Monday, August 26, 2013

DIY Summer Wreath Bird-Feeder

Earlier this year I conducted a class for the Master Gardener chapter that I'm a member of on making bird-feeders utilizing natural sources, recycled materials and re-purposed items. Of course the best bird-feeder is what nature provides: nuts, seeds and fruit from native trees, shrubs and wildflowers (and native insects)... Here's my hand-out for my "bird" talk I give:  Creating a Bird Garden

Blue Jay

In the class, I demonstrated a winter version of this feeder utilizing cuttings from shrubs and trees (cedar, holly, winterberry, chokecherry). Now that the sunflowers and wildflowers are going to seed, I thought that I would put together a summer feeder in the same fashion. 

For the complete DIY instructions, click here: DIY Winter Wreath Bird-Feeder


Supplies:
  • Grapevine wreath - $2.50 (Wal-Mart)
  • Splatter guard - $1.00 (Dollar Store)
  • Jute (minimal cost)
  • Cuttings from sunflowers, wildflowers, native grasses
How to:

Cut three pieces of jute about 50" in length. Divide the splatter guard into thirds. Make three small holes through the screen and connect the splatter guard to the wreath with the jute (the screen will hold birdseed in the finished feeder). I did end up spray painting the edge of the splatter guard brown because the shiny silver was annoyingly obvious. 

Bring the three strings up and tie into a loop. Braid the remaining string and tie another loop (which will hold the birdseed ♥).

Tuck cuttings from sunflowers and native wildflowers into the wreath. In addition to sunflower heads, I used Ashy Sunflowers, False Sunflowers, Coneflowers and Black-eyed Susans.


Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse ~ Carolina Chickadee
I also added a birdseed heart in the center of the feeder. - Here's the recipe: DIY Birdseed Wreaths
Add birdseed to the center of the feeder (on top of the splatter guard).

It seems to be a hit with my feathered visitors! ~ I'll have to come up with a fall version next. :)

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20 comments:

  1. That is really pretty Rebecca... But my squirrels are destructive...but I could find a place...maybe that they couldn't get to.... Michelle

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  2. Absolutely wonderful!!! It's not only attractive, but look what it attracts?!!!

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  3. Your feeder looks beautiful and works well by the looks of the birds that use it.

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  4. What a cute idea for a feeder, it is pretty too! The birds all seem to love it! Have a happy week ahead!

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  5. I REALLY love this feeder. In my yard, you can bet the squirrels will be visiting it too. I saw a squirrel perched in a rather tall sunflower stalk pulling whole flowers to carry away! Visiting via the Clever Chick for what it's worth

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  6. So pretty. What a great idea!

    Jocelyn @ http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

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  7. What a great project idea! Your little birds are just adorable.

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  8. very nice and I love the sunflower offerings very sweet, thanks for sharing

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  9. Hi from agrandmasblessings, I love your feeder. Found you on Out Door Wednesday.

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  10. Very pretty feeder, and great bird photos, too!
    Lea
    Lea's Menagerie

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  11. Very pretty,greeting from Belgium have a nice end summer

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  12. If you feed them, they will come! Nice idea and splendid pictures

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne!

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  13. Oh, I love it! And obviously the birds do, too. Thanks for sharing the instructions and the photos!

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  14. Oh wow- this is fantastic! I would LOVE to link to your feeder tutorials in the Daily DIY if you didn't mind.

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