DIY Sunflower Bird Feeder

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A DIY Sunflower Bird Feeder is sure to welcome sunflower seed-loving birds to your yard. It's designed to not only hold yummies for the birds but to dress up your landscape with a bright and cheery sunflower too!

Here's how easy it is to make one - with inexpensive thrift pieces.

On one of my latest thrift shop visits, I came across this not-so-special metal plate.

I loved the gently scalloped edges and soft ridges along the rim. It kind of reminded me of the petals of a flower. Hmmm...

I was pretty sure I could do something with it, so it came home with me.

Next stop: a dig through my stash.

Somewhere along the way I found this lamp. I loved the shape and it was just sitting there waiting to be put to good use.

I wondered if I could pair the two pieces...

I gave it a quick and refreshing paint job,

then moved to the plate.

After a base coat of the same spray paint, I trimmed the edges with yellow craft paint.

Next, I stained on some orange using an old rag, just as you would with regular wood stain. I wanted to break the harsh and flat yellow finish and make it more closely resemble the coloration of a real flower.

I added some brown craft paint in the same way, and got what I was going for!

All I had left to do was glue them together!

I had a perfect place in the yard where we already have a lot of bird activity, and set it in place.

Filled and ready!

I love having a perfect view from my front window.

Now I can enjoy my project and watching the birds visit.

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