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Repurposed CDs = Get Rid of Critters & Beautiful Wind Spinner

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Last year I was so disappointed - we had limited blooms on our apple tree because of a late winter storm. My tree produced a small amount of apples and of course every critter in the world was going to have them except me. The worst were the squirrels because they would climb it, eat a few bites, and then throw the rest on the ground for the rabbits to eat. I also had voles in my garden which ate my strawberries & tomatoes. I had to figure something out and this is what I'm trying this year. I put them up early this spring & so far - no critters plus they look pretty spinning in the sun outside.
You will need: Used CD's Fish line Bells Large plant s hooks for trees Yard stakes for your garden
For my garden: I have 3 garden beds and I added 1 stake to each end of the middle bead (where my strawberries are and tomatoes go). I tied a loop of fishline to the cd and hung it on the stake. I made a second loop of line and added a bell.
For my apple tree: I tied 3 used cds together with fish line. I added a loop at the top and hooked it on a plant hanging s hook. On the bottom I added a bell.
The breeze (and it doesn't have to have much of one) makes the cd's spin and when the light hits them it makes a mirror effect. They look pretty spinning around. The bell also rings in the wind and should when something puts weight on a branch causing it to shake.
We are a month in with the garden in and my apple tree had great blooms this year and is full of leaves. There are 3 squirrels in my yard but so far so good - I haven't seen them in my apple tree yet. I don't have any voles in my garden as well. Fingers crossed that this really keeps them away - and they are fun to watch and listen to at the same time.
I will be making this and more things for your garden on my next Live DIY Tuesday, April 18th at 7pm EST, on Hometalk's Facebook page.

Materials I used for this project:

  • Large plant hanging S hooks   (Walmart or Dollar Tree)
  • Fishline   (Walmart)
  • Bells   (Hobby Lobby)
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  • Miriam I
    Miriam I Bay Shore, NY
    on Jun 8, 2016

    Great use for old CDs! Love the whimsical look.

    • Chas
      Chas Fort Collins, CO
      on Jun 8, 2016

      Thank you Miriam

  • Hillela G.
    Hillela G.
    on Jun 8, 2016

    So cool! Who knew?

    • Chas
      Chas Fort Collins, CO
      on Jun 8, 2016

      Thank you Hillela

  • Carolyn
    Carolyn Albuquerque, NM
    on Jun 8, 2016

    Great ideal!!!!

    • Chas
      Chas Fort Collins, CO
      on Jun 8, 2016

      Thank you Carolyn

  • Vickie
    Vickie Leander, TX
    on Jun 16, 2016

    thank you!! this will work great on my tomatoes -- I can actually tie to the tomato cages ---

    • Chas
      Chas Fort Collins, CO
      on Jun 16, 2016

      Thanks Vickie, glad it can help you too

  • Jo Blackburn
    Jo Blackburn Virginia Beach, VA
    on Aug 11, 2016

    I have cds hanging on line around my dock to keep the ducks and cormorants away...got tired of cleaning up their mess.

    • Chas
      Chas Fort Collins, CO
      on Aug 11, 2016

      Glad it's working for you Jo, thanks for sharing.

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