DIY: Bee & Lady Bug Bird Feeder

DIY: Bee & Lady Bug Hanging Bird Feeder

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Lynell

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.Audoban Wild Bird Food 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!

Tools

  •     ScissorsLady Bug Feeder
  •    Wire cutter
  •     Painter’s tape
  •     Drill
  •     Pliers
  •     Utility Knife

Materials:

  •     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
  •     Sandpaper

Instructions:

  1. Remove the lids from the coffee can containers and take the paper off the cans.
  2. 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.
  3. Spray-paint the coffee cans & dowel black. Then set aside to dry.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 Bee Feederlike 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Fill bee & ladybug full of Audborn wild bird seed and enjoy watching the birds eat!

Lynell
Coborn’s, Inc. Graphic Designer

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Pepsi DIY Drink Holders

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Summer is finally here! With summer comes camping, picnicking and getting together with friends and family. We sit around, play games, visit, eat and drink. In comes the problem. Where do you set your Pepsi? So the crafter in me came up with a solution, the Pepsi DIY Drink Holder.

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Wrapped in patriotic duct tape for the 4th, holding my Pepsi (which is also Red, White and Blue, I can be so festive)! Feel free to buy a few different colors and patterns of duct tape and that way each person in your family knows which one is theirs.

I used Progresso soup cans since they are nice and wide. They can hold a 12 oz. can, 12 oz. bottle and even my 20 oz. bottles of Pepsi.

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They are pretty simple to make! Step by step instructions below.

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Pepsi DIY Drink Holders
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Ingredients
  • 4 Progresso Soup Cans
  • 4¼” Threaded 36” Steel Rods
  • 8 Nuts
  • 8 Washers
  • Colored Or Patterned Duct Tape
  • Gorilla Glue
  • Scissors
  • Drill
  • Ruler
  • Marker
  • Wrench
  • Socket Wrench
Instructions
  1. Clean 4 Progresso soup cans making sure all labels have been removed and cans have been washed.
  2. Using the ruler, find the center of your can and mark it with the marker on the bottom.
  3. Drill a hole through center using a ¼” drill bit.
  4. Decorate can using duct tape by layering 3 rows around the can.
  5. Make sure the top row of tape folds over the cut edge of the can to cover any rough edges.
  6. Attach one nut onto the threaded end of the steel rod.
  7. Apply Gorilla Glue to the flush side of a washer and place the non-glued side towards the threaded nut.
  8. Place can on rod making sure the glue side of the washer is on the bottom of the can.
  9. Apply glue to the flush side of another washer and place over the rod on the inside of the can making sure the glue side is towards the bottom inside of can.
  10. Thread on a second nut and tighten with a wrench and socket wrench.
  11. Repeat until all four cans are done.
  12. Let dry over night.
  13. Poke into the ground and place your nice cold Pepsi in your cool looking holder.

Please comment below and show me how your Pepsi DIY Drink Holders turned out! Have a great 4th!

Lynell
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Why canned produce is just as healthy as fresh!

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Ashley

February celebrates heart month! Heart Disease continues to be the number one killer among Americans. It is essential that you are doing all you can to either treat your heart disease or prevent yourself from ever being diagnosed with it. Diet is one of the biggest forms of control you have in prevention and treatment of this disease. Be sure to click here and check out my blog from last February so you can make some heart healthy additions to your diet and lifestyle practices. Don’t forget, I provide complimentary heart healthy grocery tours and would love to point out some great options for you and your families.

Now on to this year’s topic….

National Canned Foods Month

Make a healthier choice. Choose No Sugar Agged fruits. www.cobornsblog.comWho knew that it was National Canned Foods Month? Did you know such a holiday existed? I am sure glad it does; this gives me an opportunity to tell you all about how nutritious canned produce is for us! I bet some of you are shocked to hear that! I understand why some of them do get a bad rap, most of the time it is the sodium.  Yes, it is true that most canned items do have a lot of added sodium.  But did you know that Coborn’s offers no salt added canned produce items? And did you know that by draining your canned foods for 2-4 minutes, you can remove up to 36% of the sodium? When combined, draining and rinsing them lowers the sodium by 41% (Produce for Better Health). Now you may be saying that is the case with vegetables, but what about the sugar in canned fruits. Either you can buy the fruit that is in 100% juice or no sugar added or you can rinse them as well to remove any excess sugar.  But I’ll share this fact with you, too – canned fruit contributes to less than two percent of the added sugar in most American diets.  Top sources of added sugar in the diet come from soda, energy drinks and sport drinks, grain-based desserts, fruit drinks, dairy desserts, candy, ready to eat cereals, sugars and honey, tea and yeast breads.

Focus on the positives

Why canned produce can be just as healthy as fresh. www.cobornsblog.comI am very excited to share with you some information on this topic, because so many people focus on the negatives and forget that there are a lot of positives.  If it was recommended to consume only fresh produce items, due to cost, do you know how many fewer produce items people would probably buy? AND… did you know that canned and frozen items are picked at the peak of ripeness and their nutrients are preserved by either being frozen or canned? On the other hand, the nutrients in fresh produce continue to break down as they sit on the shelf.  Ultimately ALL forms matter, canned, frozen, fresh, dried, and 100% juice.  According to Produce for Better Health, this maximizes nutrition, minimizes waste, saves money, and assures that there is always a variety of fruits and vegetables available.  “Exclusively recommending one form of fruit or vegetable over another ignores the benefits of each form and limits consumer choice” (Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture).  “Ultimately, consumers believe they can actually achieve their fruit and vegetable consumption goals when they know that they can ‘count’ all forms toward their daily goal” (JADA).  These are all very important to note as “Americans are not eating even half of their recommended amount of fruits and vegetables” (Produce for Better Health).  Let’s focus on the real issue at hand; Americans are not eating enough fruits and vegetables!

“When primary shoppers were asked what factors made it most difficult for them to include more fruits and vegetables in meals and snacks, cost was among the highest concerns.  In fact, 44% said fruit was too expensive and 35% said vegetables were too expensive” (Produce for Better Health).

Processed VS. Fresh

Why canned produce can be just as healthy as fresh. www.cobornsblog.com“Fresh, frozen, dried, and canned fruits and vegetables contain similar amounts of fiber and minerals.  Cooking fruits or vegetables does not destroy fiber or minerals” (Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture) (USDA National Nutrient Database). Did you know that “most fat-soluble nutrients, including carotenoids, vitamin A, and vitamin E, are higher in processed fruits and vegetables?  This is true, in part, because the mild heat treatment in processed products allowed for greater bioavailability of lipid-soluble nutrients.  Processed fruits and vegetables may also contain greater nutritional value because some processing cultivars are more nutritious than fresh cultivars, as is the case with tomatoes” (Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture) (Produce for Better Health).

Convenience and Cost

Who likes food that is easy and convenient? UM, HELLO – ME! I am assuming the rest of you answered with a big “YES!” Well guess what, you are in luck! Canned and frozen produce is already pre-cut , you just have to warm it up or in the case of fruit, just eat it! And you will have less waste because you can always put it back in the freeze after you take out the portion you want.

“Getting the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables costs as little as $2-$2.50 per day!” (Produce for Better Health)

After reading this blog, you have no excuses not to get in your daily needs of fruits and vegetables J

Peace and Wellness,
Ashley
Coborn’s Registered Dietitian

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