Frequently Asked Questions
Where are tree earrings made?
In the beautiful Akatarawa Valley, north of Wellington ,New Zealand.
How are tree earrings made?
Sisterhouse is proudly artisan, all the tree earrings are individually handmade.
How did the idea for Sisterhouse tree earrings start?
With a twist of chicken wire in the garden one day and the thought it could be perfect as a bird feeder.
How do I hang a tree earring?
Find a small branch on a tree or shrub and hang it from the loop or wrap it around loosely using the hanging wire. Or hang by the loop from a hook on a balcony , veranda or pergola etc.
How high should I hang my tree earring?
Landcare advises around 1.7m high if there are cats around. Otherwise, hang your feeder at a height you can readily reach, to put the food in and to clean out regularly. Most importantly, at a height you can enjoy watching the birds.
What materials are used to make tree earrings?
We like to up cycle unwanted objects like discarded muffin trays and gem tins. Natural shell, grown gourds, wood and bamboo are all part of the mix to make beautiful bird feeders as well as common materials like hex netting and sheet metal.
How are the netting tree earring bird feeders protected for the outdoors?
The tree earrings are made from galvanised metal and wire then given a baked on powder coat for colour, durability and rust resistance just like exterior aluminium joinery.
What is powder coating?
It’s an eco friendly, durable, dry colour coating containing no VOC’s and is applied to
exterior metals for protection and long life . You can find out more by going to
What can I feed the birds in my garden?
Landcareresearch.co.nz is a great resource for what to feed both native and introduced birds in New Zealand. This includes fruit, sugar water, vegetable, beef and mutton fat, especially in the winter. Also cereals, softened raisins and sultanas and wild bird seed mixes.
Do I need to clean my tree earring?
Yes, regularly cleaning out your tree earring will prevent bacteria building up and protect the birds from harm.
How long will it take for me to receive my Tree Earring?
Generally the designs and colours are in stock and can be shipped within 4 days. Very infrequently your tree earring has to be made for you and may take a little longer. We’ll send an email if this needs to happens.
Can the tree earring be sent as a gift ?
Yes, just tell us the postal address of the recipient anywhere in New Zealand and we will send it . We’ll email you the order information.
Do you ship overseas?
Yes, email us with the address and the tree earring you want to send we’ll find the best shipping price and get back to you .
Where are your shops?
You can easily buy your tree earring on line here. For a list of stockists and up coming fairs and markets , please contact us on [email protected]