Two Candle Holders Become One Bird Feeder - REPURPOSE!

2 Materials
30 Minutes
You never know what you'll find at Goodwill - be sure to have a creative imagination when looking through the isles. Combine, paint, re-purpose, and redesign.

Here are two run-of-the-mill candle holders that no one would ever be very interested in buying - it's a great service to your community if you upcycle and/or repurpose those consignment shop, garage sale or Goodwill finds:
The metal candle holder had several different colors, and needed nothing more other than something to "perch" on the bottom end.
A little paint was all this needed to make it fit for a bit of bird seed. It sat nicely in the bottom of the first candle holder.
DH dug out the inside part of the wood candle holder to prep it for bird seed. First he used a hole driller that attached to his cordless drill and then chipped out the wood with a chisel.
Then I painted with Pure & Original to coordinate with the top decorative piece. I was already in the middle of painting my serving cart so it worked well to just grab some paint and paint this too.
After painting the wood candle holder, I stenciled it to bring in the color red, and coated it with Modern Masters outdoor poly. I added extra poly in the bottom hoping to preserve the wood after rain.
FolkArt Home Decor stencils are very affordable, as is the acrylic paint used for the stencil. Before stenciling, I add one coat of poly beforehand so the paint is easily wiped off of the stencil doesn't look just right. Yes, I'm picky. It's not hard to stencil, but sometimes it's just a bit crooked and I want to redo it, especially if the surface is rounded and difficult to tape to like this project.
The two coordinated well and hangs outside for our little bird population to enjoy.
We don't need to go out and spend $40 on a fancy Dan bird feeder. We've priced them for a couple of years now and always walk out of the store empty handed. This is a great was to get something that is one-of-a-kind and affordable. Together the bird feeders only cost $3.

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Suggested materials:

  • Pure and Original Paint   (Pure and Original Paint Company)
  • Poly topcoat   (Modern Masters)

Val Frania {Love My DIY Home}
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  • Yofrendonna Yofrendonna on Jun 08, 2017
    Beautiful! All materials are non toxic to birds?

  • N. G. Londonderry N. G. Londonderry on Jun 08, 2017
    How did you secure the cup with the birdseed so birds don't knock it out onto the ground? It looks nice.


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