10 Minute Dollar Store Bird Feeder

10 min dollar store silver platter bird feeder

Mother’s day is right around the corner and I’ve been contemplating gift ideas for my mom this year. Like the majority of people I know, they’re working on a budget and my story is no different. I want to give her something that she’ll adore, but let’s be real it has to be reasonably priced.

Even though she deserves her own yacht in the Mediterranean.

It being spring and all I decided that a bird feeder would be the best way to go. Here are Some Reasons Why

1. Homemade gifts are freaking awesome when you are trying to save $$$.
2. This project is super easy.
3. There are hardworking bird moms that need easy weekday meals just like us.

Real talk people, real talk. Anyways my mom and I enjoy being outdoors and observing nature so it fits. I went to the Dollar Tree and found a super cute oval silver platter that would make a superb bird feeder.

I traveled to Walmart and picked up some thin twine so I could hang up the bird feeder. Obviously the silver platter was only a $1 plus tax. The twine ran me just under $4 if I remember correctly.

I spent under $6 dollars for this! Six dollars! It would be hard to find a half way decent bird feeder at a thrift store for that price.

Dollar store silver platter and twine

This bird feeder turned out perfect. It took 10 minutes of my time to make, if that. If you’re in need of a Mother’s day gift idea or gift idea in general, here’s how I made mine.

Tools for the Dollar Store Bird Feeder

Platter-mallet-mechanic pick

I used a mallet and mechanic pick for this bird feeder. An awl is another great option for hole punching. I had a mechanic pick on hand so that’s what I used. The dollar store platter was thin enough to easily punch holes in to string my twine through.

Punching Holes

This part was a little scary because I didn’t want to destroy this silver platter. The silver platter was cheap and I was nervous that any amount of pressure might awkwardly dent it. However, I gave it a try anyway and to my surprise it turned out just fine.

Punching hole with mechanic pick

I centered my pick and hit it with the mallet making one hole on each side of the platter.

Bird feeder platter with holes punched

Stringing the Twine Through the Platter

I started on the long end first. I ran the twine through the top of the platter and ran it underneath to the opposite end and pushed it up through the top again.

I used the second piece of twine to do the same thing on the shorter side. The twine made a cross pattern underneath to support the weight of the bird seed.

I didn’t measure the twine. I kept pulling the twine through until I had a length I liked.

Stringing through the top of the bird feeder platter


Twine through all 4 sides of bird feeder platter

Making a Loop to Hang the Feeder

I made sure the bird feeder was level before tying my knot. I grabbed all 4 strings and tied them together, leaving a couple of inches of string to make a loop with.

Knot for bird feeder loop

I left roughly 5 inches of extra twine after my knot. I held the knot and slid my fingers up 3 inches over the remaining twine and made another knot. Ta-da! Instant loop.

Bird feeder double knot loop

Please excuse the kitty butt photo bomb.

Dollar store silver platter bird feeder

I added some seed to give it an official bird feeder look. *Dinner bell rings in background* Come and get it birds!

Dollar store silver platter bird feeder with seed

Dollar store silver platter bird feeder

Trying to find the perfect gift for Mother’s day isn’t always easy. Go the easy and inexpensive route this year and make a dollar store bird feeder. I know my mom will love this, and yours might too!

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Outdoor Mason Jar Chandelier

Outdoor mason jar chandelier

Spring is here and the family and I are starting to spend more afternoons outdoors so I thought it would be nice to spice up our backyard with some new decor. I’ve been wanting an outdoor chandelier for some time now, one that we could hang in tree and lay a picnic blanket underneath.

I’m in love with the farmhouse look just like the rest of Pinterest is right now, so I already knew the look I was going for. Mason jars and rope would be involved for sure.

Mason jars would be a great addition to this idea for lighting since they are so versatile and have that woodsy feel. The rope would give it that rustic edge I was trying to achieve.

I planned to use battery powered tea light candles to prevent the possibility of burning the rope. Although real candles would look amazing!

My plan was to keep it cheap so I headed down to my local Dollar Tree and Walmart to pickup the necessities.

What I Used for my Outdoor Mason Jar Chandelier

I bought the hula hoop and tea lights at the Dollar Tree. They had hula hoops in a few different sizes, but I went with the smallest one I could find since it would be easiest to work with. The tea lights were two to a pack so my total spent was $4 plus tax.

