I love feeding wild birds and look forward to what we'll see at our feeders each spring. This year we have had red-winged black birds which has been a surprise. I'm used to seeing them out in the fields but not at our feeders. We've had tons of robins of course, and a variety of finches, juncos, and chickadees. Every now and then a whole flock of cedar wax wings will swoop in and eat the fruit off of our crabapple. Such a beautiful site!
I hope you enjoy these creative bird feeders that can easily be made with items you already have on hand. They're fun crafts and so rewarding for everyone when the birds start to appear. Be sure to check the archives for even more homemade bird feeder ideas!
This post is sponsored by The Home Depot but all the ideas and opinions are my own.
Chores are necessary for kids to learn how to take care of themselves and their home but getting them to do them is never easy. With my kids, I always stress that we are a team and that we have to work together to get everything done. As a single homeschooling mom, that's no exaggeration. This chore chart emphasizes building something together rather than payment for chores, and makes a pretty addition to your home as well. Each tree has a chore written on the back. To use this chore chart, make a pile of the trees and as each chore is done that tree can be placed in the forest. When the forest is full then your chores are done!
Forest Chore Chart Tutorial
Tools & Materials (not all items are pictured):
12" x 5 1/2" x 3/4" red oak board [Dimensions of the base can be varied. I chose a 1 x 6 red oak board at The Home Depot and then had them cut it down to 12" long. The cut was free.] 3/4" oak dowel 1/2" oak dowel sandpaper (I used an 80 grit sanding sponge) 1/2" wood button plugs wood glue (I used Gorilla Wood Glue) 4 felt pads - self-leveling and 1" diameter acrylic paint in white and red (ignore the green in the photo) small paint brush Mod Podge heavy scrapbook paper in shades of green scissors sticky notes to write down chores coping saw or other small saw clamp
Cut 1/4" to 2" segments from both dowels - no need to measure - I ended up using 11 total in a variety of the two sizes.
Using the clamp, saw a slice into the top of each dowel segment at least half-way down into the piece. Test if the cut is straight by placing a piece of paper into the slice and see if the paper sits level or not.
Sand all of the cut edges of the dowel segments and the wood base until everything feels nice and smooth.
Decide where you want your dowel stumps and wood mushroom plugs to go. Insert paper into each dowel segment to make sure there is enough room between stumps.
Make a small pencil mark under each stump and mushroom when you know where you want them to go.
Start gluing down the stumps (put glue on pencil mark and on the bottom of your stump, wait about a minute then glue together). Place a rock, or similar, on top of each stump to clamp while drying. Meanwhile, paint your mushrooms.
First, give each wood button plug, or mushroom, a coat of white paint. Next, paint just the top red; it might need a couple of coats. When dry, add a few white dots to the top of each mushroom. After they are dry, paint just the top with Mod Podge.
Glue the mushrooms in place on your base.
Stick self-leveling felt pads in each corner on the underside of the base.
Cut a variety of tree shapes from scrapbook paper. Depending on the paper and width of the slices in your stumps, you may need to glue on an extra layer (or two) of paper, at the base only, to make them sit tightly in the stump.
Write chores on sticky notes, trim, and stick to the back of the trees.
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