Upcycled Bird Feeder

Marsha Whitt
by Marsha Whitt
I had a small glass lamp that no longer worked, and a domed pan lid I didn't need. So I upcycled them into a lovely covered bird feeder.
Small glass and metal lamp.
I disassembled the lamp, and wire brushed the small metal pieces, which I painted, then coated with clear nail polish.
Removed knob and wire-brushed/sanded rust.
I removed the knob and wire brushed the lid to remove rust.
Painted the lid (this is one coat; I did two.
I painted the lid (both sides) white to match the lamp body. This is after one coat; I did two coats of white, plus some decorative aqua to match the painted metal accents on the lamp.
I then reassembled the lamp, minus the electric socket. I ran a doubled strand of rubberized picture hanging wire up through the metal tube that originally held the electric cord inside the lamp. I tied/twisted it at the bottom, leaving a loop at the top for hanging.
Completed bird feeder.
I added bird seed to the dish base, then I hung it on my clothesline, which I can see from my kitchen window.
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  • Barb Barb on Feb 20, 2020

    I too was "flabbergasted" and I think it's amazing!

  • Allison Newby Allison Newby on Jun 30, 2021

    I thought it was a huge bird feeder as well in your yard. 😆. Great project and amazing photo. Thanks.

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    • Rob29132671 Rob29132671 on Jan 05, 2023

      So did I!! Lol! Crazy perspective!! Very cute feeder now that I know it’s not 10ft tall and 10ft wide! Lol!