The mason jars came in a pack of 12 for a little over $10. I’m sure I’ll come up with something else to do with the other six. Tiki torches maybe?

Anyways, I made sure to purchase the wide mouth variety. I didn’t want to have trouble pulling my hand out after placing my tea lights.

I also bought the rope at Walmart for under $8. I still have a decent amount left for other projects. I already had a glue gun and glue sticks on hand so no extra dollars spent there.

I spent $22 total which isn’t too shabby considering I only used half of the mason jars and had 14 feet of rope leftover. My cost is covered on other spring projects now. Thumbs up to that!

Mason Jar Chandelier Starter Kit

Wrapping the Hula Hoop in Rope

I cut my rope in sections of 3 or 4 feet so I wouldn’t have to toss the entire rope bundle around while I wrapped and glued it down. When I started, glued the rope as I wrapped it around the hula hoop.

After awhile I wanted to save my glue and speed things up so I glued 6 or 7 inches worth and then continued to wrap it around without glue until a few inches from the end of my rope.

Then I glued the remaining rope down as I wrapped to keep my entire section of rope in place. This helped me save glue and time, and also hold everything in place perfectly.

Gluing the rope to the hula hoop


Wrapping the hula hoop

Here’s the hula hoop completely wrapped in rope.

Outdoor chandelier base wrapped in rope

Look closer. You like where this is going don’t you?

Outdoor Chandelier wrapped in rope

Preparing the Mason Jars

This part turned out to be really easy, however, I was somewhat concerned if I could put a hole in the lid without ruining it. I planned to tie a knot in the rope after putting it through the lid. I figured that should secure it fairly well and it did!

First, I used a screw driver to put the hole in my lid. I centered the screw driver and pressed down until I indented the lid.

Once I had my center point marked, the “not so safe part” started. I held the mason jar down securely and made small jabs repeatedly with the screw driver until it broke through the lid. Definitely not safe, so be careful if you go about it this way.

Screw driver used to add the hole in the mason jar lid

I only held the screw driver up about 3 inches away from the lid during this process and it took a good number of jabs before the lid gave way. Like I mentioned before, my way is a little sketchy on safety protocol so if you know of a safer way please try that way instead.

Mason Jar lanterns with holes in lids

Turning Mason Jars into Pendant Lights

The next part consisted of measuring and tying a knot in the rope after putting it through the lid. After tying the knot and securing the lid I measured the rope about 14 inches from the top of the mason jar.

Tied knot in mason jar lid

Turning mason jars into 14 in pendant lights

Attaching the Mason Jar Pendant Lights

I held the pendant light rope up against the hula hoop and measured 6 inches in length. I didn’t want my pendant lights hanging too long so I thought 6 inches was a decent length.

Hanging mason jar pendant 6 in from base of hoop

Next I grabbed my glue gun and started gluing the rope down.

Wrapping rope around pendant base

The length around the hula hoop was 80 inches. Since I was hanging 6 mason jar pendant lights, I divided 80 by 6 and figured proper spacing would be about 13 inches apart.


Mason jar pendants spaced out 13 in apart

After I attached all the pendant lights, I cut 3 sections of rope at 27 inches in length. I wrapped and glued the ends and was ready to make my loop.

Tying the outdoor mason jar chandelier ropes

I twisted and folded over the remaining two strands of rope into a loop. Then I wrapped and glued the third piece around the ends.

Loop for chandelier

Here is the completed Outdoor Mason Jar Chandelier! I’m so glad I took the time to work on this project. It’s exactly what I envisioned.

Completed Outdoor Mason Jar Chandelier

I waited til dusk to add the tea lights.

Completed Nightime Outdoor Mason Jar Chandelier

Nighttime view of Outdoor Mason Jar Chandelier

How great would this look with fairy lights?! I wish I could’ve got my hands on some earlier. If I do, I’ll make sure to update this post with the new look.

Mason jar with tea light

If you liked my outdoor mason jar chandelier project make sure to stop by my pinterest page to see my pins and other inspirational backyard projects.

Let me know what you think. Would you prefer real candles, battery powered tea lights or fairy lights?

