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Upcycling ideas: Bird feeder

Cool upcycling ideas to recycle common household items

Most of my upcycling ideas start because I need something, or because I want to make something.

I had recently noticed a few birds flying around one of the trees in my front yard, which gave me an idea to upcycle a few things. And so I headed to my kitchen to see what I could use to craft a bird feeder.

This bird feeder is super easy to make, it is kid friendly, and you don’t need any tools! It’s also really nice that you can reuse some things that would have probably ended up either in the landfill or in the recycling plant. Upcycling those items gives you a better option instead!

upcycling ideas, diy bird feeder
upcycling ideas, diy bird feeder

Materials: upcycling fun!

This is what you need if you want to make your own bird feeder (it’s so simple!).

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  • The first item that you will be upcycling is a clean, empty glass jar (mine was full of yummy grape jelly)
  • The second thing that you could upcycle is a wooden spoon (or something straight to attach to the jar for the birds to use as a perch)
  • Twine
  • Scotch tape (not pictured)
  • Bird food (not pictured)

Instructions

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1. First, attach the wooden spoon to the jar using scotch tape. Doing this will help hold the spoon in place while you work on your bird feeder. This makes things much easier! Also, if your spoon has an indentation, then you should make sure it is facing upwards. That way you can place some bird food to start attracting birds intitally.

2. Then, attach a small string of twine to the opposite side of the jar also using scotch tape. You only need about 10 inches or so. And don’t worry about using duct tape or anything sturdier because you’ll be securing both the spoon and the string with more twine.

3. Next, wrap twine or rope around the jar. You should make sure to cover the handle of the spoon as well as the ends of the string of twine.

And you are all done! Now you can hand it from a tree or your porch. But wherever you put it, make sure it’s in the shade, birds tend to prefer it that way.

Fill if with bird food and enjoy your newly upcycled bird feeder that cost near to nothing 🙂

Leave a comment, let me know where you get your upcycling ideas. Have fun and craft away!

upcycling ideas, diy bird feeder
upcycling ideas, diy bird feeder

Check out my other bird feeder.

I also made it using things from my kitchen!



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DIY crafts that look like art: Starburst

DIY crafts don’t need to look homemade

“Starburst” is one of those diy crafts that is easy to make, quick, kid-friendly, super affordable, and yet expensive-looking.

If you want to learn how to make your own starburst installation, keep reading.

Materials

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  • Polystyrene balls (make sure they are solid because the porous ones won’t hold the skewers).
  • Bamboo skewers (found in the kitchen section of the grocery store, I used 25 per ball)
  • Clear thumbtacks
  • Fishline
  • Gold spray paint
  • Plastic rhinestones
  • Superglue



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Instructions: diy crafts made easy!

1. Stick the 25 bamboo skewers to the polystyrene ball (you can use more or less skewers to your taste). Make sure they are placed deep, otherwise, they will fall. You can use glue to make sure they will stay in place, but you don’t have to.

2. Spray your stars with the gold spray paint (or whichever color you want). You could do an ombré star by spraying the ball with a darker color, and then using a couple of paler shades of the same color spraying from the center of the star towards the tips of the stars. There are no limits to your creativity when you are doing diy crafts! That is one the great things about diy crafts: you can personalize your home decor to your taste.

3. Glue a clear plastic rhinestone to the end of each stick.

4. Make as many stars as you want to, you will need one ball and at least 25 skewers per ball (you can use more to achieve a different look, but I wouldn’t use less than 25, you starts would look a little naked). Once you are done, decide how you are going to arrange them and where.

5. Cut strings of fishline and hang your stars from the ceiling (or the wall). I used clear thumbtacks because I can remove them easily when I move out. If you place them near a window, the sun will catch on the rhinestones and your stars will actually sparkle!

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