Decorative Candy Canes using Empty Candy Cane Candy Tubes




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Decorative Candy Canes using Empty Candy Cane Candy Tubes

Every year for Christmas my son gets a ton of these candy tubes! Last year, after throwing some away, I decided to play around with them and see if I could turn them into something worth keeping. I ended up doing just that! Not only will I be keeping some of these for myself but I will also be giving some out as gifts! They are both adorable and inexpensive to make! And they make a perfect gift for teachers, neighbors, and friends!

Materials:

How To: 

Step one:  Cut Coffee Dyed Filters into strips.

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Step 2:  Paint strips with mod podge and begin to wrap them around the candy cane. I normally start with the ends. You can get a better idea of how I do the ends by watching my youtube tutorial that will be posted later this week. Do this until none of the candy cane tube is showing through the coffee filters. Sometimes you may need to add a few more after they dry.

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Step 3: Once the candy cane is completely covered in coffee filters and has dried add the material. To measure the size of the material needed, cut the material to the desired thickness then wrap it up the candy cane and cut. After doing this you can then secure the material on the candy cane using mod podge.

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  Step 4: Give the entire candy cane a nice coat of mod podge. While the candy cane is still wet add a small amount of glitter. I like to use the fine white glitter for this. After adding the glitter, give one more thin coat of mod podge to seal the glitter.

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Once my candy cane was finished I decided to dress it up some! I had some leftover (mistletoe?) sprigs I bought at Walmart for $.98 cents last year. I tied one of the sprigs behind the candy cane using twine. I also tied on a little Christmas tag I made.

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Snowmen ( Made from empty cans of chew)





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Snowmen (made from empty cans of chew) 

Due to the amount of money my husband spends on chew, I have been trying to find ways to recycle the cans. Last week I showed you the Christmas Candies I made using some of his chew cans. This week I’m showing you how to make these adorable Snowmen Ornaments. I am so in love with these! They’ll look great on the tree and they will also make super cute and inexpensive Christmas gifts! Your friends will never know these cuties were once an ugly can of chew!

Materials:

  • Empty Chew Cans
  • Coffee dyed T-shirts or Muslin material
  • Material for hat ( You can use anything from an old coffee dyed flannel shirt to an old coffee dyed T-towel)
  • Twine
  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
  • Puff paint ( Black & Orange)
  • Blush ( If you don’t have any on hand check the Dollar Tree!)
  • Q- Tip

Step 1: Clean the Chew cans in some dish soap and let dry

Step 2: Wrap the chew cans in coffee dyed muslin material. I cut mine in about 15 1/2″ x 15 1/2″ squares. Wrap the cans twice so the brand of the chew doesn’t show through the material.

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Step 2: Cut hat material about 20″ x 20″. Using a hot glue gun fold and glue the hat at the bottom to make a small lip. Then use the hot glue gun to attach the hat. I like to stuff a little piece of napkin in the hat to give it a little puff. Then use twine to tie a bow. Trim any excess material above the bow. ( After making this I decided to add a jingle bell to the hat. I just slipped my twine through the jingle bell, pushed the bell to the front and tied my bow. 

To make ornaments: 

  1. Make a loop out of a piece of twine and tie a knot on the end.
  2. Hot glue the knot in the hat.
  3. Tie Bow.

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Step 3: Use Puff paint to draw on eyes and nose and let dry for 24 hours. I would practice doing this on a scrap of paper first. I’ve found the easiest way to get the perfect nose is to squeeze the puff paint and draw a line that slightly curves up.

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Step 4: Dip a Q-tip in some blush and apply in a circular motion for some rosy looking cheeks.

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Decorative Christmas Candies ( made from empty snuff cans!)




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Decorative Christmas Candies ( made from empty snuff cans) 

My husband is a dipper. You can spare us all the “it’s horrible for your health” talks. He knows and I know, so there’s nothing you’d be telling us that we don’t already know. I hate the amount of money we spend on chewing tobacco so I wanted to create something with the snuff cans that made me feel a like some of that money was going back in our pockets. So this year, instead of spending tons of money on Christmas decor I’m using up some of these snuff cans! I have two amazing DIY’s using snuff cans and first up are these Decorative Christmas Candies.