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DIY Bird Bath for $20

DIY Two Tier Bird Bath pinterest

 

For the longest time I’ve wanted to add an adorable bird bath to our front yard, but I could never find one within the right price range.

I wanted something that had a great color to make our yard pop and had that water fountain-like elegance.. Anyways I decided what better way to get what I want than to make it myself.

I’ve seen people use candle sticks and lamp posts for bases in a couple of projects so I thought that would be perfect for my DIY bird bath. Goodwill is my main go to.

One day I’m hoping to get myself together become a more consistent garage sale hunter, but Goodwill is always there for me at 4:30pm on a Sunday afternoon. Well, here’s what I was lucky enough to nab up during my Goodwill raid:

My Finds

  • Large table lamp in a Roman column design. (Great bargain for $3.13 since it wasn’t working.)
  • Small and shallow flower shaped bowl. ($1.25)
  • A baby shower platter. ($1.57)
  • Decorative glass cup ($1.91)

Good will bird bath finds

I came across the flower bowl first and then the lamp second. I initially thought the flower bowl and lamp would work great together and then I thought why not go all out and make it a two tier bird bath. Yea! I could definitely pull that off.

DIY bird bath bowl

Oh, you fancy huh?

Why yes, yes I am. Thus the idea of the two tier DIY bird bath was born.

I started looking for a larger shallow bowl of some type that could serve as my base for the bath and then I stumbled upon this tacky pink baby shower party platter. Yes, its uglier than hell but I had a good feeling about it. It was the right size and depth for what I needed.

The shopping wasn’t done yet, I had to find something to separate my tiers. I was thinking along the lines of a decorative vase.

To my surprise I found this really cool cup aka the goblet. It was wide enough on the bottom and top to support both levels of the bird bath and tall enough to separate them nicely.

DIY bird bath tier base

Pickin’ Paint and Glue

I’m not sure why exactly but I desperately wanted a royal blue bird bath. I stopped by Walmart to grab Krylon spray paint in a lovely shade of Oxford blue and clear sealant. $3.98 each.

Krylon Spray Paint

Krylon is supposed to be a quality spray paint and non toxic after it’s dried so I thought that this brand would be the best choice.

I also needed glue to put my bird bath together. After some research I found that Dap Aquarium Sealant is what I needed for a strong bond and to keep the water safe for the birds. $4.57 at Home Depot.

Dap Aquarium Sealant for safe bird bath water

Let the Prepping Begin

Once I was ready to paint my bird bath parts I made sure all pieces were wiped clean and dry.

I took them outside and laid them down on some old random piece of plywood in the yard and began spraying with my blue paint. So far so good.

DIY blue bird bath parts

I let them dry for a night and then went out and sprayed over them with the blue paint again. The instructions mention that you only need about 2 hours to dry in between coats so you don’t have to wait over night like I did.

How to Drill a Hole for the Base

One question you might have is how to set the bottom bowl on the base of the bird bath to begin with.

We used a circular drill bit/hole saw bit for this process. Anthony rummaged through our tool shed and found a drill bit that was perfect for what I needed.

I didn’t use any measurements, I just eyeballed the size I needed. As long as the drill bit could drill a hole slightly wider than the light bulb base on my lamp I was good to go.

hole for bird bath base

Assembling the Two Tier Bird Bath

All my parts were dry and ready to be put together! I found a nice level area in the yard to stack my two tiers. After some practice balancing all the pieces of the bird bath, I was ready to glue.

aquarium sealant on bird bath base

I finally got enough sealant around the base of my bird bath so it was time to add the party platter bowl.

DIY bird bath base

This sealant takes a full 24 hours to cure. This was good for me because I had plenty of time to rearrange and center all three of my pieces.

Getting them all centered was trial and error but it only took a matter of minutes to perfect it.

I was ready to put the finishing touches on this beauty. I let the glue cure over night and stepped out the next day with my Krylon Clear Coat in hand.

DIY bird bath finished

I absolutely enjoyed every minute of this DIY bird bath project. I felt like this was going to be an awesome idea and I’m thrilled it turned out better than I imagined.

Here is the finished product in all its glory.

Completed two tier DIY bird bath

This was an excellent DIY project for our yard this spring. I’m looking forward to watching the birds splash around in this! What spring time accessory does your yard need?

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