DIY Bird Feeder

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My porch has been painfully bare since I moved in, so as part of my spring to-do list, I committed to making it a more visually appealing place to sit – which included designing my own bird feeder. Since I lack power tools and would probably chop a finger off in the process, I decided to buy a pre-made bird feeder instead of building my own. (If you’d like to build your own, you can find a great tutorial on it here.) The process was fun and easy, and the options are endless. It adds a nice personal touch to my previously boring porch, and now provides entertainment for Luna all day long. Here’s how you can design your own at home.

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Gather supplies. You’ll need:

A wooden, unfinished bird feeder

Three or more paint colors of your choice

Foam brushes

Glitter tape

Alphabet and decorative stickers

Bird feeder hook and weatherproofing spray

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Organize your paint colors. Determine which you want to be your main color, roof color, and accent color. I chose white for my base, mint green for my roof, and a hot pink for my accent color.

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Paint your main color first. I found it worked best to work from the bottom up. Next, I painted the pink accent color on the bar and accent corners.

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Once dry, I put two coats of paint on the roof. Let dry again. Meanwhile, cut strips of glitter tape to fit edges of roof. Stick onto feeder and trim edges if necessary.

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Pick a name for your feeder and attach stickers where desired. It’s a good idea to go ahead and glue them down to make it more durable.

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Finish feeder with some sort of weatherproofing stray if desired. Fill with feed and let the birds enjoy their new lunch spot.

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