Monday, February 24, 2014


Here is a simple craft project you can do with the kids! It recycles waste material and feeds the birds in your yard. Take 2 single frozen entree dishes and 2 4" lengths of 1/2" dowel, drill a pilot hole in the center of both ends of dowels. Drill the same pilot hole in the lifting tabs on the 2 dishes. Attach the dowels to the bottom dish with #8 x 3/4" long, round head screws. Then attach the top dish with coffee cup hooks. Hang your new feeder using a pieces of heavy string. The best way to hang it is to tie a loop in the center of the string and then tie each end to the cup hooks, this helps keeps feeder hanging straight. To make a larger feeder use family size entree dishes and use 2 dowels and 2 hooks on each end of the dish for stability. You can also use 4 dowels and 4 hooks on the small dishes for more stability. If you have entree dishes without lifting tabs you can use 4 dowels and place one in each corner and attach to the top and bottom dish.
Materials :
2 single frozen entrée dishes
Empty and cleaned.
2. ½” dowels 4” long
2 # 8 x 3/4 “ round head screws.
2 cup screws. Open end type.
String for hanging, your choice.

This one is basically the same using 2 round dishes from Betty Crocker Swirl Cake Mix. Take 1 piece of 1" dowel cut 6 " long, 1 plastic bottle cap 1.5" diameter, 1 cup hook and 1 #8 x 1" round head screw. Drill a hole in the bottom dish and bottle cap and attach to one end of 1" dowel with
#8 screw. Drill hole in top dish and attach to other end of dowel with cup hook.

My 3rd recycled feeder is a little more involved but still quit easy to make. The material list consist of 2 old throwing saucers(Frisbies), 1 empty 1 quart size mayonaise jar, 1 short piece of 1" dowel 1/2" long, 1 coffe mug hook, and 1 round head screw #8 x 1". Tools needed are a hot glue gun, a compass, cordless drill, and an exacto knife.
Start by drawing a 3" circle in the center of the saucer you choose for the top. Cut out the 3" circle and remove the piece. Next drill a 1/16" pilot hole in the center of the bottom of the sauce and the mayo jar, also drill the same pilot hole in the center of the dowel and the jar cover. Cut 4 hole 3/4" diameter in the side of the jar at the very bottom as shown in attached drawing that also shows how the pieces are assembled

With the #8 screw attach the bottom saucer to the bottom of the mayo jar and apply a bead of hot glue completely around the joint of the jar and saucer. Set the top saucer over the top of the mayo jar and hot glue the 2 together as shown in the drawing. Screw the coffee mug hook through the top of the jar cover and into the center of the dowel and tighten. fill the jar with bird seed, screw the jar cover on the mayo jar, hang the feeder and watch the birds.