Castoffs Repurposed Into A Bird Cafe'


Found the post and two light fixtures and the wood plaque at the Habitat Restore.
The post is not treated wood, so we got 2 vinegar jugs, cut out top of one & bottom & top of the other, taped them together and concreted post into it, then buried it. Old tire on other side of fence is not ours. Eyesore (Planter?) :)
Baffle is galvanized metal. Before painting I cleaned it with hot soapy water, rinsed & dried, then rinsed with weak solution of water/ammonia, let dry, sanded with 250 grit sandpaper, cleaned with tack cloth, primed & painted.
Left one panel of glass out of light globe. Feeder pan is from a ceiling fixture..the part that goes next to ceiling. Drilled holes in bottom for drainage. I used acrylic paint for sign and sprayed clear sealer to protect it.

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  • Pat aka Queen of Thrift
    on Dec 20, 2012

    Thanks, Douglas & Rustic Crafts. There are oak trees at the back of our yard & right now there is an abundance of acorns on the ground. We may have a battle with the squirrels when the acorns are gone....or maybe before. I have had this feeder in my mind for quite some time. I guess I just got lucky to find everything I needed at the Habitat Restore. My husband had some galvanized metal on hand to make the baffle.

  • Pat aka Queen of Thrift
    on Jan 20, 2013

    It has been up a month, and the squirrels have not attempted to outwit the baffle....yet! Right now there are plenty of acorns still on the ground. They do scurry around the base of the feeder gathering up sunflower seeds that have spilled over the edge as the birds feed.

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