Want to see some wildlife, but maybe venturing into the great outdoors isn't for you? No problem! This nifty (and adorable) little craft will have wildlife coming to you, so you can appreciate them from the warmth, safety, and (we hope) bug-free-ness of your home.
Here's what you'll need:
- Popsicle sticks (18)
- Scrap wood
- A piece of thin wood
- A piece of screen
- A pencil
- Wood glue
- Staining oil
First, the scrap wood needs to be cut into lengths like this to make two rectangles.
You can make them any size you feel is appropriate, just make sure they're even.
You should end up with these.
They should fit together like this, but don't attach them yet!
It's looking awfully like a seat, right?
Jigs up, we're making a mini bench swing...so take the "seat" and trace it on a piece of screen.
The bottom of the bench will be screen, which will keep the bird feed dry.
Staple the screen to the bottom of the seat.
Now trace out a piece of thin wood to fit the seat, and cut out the center. Glue this over the staples.
Now for the back! This is where your popsicle sticks come in.
Glue them evenly over the back rectangle like this. While the glue is still wet, you can push them into this arched design if you like.
When the glue is dry, draw a straight line across the bottom and snip off the excess with scissors.
To glue the back and seat together, adhere a popsicle stick along each side, leaving some hanging below the edge. These extra pieces will then be glued to the seat.
(It's easier than it sounds.)
Clamp it to make sure the glue sets.
Now make some armrests using the rest of the popsicle sticks.
Just place, glue, and trim the sticks.
To hang it up, staple twine to the bottom front of the seat and to the top of the back.
This way, it'll hang evenly.
If it's going outside, coating the wood with some staining oil or another sealant is a good idea.
Now you can fill it with birdseed and watch some feathered friends come for a snack!
This bird feeder is perfect for smaller yards and terraces. The fact that it hangs means it'll be harder for squirrels to muscle their way into the feeder, as well.