It’s bird watching time!
Look what fun and easy things flea market gardeners are doing to celebrate birds. These projects can be made in a snap. Most are easy enough for children to do—a few are best with adult supervision. Of course, junk recycling is at the heart of all of these whimsical creations.
Fun weekend bird crafts –
a. vintage, galvanized, trashcan lid tied to a railing is sturdy and handsome bird feeder, photographed by Stephie McCarthy.
b. candy dish joined with a candlestick holder, photographed by Jacqui Rogers, holds water or seeds for birds (GE Silicon II is available from our store for projects like these). Embellish with a hanging wire and colorful beads.
c. You’re invited to a house painting party! With your favorite palette of paint colors in acrylic, and whimsical wood bird houses from a hobby shop, an instant collection and garden memories can be yours for a few hours with a paintbrush. When dry, varnish, antique, and mount as a group in your garden for visual impact—a great idea photographed by Sue Langley.
d. a fun birdhouse from a vintage a copper teakettle was made super-quick with tin snips, photographed by Jennifer MacNeill Traylor. Be sure to provide shade for metal bird houses so that they will stay cool in summer.
e. collect bright glass objects, marbles, and pebbles to decorate your water features, and you will be sure to attract new feathered friends—photographed by Sue Langley.
More easy bird-themed decorations –
a. Make a realistic bird nest ornament like this one designed by Stephie McCarthy: twine wet honeysuckle or grapevines into a nest shape, and tuck inside a bowl. Place 2nd, smaller bowl on top to hold twines in place until dry. Decorate with ferny leaves, herbs, dried flowers, and flea market trinkets.
b. Plant a birdcage with trailing plants, flowers, and moss—created and photographed by Jeanne Sammons.
c. Large Queen Anne’s lace flowers dried naturally into the shape of a bird’s nest can be used to line a nest ornament, photographed by Stephie McCarthy.
d. Mount or hang a colorful teakettle sideways. Provide the shade of leafy plants so that house doesn’t get hot in the sun. Notice that the spout points down to drain away rainwater, and the handle makes a great perch. This cute and super-fast birdhouse was created and photographed by Lark Leibundgut Kulikowski.
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GE II Silicone for Windows, Exterior in Clear, our favorite glue. Click link to buy from Amazon or find it at hardware stores.