Sunday, June 12, 2011

Feathered Friends & A Little Project

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!  I've been spending a lot of time out in the yard and have had a chance to do some bird watching.  They've been really active with the nice weather!  And there's a nest in one of our apple trees that is super cool.  Here are a few shots.

My husband actually saw mom feeding the little baby birds.  I was hoping to get a picture of that... but not yet.  Mama is protective!

I'm amazed I actually got this one!... This fella had a hay-day out on the front lawn!

Okay, so now for the project.  I had this old bird feeder and one of the plastic inserts broke in it. 

Nothin that a little spray paint and creativity won't fix!  I simply removed the plastic inserts (they slid right out of the top).  Then I busted out a mixture of brown and black spray paint.  I put a coat of brown on first and let it dry.  Then I used black over the top of that... but before it had a chance to dry I used an old cloth and rubbed some of it off.  Then I added a little extra distressing by lightly sanding off a few areas.

Once that was done, I took the old inserts and used them as a template to create the new ones.  I decided to put chicken wire in where the plastic used to be.  I simply used wire snippers and cut out the rectangles, then assembled them on the inside.  I put a candle in it and voila!

This was so simple!... and FREE!  Plus super fun and cute to use as an accent or centerpiece for an outdoor party.  Have a fabulous week!


  1. what beautiful photos,, what an honor to wittness this wonder of nature,, thanks for sharing these,,

  2. And very cute too. I love this idea. Thanks for sharing at my newbie party.

  3. Oh so clever! LOVE the pics of mama bird -- amazing --lovely!! Love the chicken wire -- great remake!

  4. Hope all is well...have not seen you in a while.

  5. That is so cute! I love the addition of the chicken wire. Perfectly rustic decor. I'd love it if you'd come by and share this on my party going on now at

  6. LOVE the lamp upgrade!! Very creative! Thanks for posting the mama bird too, SO sweet -love to see nature close up. :)