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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Weekly Ad Recipe – Grilled Lemon and Herb Salmon

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If you haven’t had a chance to try our new Norwegian Salmon you just have to. I am a salmon lover but this species of salmon puts all others over the top. This is such an easy recipe and the flavor of the salmon, rice and lemon are wonderful. With the aluminum foil packs this is a great recipe if you are camping and enjoying the great outdoors. Enjoy….I did!

– Jayne
Coborn’s, Inc. Meat and Seafood Merchandiser

Grilled Lemon and Herb Salmon
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 2 Cups Instant Rice, uncooked
  • 1¾ Cup Chicken Broth
  • 1 Cup Carrots, matchstick cut
  • 4-6 Oz. Salmon Fillets
  • 1 tsp. Lemon Pepper Seasoning Salt
  • ⅛ tsp. Salt
  • ⅓ Cup Fresh Chives, chopped
  • 1 Medium Lemon, cut lengthwise in half, then cut crosswise into ¼" slices
Instructions
  1. Heat coals or gas grill for direct heat.
  2. Spray four 18" x 12" sheets of heavy-duty aluminum foil with cooking spray.
  3. Mix rice and broth in medium bowl.
  4. Let stand about 5 minutes or until most of broth is absorbed.
  5. Stir in carrots.
  6. Place salmon fillet on center of each foil piece.
  7. Sprinkle with lemon pepper seasoning salt and salt; top with chives.
  8. Arrange lemon slices over salmon.
  9. Spoon rice mixture around each fillet.
  10. Fold foil over salmon and rice so edges meet.
  11. Seal edges, making tight ½" fold; fold again.
  12. Allow space on sides for circulation and expansion.
  13. Cover and grill packets 4 to 6 inches from low heat 11 to 14 minutes or until salmon reaches an internal temperature of 145°F.
  14. Place packets on plates.
  15. Cut large X across top of each packet; fold back foil.
Notes
Suggested Wine Pairing: Edna Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir

 

Jayne's Garden Party – Including 4 delicious recipes!

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Jayne

Are you as sick of the rain as much as I am?  I thought I would never say that after the drought we had a few years ago, but enough is enough. Summer is the time I look forward to celebrating outdoors. I love working in my flower garden but between the rain and those nasty mosquitoes I haven’t had the chance to enjoy them as much as I normally would. So I thought the next best thing I could do is throw a garden party with some of my friends on the back patio and show off some of those beautiful flowers. So I sat down one morning and planned out my menu.

Bloody Mary Shrimp Cocktail Salad

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I wanted to start off with a salad that would WOW my friends and I had gotten this recipe from my mom a few years back and fell in love with it. Number one reason why?? Anyone that loves Bloody Marys will love this recipe. It has no alcohol in it but it has all the flavors of a great Bloody Mary and the taste of fresh Grape Tomatoes makes this recipe outstanding.

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Bloody Mary Shrimp Cocktail Salad
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 2 Cups Red and/or Yellow Grape Tomatoes, halved
  • ½ Cup Celery, diagonally sliced
  • ¼ Cup Scallion, thinly sliced
  • ½ tsp. Celery Salt
  • 1 Lemon
  • ¼ Cup Chili Sauce
  • 2 tsp. Prepared Horseradish, drained
  • ⅛ tsp. Pepper
  • ½ Lb. Cooked Shrimp, peeled and deveined
Instructions
  1. In large bowl, toss tomatoes with celery, scallion and celery salt; let stand for 10 minutes, stirring once.
  2. In separate bowl, grate 1 tsp. zest of lemon and squeeze 1-T. juice from lemon; stir in chili sauce, horseradish and pepper, then stir into tomato mixture.
  3. Refrigerate 30 minutes.
  4. Divide tomato mixture among 4 glasses or dishes and top with shrimp.
  5. If desired, garnish with lemon and celery leaves.

Pink Lemonade Cocktail

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Next I wanted something to drink that would scream “refreshing” for a hot summer day and I found the solution. This recipe is perfect for your next garden party, hot summer night or a picnic by the lake.

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Pink Lemonade Cocktail
Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • 12 Oz. Container Frozen Pink Lemonade Concentrate
  • 2½ Cups Cold Water
  • 1½ Cups Lemon-Citrus Rum
  • ¼ Cup Triple Sec
  • 2 Cups Ice Cubes
  • 4 Lemon Slices
  • 12 Oz. Can Lemon Lime Soft Drink (Sprite)
Instructions
  1. In a 2-quart pitcher, stir together frozen pink lemonade concentrate, water, rum and triple sec until blended.
  2. Add ice cubes and lemon slices.
  3. Top with lemon-lime soft drink; stir lightly.
  4. Serve immediately in ice-filled glasses.
  5. If desired, garnish with lemon slices.
Notes
This drink can be made without alcohol just by making the lemonade like it says on the package and just adding some lemon-lime soda to it.

