For the Birds
Last month, Lowe’s Creative Ideas Magazine’s challenged me to come up with a DIY bird haven…and I kinda missed the boat what with all the baby announcing, Pinterest Challenging and repetitive fainting, shock & awe over the fact that you guys voted this little blog one giant award. BUT I did take on the Bird Oasis task - hit some turbulence – and then reworked…err…rewinged it to make it actually better.
Let’s stop all this confusing convulusion of me talking….let’s get right to it.
Let me preface this entire thing with the fact that finding a more modernesque birdhouse is like finding a silicone boob that an Orange County Housewife doesn’t like. It’s tough….err….difficult…because them tata’s ain’t tough.
Back to the point…I wanted to create a cheap alternative to a Modern Birdhouse that would be easy and simple to recreate. So when I saw the opaque glass light covers (super cheap at under $10) I knew it would be perfect. Then I picked up some quick apoxy, some eyehooks and a package of wooden furniture knobs.
First I hammered the eyehook directly into the center of the knob with a hammer.
Then I used a tiny metal screwdriver to tighten that thing all the way down. Don’t mock me for having the world’s weakest hands. I blame the extreme laziness.
Then I whipped out the epoxy. NOTE – THIS DOES NOT WORK FOR THIS PROJECT. Don’t buy it. Just use your at-home-glue gun. This epoxy is probably perfect for many projects…this just ain’t one.
This epoxy you have to mix seperately. So that is what I’m doing.
Instead of doing this step – just put your round light globe on a bowl with the hole facing you and use your hot glue to fasten the knob on top of the globe. Again…I repeat…do not use the epoxy…unless you are really into glue for another reason
Then it’s just a little paintbrush action. You know what I mean.
Tie a little twine to the top and instant modern birdhouse.
The first time, I used the epoxy and the globe was on the ground and the twine and knob were still in the tree the next day. Thankfully it didn’t break. That’s when I broke out the hot glue gun. I love that dang thing. I would hot glue my jeans up in the back if it wasn’t so painful. I mean….nobody wants to see that squatty crack attack…just saying.
Thankfully – it all worked out and now the birdhouse has been outside for three weeks without incident. I am still waiting on the right bird to take up residence. I imagine that it will be a very modern bird…one who appreciates midcentury furniture and will move in a very tiny Eames chair and paint the walls solid black…but call them Midnight Charcoal Dust. Yup. That is exactly what I hope happens.
And why yes, Gnomeo’s father-in-law guards this area of the yard…so glad you asked.
So that’s it folks – one little birdhouse – coming in at a grand total of $12…including the cost of the epoxy. I imagine that you could get it for $9…two for under $15…providing that you have your own twine, paint and hot glue sticks. How cool would it be to fill an entire tree with these things?! And when the birds are flying south for the winter, you could pop a tealight candle in there. It’s a magical night with your glowing orbs! That’s what she said or he said. Jurys still out on that one.