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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Cheryl

Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is an ancient grain that originated in the Andean region of South America, mainly Peru and Bolivia. Although it is a grain crop, quinoa is grown primarily for its edible seeds. Because it is high in protein and gluten free it makes a great substitute for side dishes made with pasta and rice. On the store shelves you can find pasta, chips and even veggie burgers made from this incredible seed.

A nutrition powerhouse–one cup of this nutty tasting, creamy-yet crunchy-versatile grain is very low in sodium and cholesterol. It packs 24 grams of protein in a one cup serving and is a good source of magnesium, phosphorus and an especially good source of manganese (173% DV) which helps to fight free-radicals and helps to prevent high blood pressure.

In 1955 researcher Philip White pronounced, “While no single food can supply all the essential life sustaining nutrients, quinoa comes as close as any in the plant or animal kingdom.” Even with such a great proclamation quinoa is just now starting to gain some popularity as a good for you, good tasting food, and even then mostly in the Natural/Organic section of the grocery store.

I put together and tested out a couple of recipes on some family, friends and co-workers. The response was a big ‘umm-umm good!’ I adapted recipes I’ve used rice or pasta in in the past on the first two and swapped out some of the oatmeal for quinoa on the last.

Give these recipes a try and wow your family too…not just with a great tasting dish but with your new found knowledge and ability to pronounce the oddly spelled featured ingredient…Quinoa (remember—keen-wah!)

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Southwestern Quinoa Salad/Dip

Southwestern Quinoa Salad/Dip
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Quinoa
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1 Pint Grape or Cherry Tomatoes, quartered
  • 4 Green Onions sliced
  • To Taste Cilantro, finely chopped
  • 15 Oz. Can Black Ceans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 Limes, juiced
  • ¼ Cup Olive Oil
  • ¾ tsp. Ground Hot Pepper Blend or Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 ½ tsp. Ground Cumin
  • ¾ tsp. Sea Salt
  • ¼ tsp. Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • To Taste Sea Salt and Fresh Ground Black Pepper
Instructions
  1. Bring quinoa and water to boil in a small saucepan.
  2. Reduce heat to low and cover.
  3. Simmer for 15- 18 minutes or until quinoa is softened and all water has been absorbed.
  4. Combine quinoa, tomatoes, onions and black beans in a 2 quart bowl
  5. In a small bowl or blender bottle mix well the peppers, cumin, salt, black pepper into lime juice and olive oil.
  6. Pour over quinoa mixture, gently stir to coat well.
  7. Serve immediately or refrigerate to serve chilled later.
  8. Sprinkle with sea salt and fresh ground pepper.
Notes
Also makes a good dip for sturdy chips. I used lentil chips. Umm-umm good!

 

Cheesy Broccoli with Quinoa

Cheesy Broccoli with Quinoa
 
Ingredients
  • 2 Cups Fresh or Frozen Broccoli, coarsely chopped
  • 1 ½ Cups Vegetable or Chicken Broth
  • 1 Cup Quinoa
  • 1 Cup Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • To Taste Sea Salt and Fresh Ground Black Pepper
Instructions
  1. Combine broccoli, broth and quinoa in a medium size saucepan; bring to a rolling boil.
  2. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until the quinoa has been softened and all the liquid has been absorbed.
  3. Gently stir in cheese, season with sea salt and fresh ground pepper and serve.
Notes
Great side dish with any kind of meat, especially fish!

 

Apple Crisp with Quinoa

Apple Crisp with Quinoa
 
Ingredients
  • 4-6 Medium Size Tart Apples, sliced
  • ¾ Cup Brown Sugar, packed
  • ½ Cup Flour
  • ⅓ Cup Thick Rolled Oats
  • ⅓ Cup Quinoa
  • ⅓ Cup Butter, softened
  • ¾ tsp. Cinnamon
  • ¾ tsp. Nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 375º.
  2. Spread out apples in a greased 8x8x2 square pan.
  3. Mix the rest of ingredients and sprinkle over apples.
  4. Bake until golden brown & apples are softened, about 25-35 minutes.
Notes
Best served warm with vanilla ice cream!

I hope you enjoy these tasty Quinoa recipes!

Cheryl
Coborn’s Natural Foods Manager, Clearwater, MN

 

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