawberries
  • Red Grapes
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Green grapes
  • Peas
  • Green beans
  • Spinach leaves
  • Air popped pop corn

I like to use a large embroidery needle and cotton kitchen twine.  You could use a smaller diameter string but there’s a chance it could break and become a choking hazard.  You’ll want to ensure the garland is tied securely to your run fencing and provide close monitoring of your flock so that they cannot get tangled, break or ingest the string. Safety while snacking!

A section of twine lays in a pink bowl as olive oil is being poured on it.
Soaking the string in oil can help when stringing the vegetables on.

Depending on the foods used, sometimes coating the string with a bit of vegetable oil can ease the string through.  Use sparingly and be careful that you don’t slip with the needle! Work gloves can also come in handy to protect your hands against accidents, and a pair of pliers may help pull the needle through tougher foods such as brussels sprouts.

Assembly Directions for DIY Garland for your Pet Chickens :

  1. First, cut a desired length of the string.  I usually like to cut 10 foot sections…anything longer can sometimes become tangled if you’re not careful during the assembly process. You can make as many sections as you’d like to adorn your run.

2. Then, tie a knot on one end of the string and thread your needle.

Fresh cranberries are being pushed into a needle to be thread on the twine.
String your vegetable of choice through the needle and string

3. Begin stringing your selection of fruits and veggies, alternating between red and green in whatever pattern you’d like.  I chose 1 brussels sprout to 3 cranberries for my pattern.  While you don’t have to use a pattern, it does make your final product a thing of beauty.  Realistically the chickens don’t care and will gobble down your masterpiece in a matter of minutes!!

A garland made of Brussles sprouts and cranberries hangs on the side of a chicken coop
A beautiful string of garland made for a lucky chicken flock.

4. Finally, hang up your garland and watch your flock enjoy and gobble it down!

This Barred Rock enjoys the holiday garland with her flockmates.
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