Here are a few ways you can use these Decorative Christmas Candies:

  • Lay them in a decorative bowl with some pine.
  • Glue on a loop of twine and use them as a Christmas ornament.
  • Glue some into a piece of garland.
  • Tie to the front of a Christmas gift OR use as Christmas gifts!

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Materials:

  • Empty Snuff cans ( If no one in your family chews snuff ask friends or co-workers.)
  • Fabric ( I found this beautiful red and white fabric with diagonal stripes at JOANN FABRICS. 1 yard will make about 12 candies)
  • Coffee ( Coffee dying fabric is optional)
  • Thin Twine
  • Rusty Jingle Bells ( 2 per candy)
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks

How to:

Step 1: I don’t have a picture of this but you are going to want to wash those cans first! I just wash mine with regular dish liquid in the sink. Make sure snuff cans are completely dry before you begin.

Step 2: Cut material into squares that are about 7 1/2 in. X 9 1/2 in. Lay can in the middle of the material, brand-side up, and neatly glue material to the back (brand side) of the can. Think like you are wrapping a gift but don’t do anything with the ends yet.

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Step 3: Cut two pieces of twine. Place a jingle bell on the twine and tie the twine around one end of the material bringing the jingle bell to the front and tie a bow. repeat this process with the other end.

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That’s it! They are literally that simple to make! Enjoy! =)



Rudolph Applesauce Cups





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Rudolph Applesauce Cups 

Christmas is just around the corner and with that comes snack times at school. I always like to take something that is fun for the kids yet easy for the teachers. I saw many types of these Rudolph applesauce cups online and, although cute, they didn’t seem practical. When making mine I decided to wrap them in a napkin and attach a spoon directly to the applesauce cups. This will give the teachers 2 fewer things to have to pass around the classroom ( spoons & napkins). I also used pipe cleaners and twisty ties as I thought they would be much easier for the kiddos to open than some sort of string or ribbon. And, if you are a busy mom like me, these could certainly be made a month ahead of time if needed.

Materials:

How to:

Step 1: Sit applesauce cup in the middle of the napkin and bring corners up to meet each other.

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Step 2: Slip the napkin wrapped applesauce into a clear treat bag and use twist ties that came with the treat bags to secure.

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Step 3: Using a pipe cleaner attach a spoon to the back of the applesauce cups and twist securely in the front.

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Step 4: Wrap the pipe cleaner around a pencil to give them a more playful look.

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Step 5: Place a jingle bell on the end of each pipe cleaner. Bend the ends of the pipe cleaner down to secure the jingle bells.

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Step 6: Using a hot glue gun glue on eyes and pom pom nose.

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Fall Leaf Jewelry




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Fall Leaf Jewelry 

I collected some leaves while going for a morning walk a few weeks ago. When I got back home I sat the leaves on my whiteboard and stared at them while finishing up another DIY post. I knew I wanted to do something fun with them but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I had a small container of cement sitting on my craft table and instantly went to google to search what I could do with leaves and cement. I found a TON of cool stuff but the coolest was a project called leaf casting. If you’ve never heard of this then I highly recommend looking it up! So I tried casting a leaf just to get a feel for it and it was actually pretty easy! I then saw my hemp cord and that’s when the idea for jewelry came to me. I collected all different shapes and sizes of leaves and found my favorite to be this longer feather like ones.

Materials:

  • leaves any shape or size you like
  • cement (only a few tablespoons are needed. I used underlayment. It was a little more expensive but I like how  fast it dries.)
  • gloves & a mask for working with cement ( I didn’t use either but I probably should have!)
  • water
  • wax paper
  • old bowl or plastic throw away bowl
  • plastic spoon
  • a piece of cheap foam
  • toothpicks
  • metallic paint ( or any paint you like)
  • Hemp Cord
  • earring hooks
  • 2 Gauge wire

How to: 

Step 1: Go on a scavenger hunt and find some cool leaves!

Step 2: Mix cement. You want a slushie-like consistency.

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Step 3: Turn leaves so vein side is up. Gently scoop on some cement and use a spoon to evenly spread cement over leaves. Gently pull leaves forward by the stem to get rid of any excess cement.

