I have this thing for feeding the birds...I can't help it and ever since we moved to the East Coast, I am so in love with all the birds that are new to me here--I just want to feed them all!! : )
We had some good bird feeders in Santa Fe, but they got left behind when we moved.
And the only new bird feeders I want to buy are the expensive ones because I know they will last, but I don't really want to shell out $40 for a bird feeder...
So what's a crafty girl to do?! I MADE ONE!! and its pretty good, too! Here's what I did...
Initially, I was thinking about wanting to make one out of wine bottle--I was preferring to glass to plastic for this....but since I don't really know how to cut glass, I thought: ok, that's a bad idea...so, then I thought about a plastic--but I didn't want a plastic water bottle or that narrow kind of shape.... I had an old Trader Joe's mayo container that I had saved (for I don't know what!!--I think just liked the shape of it) and so I thought: that's a good idea!...I was also thinking about the cute china plates my mother-in-law bought me for my cake stand at her local thrift store...see this post for that. And I thought one of those plates could make a nice base...and honestly--it couldn't be any easier to make.
|Supplies: wider plastic bottle + china plate from thrift store |
+ E-6000 glue (or Gorilla or anything heavy duty)
Bird seed, sharp scissors, wire, twine, something sharp & a CORK!
Cut three notches into the top of jar--
where the threads for the lid would be. I did a triangle shape.
|This is where the something sharp comes in handy and it's the only tricky part.|
You need to cut a hole in the bottom (which is now the top) of the container...
big enough to put a cork in...this is how you will refill the seed.
|Make sure the kids are FAR AWAY when making |
hole with sharp object...I used a dry wall saw.
As my daughter yelled to me from across the yard,
"Not the best idea, Mom..."
Maybe so, my dearie-doo, but it worked--
AND! no one got hurt...
|And there you go...it doesn't look half-bad either...MUCH BETTER than spending 40 bucks!|