I have been a nature lover for as long as I can remember. Every morning while I enjoy my cup of tea I watch the birds from my window. Over the years it has become one of my favorite daily pastimes. In addition to appreciating nature, I also enjoy making new DIY crafts that I can share with my friends and family members. This past weekend I took advantage of the weather and made this great DIY Bird Feeder craft, and it has made my morning bird watching an even more enjoyable routine. My birds already love my yard because I use Audubon Wild Bird Food- I swear the birds love this feed the best, and this creative craft compliments Audubon’s 100% Natural Wild Bird Food perfectly.
The best part of this craft is that it is constructed using upcycled coffee cans. Re-purposing the coffee cans that would otherwise be thrown away is a great way to personalize my recycling routine and use my creative abilities!
Throughout the directions and materials list keep in mind what kind of insect you will be making. If you have an idea for a different bug or creature feel free to get creative, purchase different colors of spray paint, and construct that idea too! This craft is especially great for kids to craft with you because they will love to help you refill the feeders with bird seed and then watch the birds alongside you. Great bonding time with the kids or grandkids!
I hope you enjoy creating DIY craft as much as I have enjoyed writing about it. Now pick up your materials, some Audubon Wild Bird Food and have a happy time bird watching!
- 1 3/8” Oak Dowel
- 1 Fiberglass Screen
- 1 16-Gauge Soft Wire
- Old Wire
- 2 Coffee Cans
- 1 Black Spray Paint
- 1 Yellow Spray Paint
- 1 Red Spray Paint
- 1 E6000 Glue
- Remove the lids from the coffee can containers and take the paper off the cans.
- Drill one small hole in the bottom of each can towards the edge of the rim. Eventually, you will insert the hanging wire needed to hang the feeders into these holes. Drill 2 holes in the side of each can for the wings.
- Spray-paint the coffee cans & dowel black. Then set aside to dry.
- Cut four pieces of wire and twist them to form circles — these will serve as the wings of your insect. Next, cut four pieces of screen to the same size as the wire circles. Run the wire thru the screen towards the edges similar to the picture, twist the wire end, leave a tail or portion of the wire at the end.
- For the bee can, apply painter’s tape where you would like to see black stripes. Likewise, apply circles of tape to the ladybug can where you would like to place the black spots. Then, apply yellow spray paint to the bee can and red spray paint to the ladybug can. When the paint has dried, remove the painter’s tape. Use sandpaper to rough up the cans for the older/rustic look.
- Run old wire through the can and bottom hole you made earlier and back around, twist the wire. Then use this wire to hang up in tree. Next, put wings in holes & twist together. Add a small amount of glue on the outside by the holes to seal.
- Cut the plastic lids in half. Cut a small hole on bottom of lid to run the dowel through. Glue dowel in can then glue lid to can.
- Fill bee & ladybug full of Audborn wild bird seed and enjoy watching the birds eat!
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