After some failed attempts at making an upcycled bird feeder or two, I sat here thinking “Ok happy thoughts”, we can do this. This upcycled bird feeder was inspired by the brilliant idea that Karen at The Art of Doing Stuff invented. I loved them so much I wanted to make my own. It’s costs almost nothing and looks way more expensive than it really is.
How to make your own Upcycled Bird Feeder
I picked up a clear globe light cover at the Salvation Army for $1.99 to start.
Then by fluke I came across these Embroidery Hoops in a thrift store and I had an idea.
Took them apart and checked to see if the smaller embroidery hoop ring would fit.
So I made it fit.
Glued all the pieces back together with E6000 glue. This is my absolutely favorite glue for any heavy craft projects such as my DIY Hanging Planter.
Then glued the rings onto the glass globe.
TIP: If you do this, by all means measure the circumference of your glass globe and get the embroidery hoops in the size that matches the globe.
Let it dry overnight. Actually two days to be safe just because I hadn’t tested out the E6000 outdoors at this point.
Added twine. Filled with bird seed.
And the globe bird feeder is done!
My neighbor saw it and joked that he thought I was putting up a Pinata.
Suddenly a subconscious fear of someone using it as batting practice late at night on a bored summer night appeared in my head. So I moved it to another branch closer on my lawn.
Then Mr. Goldfinch took a hell of liking to it and has been in there every day since.
So Karen I humbly thank you for seriously the easiest and most cost effective “modern” looking bird feeder ever. I need to make more. If only to protest the Pinata comment.
UPDATE – DID IT LAST OUTDOORS?
It absolutely did last outdoors. Nothing fell. The adhesive stayed put during all kinds of weather. Bird feeders all eventually do get older and messy just due to the birds and natural elements. But it’s really a great project to do with your kids!