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Happy Friday! It seems like every weekend lately has been spent doing some sort of yard work. If you’ve been following along, then you’ve seen the projects we’ve been working on like our patio extension, raised garden bed, pallet air conditioner cover and lots of planting in general. My dream is to have a super lush and green yard full of trees and flowers. But, sadly we seem to be losing trees and plants left and right.
I’ve noticed that we have a large bird population around our home and I have one bird feeder that the birds have been going crazy over. We’ve had a ton of robins, finches, doves, blackbirds and red-winged blackbirds visiting our yard and even had a robin’s nest in one of our apricot trees.
Macie and I love watching the birds from our dining room window. Since I seem to be refilling the current feeder every couple of days, I decided to add another to the yard. I started to buy one last weekend and then thought, I bet I could make something more creative.
I found a cool idea that I wrote about last week, turning an old chandelier into a bird feeder with teacups. Brilliant! Especially since I happen to have an old chandelier and about a million teacups from Macie’s Alice in ONEderland birthday party. So basically FREE! Even better. If you don’t have these items, check out Facebook groups, the Facebook marketplace or Craigslist for an old light fixture and thrift stores for the teacups and saucers. I bought all of my tea sets for Macie’s party at various thrift stores and they were super cheap.
I started by pulling the light sockets and wires out of the chandelier using wire cutters. I went through my teacup and saucer sets to find some that were fairly evenly sized so it wouldn’t be off balance.
I wanted it to be a bright color that would stand out in the garden, so the next step was spray painting. I sprayed it with a white primer and after drying for about 24 hours, I sprayed it with a bright raspberry pink that I found in my garage. I have no idea why I have this color but I kinda like it. Please ignore my weeds in the background. 🙄
After drying for another 24 hours, I used industrial strength adhesive, just cuz that’s what we had, to attach the teacups and saucers, and here is the final result!
I had originally planned to hang it in a tree but quickly realized it was going to be hard to refill and invisible behind the leaves. I ended up purchasing a large shepherd hook to hang it. The only worry I had was that we get a crazy amount of wind where we live, like seriously we’re in a wind tunnel, so I was worried it might blow too much and break the teacups if they hit the pole. Our solution? Fishing line! It’s practically invisible and super strong if you use a heavy duty line. We wrapped some fishing line around the bottom and used a stake to secure it to the ground, so now that baby is solid!
This was such an easy project and aside from the bird seed and shepherd hook, it was totally free! I can’t wait to see the birds that stop by and I know Macie will love it too! Anyone else have a cool bird feeder or outdoor project to share? I’m always looking for new ideas!
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