 

Italian Roast Beef & Turkey Sandwich

Italian Roast Beef & Turkey Sandwich Receipe and other great recipes for your next Garden Party - www.cobornsblog.comNow for the main entrée and I wanted something simple so I decided to serve this sandwich.  I think this was not only a hit for the party but it was also a hit in the kitchen for me because it was so easy and quick to make.

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Italian Roast Beef & Turkey Sandwich
Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
  • ½ Cup Mayonnaise
  • ¼ Cup Chipotle Flavored Mayonnaise
  • ¼ Cup Fresh Cilantro, chopped
  • 1 Loaf Crusty Italian Bread, halved lengthwise
  • 6 Leaves Romaine Lettuce, torn
  • 4 Oz. Deli-Sliced Roast Beef
  • 4 Oz. Deli-Sliced Turkey Breast
  • 3-4 Slices Deli-Sliced Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 Tomato, sliced
  • ¼ Cup Sliced Banana Peppers, drained (optional)
  • Large Pimento-Stuffed Spanish olives
Instructions
  1. In small bowl, mix mayonnaise, Chipotle flavored mayonnaise and chopped cilantro.
  2. Spread mixture over cut sides of bread.
  3. Arrange half of lettuce on bottom half of bread.
  4. Top with roast beef, turkey, cheese, tomatoes, banana peppers and remaining lettuce.
  5. Cover with bread top.
  6. If desired, before serving garnish with olives threaded onto toothpicks

 

Strawberry Salsa

Strawberry Salsa Receipe and other great recipes for your next Garden Party - www.cobornsblog.comNow it’s time for dessert and I was looking for something light and since we are in the heart of berry season I thought I would come up with something where I could use those fresh wonderful strawberries that make my mouth water every time I see them in the grocery store. Well sure enough I found the perfect recipe.  Wait until you try this recipe with the chocolate covered graham crackers. Ooooo la la! They were fantastic.

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Strawberry Salsa
Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
  • 2 Cups Strawberries hulled and chopped
  • 1 Cup Fresh Pineapple, peeled, cored, chopped
  • 1 T. Fresh Mint, chopped
  • ¾ tsp. Grated Lemon Zest
  • ½ tsp. Sugar
Instructions
  1. Combine strawberries, pineapple, mint, lemon zest and sugar and mix together.
  2. If desired you can garnish with fresh mint leaves.
  3. Serve with ginger snap cookies or chocolate covered graham cracker cookies.

Now for putting the finishing touches together by creating a table setting that your friends will love.  You don’t have to spend a ton of money on decorations for your party just look around your home and it’s amazing what you can find for ideas. Here are a few that I want to share with you.

  • Bring out pillows to create a relaxed atmosphere on your chairs.
  • Hang pretty paper lanterns in the trees or from the porch railing.
  • Make sure to add candles or fill small lanterns with tea lights surrounded by petals.
  • Mix and match linens and dishes, in pale, pretty colors. Try white and pink together or baby blue and peach or yellow.
  • Top your table with a vase of cut blooms, herbs or greenery.  Have an extra watering can and fill them with flowers and put near your entryway of the patio.
  • I also added a little country touch to my garden party and since I do canning towards the fall I had empty jars to serve the lemonade in. I just love the look of the old fashioned striped paper straws and believe it or not I found them at our local craft store under $2.00. They just add that extra special touch.

Now I had pretty much everything planned except the weather and as we all know that is the one thing you can’t do in the great state of Minnesota. Well wouldn’t you know a half hour before my garden party was to start it rained and I was defiantly not a happy camper.  Fortunately I did not have my table set so I was ok. Within 10 minutes the sun was out and everything turned out perfect. My neighbor Donna, my son’s girlfriend MacKenzie and Holly my co-worker and fellow blogger joined me for a perfect afternoon luncheon. Hopefully this gives you some simple easy ideas for you to create your own garden party or any fun occasion.  Enjoy…we did!

Garden Party Giveaway!

WIN ME! Pin, Share and/or Tweet this blog for your chance at winning this Begerage Dispenser! One Winner chosen on July 31, 2014. #JaynesGardenPartyWell it’s been a while since I have given something away on my blog so I believe it is time again!
I’m giving away this 2-Tier Stackable Ice Cube Glass Beverage Dispenser! It will be PERFECT for your next Garden Party!

This Giveaway has now ended. Thank you to everyone who participated and congratulations to Eva H. who shops at our Albertville Coborn’s, she WON the beverage dispenser.

 

 

– Jayne
Coborn’s Meat and Seafood Merchandier

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