This month’s Lowe’s Creative Ideas blogger challenge was all about the birds! And, with spring most definitely here, it was a fitting challenge. As always, the toughest part was just figuring out what to do. We decided that we liked the idea of a bird feeder better than a bird house–and we wanted something small enough that hopefully pigeons wouldn’t think they were invited to the party (we had a pigeon issue when we first moved into this house and while I like cute little birds, I loathe
rats with wings pigeons)! So, here’s what we came up with:
Here’s the bird challenge supplies we picked up at Lowe’s:
– 3 small paint cans, a 3/16″ wooden dowel, finch food, a Hummingbird feeder & Hummingbird food! Now, of course, the hummingbird stuff wasn’t part of our DIY project. But, since we were thinking of our little feathered friends, we had to get something for our beautiful desert hummingbirds–like this guy:Hopefully they’ll come around even more often now that we have a new feeder!
Ok, now back to our project….
We started by cutting part of the dowel into 4 inch pieces (one for each paint can). Then Big Brother & I got to work on sprucing up the paint cans. Because I already had it, we just used paints from the Martha Stewart line.
I set out a bunch of colors and took a huge risk in letting Big Brother pick out which ones to use! But, I was very please with his choices–red, blue, and green. Together, we painted the three cans and I painted the dowel pieces brown.
Once those had a good while to dry, I put a little bead of hot glue on the inside grove of the top of each paint can (where the lid would snap into) and I stuck a dowel piece in. Then, we needed something to hang them. Originally, we had just planned to use twine. But, a quick look through my bin of ribbons revealed some of just the right colors! I thought those would be more fun for a pop of extra color. We tied those on and I put a couple of dabs of hot glue under the ribbon to help secure it. Then, we went out by the garden, tied them to one of our mulberry trees, and filled them with finch food!
The project was quick & easy, but provides such a cute look out by our garden. And, here’s the best part…our fine feathered friends have already taken notice! Here’s what we saw when we came downstairs this morning:
Disclosure: I am a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Creators & Influencers Network and received Lowe’s gift cards to complete my projects. All photos, opinions, and experiences are my own.