Simple Bird Feeder DIY
I am a crazy cat lady which, in turn, has made me a crazy bird lady. Maybe I should clear that up 🙂 Since I have indoor kitties I like to put bird feeders and houses and baths all around the yard so that the cats have a little bit of entertainment. I figure the windows are the closest thing they have to a television and it’s quite apparent that bird watching is just about as interesting to them as Stranger Things was to me. (Have you SEEN it? I’m such a scaredy cat but I LOVED IT!)
I miss my old cats, which are now my parents’ cats because they watched them or me and got attached and I hate to break up that kind of relationship. So to make these kitties happy I wanted to make a few enticing things to bring birds into the yard to keep these kitties that I still love so much entertained. And when I stumbled on these premade little pallet boxes at Walmart I knew I could knock a few out quicksmart! Now if I only remembered to buy some birdseed 🙂
For this project you will need:
- Premade crate box (available at Walmart or craft stores)
- Sisal rope
- Staple gun
The initial plan had been to make my own little box with a lip around the edges using reclaimed wood BUT when I happened on these boxes I was sold. This size was about $5. Should you have the time and inclination to make your own you can make them TONS cheaper but this is quick and easy and I was so down for that given the week my parents and I had (one word, hospital – wait, let’s add another – yuck).
To make my box a little bit different and add some color I painted the inside with Waverly chalk paint (also at Walmart). I painted the inside a pretty coral color and then added an accent of yellow and coral to the bottom, outer edge.
When choosing a box I went with the one with a whitewashed and aged look but they had 2 other options to choose from if the worn white isn’t your bag.
After the paint dries cut 2 lengths of sisal rope, approximately 1.5 – 2 feet long. Tie a knot in the center of the two pieces.
Using a staple gun attach the rope to the four corners. Start with one piece and sort of eyeball the length of the rope to try and keep the lengths consistent, keeping the knot in the center of the whole thing.
Here she is! Now I didn’t have any birdseed and I didn’t want to put suet in it (since it’s greasy and I worried it would mold in my box) I grabbed a handful of deer corn which, not surprisingly brought the deer around 🙂
And since we only had a bucket of corn left I wound up feeding the 14 deer, including 3 babies, instead of keeping it in my feeder for pics 🙂 What can I say? I’m a sucker not just for cats but any creatures with 4 legs. And if you’re wondering, I don’t have a fancy zoom lens, these guys just trust me a little bit 🙂
So for today, the birds will be hungry but I’ll see head to town for a bag of seed to keep the fed and happy. And while they flit around their new place to grub I know there are 3 cats that will be perched in their windows keeping an eye on the action!