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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.
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You will need: Used CD's Fish line Bells Large plant s hooks for trees Yard stakes for your garden
  • repurposed cds get rid of critters beautiful wind spinner, crafts, gardening, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling
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.
  • repurposed cds get rid of critters beautiful wind spinner, crafts, gardening, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling
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.
  • repurposed cds get rid of critters beautiful wind spinner, crafts, gardening, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling
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.
  • repurposed cds get rid of critters beautiful wind spinner, crafts, gardening, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling
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.
  • repurposed cds get rid of critters beautiful wind spinner
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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