I don't usually like to brag, but in this case I will just a little.
To be honest, last week, I wasn't all that confident that I would be able to complete this project. Well, I figured that I would complete it but maybe not be that happy with the final result. But as it turns out I am quite pleased with my little bird feeder but we will have to give the birds the final say.
I haven't been crafting much lately and I was down for the count for a couple of days. When I finally crawled out of bed it seemed that everything was out of control yard work, housework, Work work anyway I am beginning to feel like things are getting back to normal and and I am currently half way through with my upcycled bird feeder project.
I am making it out of this :-)
So, with high hopes that I will be able to make a pretty little bird feeder out of a small collection of trash, here are the steps so far.
I have to apologize in advance for my photos. It is very hard to photograph clear plastic. Hopefully they are good enough for you to be able to tell what is going on.
Material and Tool required so far:
One empty medium sized plastic bottle
One large can lid
One Push Pin
Small Piece of Corrugated Cardboard
Step 1 - Wash Bottle and remove label
Step 2 -Measure and mark the finished height of the bird feeder.
Step 3 - Line up painters tape along measurement points on the lower side of the measurement.
Step 4 - Add another row of tape to make approximately a 2" wide stripe.
Step 5 - Cut long the bottom edge of tape.
Step 6 - Cut tabs approximatly 3/4" wide from the bottom of the tape to the top of the tape. Folding every other one up into the bottle. (Tip you want to end up with and even number of tabs)
Step 7 - Cut off the tabs that are not folded in to the bottle using a v shaped cut.
At this point your bottle should look like this.
Step 8 - Remove tape and use a push pin and cardboard to start a small hole in each of the remaining tabs.
Step 9 - Make the holes big enought to put the brad through using a kitchen knife.
Step 10 - Stack each of the tabs on to the brad.
Step 11 - Press brad open when all the tabs have been stacked on.
The bottle should look like this.
Step 12 - Use the E600 Glue to glue the bottle and the can lid together. Use painters tape to secure and allow to dry.
Well that's it so far. Tune in next week to see what becomes of my ugly little bird feeder.
I have been into the "basket weaving" types of crafts lately. You know the ones that don't require a lot of concentration or skill. See my latest upcycled t-shirt project here.
I started this weeks project without much inspiration but I think it turned out ok in its own weird way. Awhile back I cut up a gazillion old return address stickers that I got from a dozen different places. You know the ones they send you when you donate money to something. Well I didn't figure I could use all those return address labels in my life time but I didn't want to part with the pretty flower or the puppy dog part of the sticker so I cut the labels apart. Yes it's true my life is just non-stop adventure.
Anyway, this project started with me mindlessly sticking random cat head, flowers and flags stickers on to an old cracker box and ended with some plastic toys glued on top.