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Step 4: Carefully place leaves on top of the foam. Using a toothpick, poke a hole where you have the earring hook and necklace string to go.

*I highly recommencement using the foam. I have made these many times where I forgot to insert the toothpicks and then my cement hardened on me.

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Step 5: Allow cement to dry for about 20-30 minutes and GENTLY twist and pull toothpicks out. Wait an additional 15-20 minutes and gently pull leaves off of the cement. If it’s too wet your leaves will break but if its too dry they will stick! There’s a small window of time that this needs to be done in. Allow leaves to dry overnight.

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Step 6: Paint leaves and allow to dry. Next time I make these I may add a coat of sealer to them as the paint seemed to rub off a little.

 

Step 7: Necklace- Cut hemp cord to size and attach leaf or leaves. I like the look of a double hemp cord so I use two different colors. If you have trouble putting the cords through a toothpick will help!

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Step 7: Earrings: Thread a piece of 2 gauge wire threw the earring and attach earring hook to the front of the wire. Pull wire behind the earring and twist tight enough that it stays but leaving a little gap so the earring can dangle. A youtube tutorial of this will be up sometime this week!

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Looking for some trendy jewelry? I have the perfect place for you! Check out Autumn essence shop on Etsy! She has the CUTEST stuff!



Scarecrow Wreath


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Scarecrow Wreath

Remember earlier this month when I said this scarecrow wreath wouldn’t be the cutest? Well… I lied. It’s flipping adorable! Not only is it adorable but it’s a lot less messy than making a full scarecrow. It’s also very inexpensive to make. If you’re looking to make a full-bodied scarecrow check out the one my mom made a few years ago by clicking this link —>DIY  SCARECROW 




Materials Needed: 

  • wreath frame
  • flannel shirt ( check your husbands closet or a local thrift store)
  • Top hat ( I found mine at the dollar tree)
  • straw
  • Embellishments ( I used leaf garland from the dollar tree, an old hankie from my husband, and a few flowers from the dollar tree)
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • scissors
  • twine for around the bottom of the shirt
  • floral wire

How to:

Step 1:  Put the shirt around the wreath and button half way up.

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Step 2:  Stuff the belly and arms with straw and button up the shirt.

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Step 3:  Take a piece of twine and tie a bow at the bottom of the shirt. This will keep the straw from falling out the bottom of the shirt.

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Step 4:  Cut a piece of floral wire to attach the arms in a folded arm position.  Do this by threading the wire through the flannel then attaching it to the back of the wreath.

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Step 5: Use the same technique that was used in step 4 to attach the hat.

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Step 6: Embellish the scarecrow with whatever your heart desires. We used leaves, pinecones, a hankie, and some sunflowers from the Dollar Tree.

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Flannel & Pine Cone Garland

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Flannel & Pine Cone Garland 

Most of the supplies needed for this Flannel & Pinecone Garland can be found right at your fingertips! We went to the local park to gather all the pinecones along with a few other supplies for another craft. Since my husband didn’t have any old flannels that I liked I headed to the Goodwill and picked some up. I bought the sunflowers at the dollar tree and while I was there I found that they also sell raffia and twine. I would use the raffia, but I would advise against the twine, as I don’t think it will be long enough or strong enough. You can head to your local Walmart to pick up a nice strong twine. I believe mine said 2 ply on the pack.

Flannel & Pine Cone Garland

 Materials needed:

  • Twine
  • old flannel shirts ( If you don’t have any, check a local thrift store!)
  • Pine Cones
  • 2 cheap bundles of sunflowers ( I bought mine at the Dollar Tree)
  • wire cutters
  • Brown Textured Spray Paint
  • Hot glue gun & glue sticks
  • scissors

How to:

Step 1: The first thing you want to do, which I did not photograph, is to bake the bugs out of the pine cones. Put the pine cones on an old cookie sheet, or a cookie sheet lined with foil. Preheat oven to 200 degrees and bake pine cones for 20 minutes. You will LOVE the way they make the house smell… like fall!

Step 2: Cut the flannel shirts into strips. The quickest way to do this is to make a small cut at the bottom then use your hands to tear the cut all the way to the top of the shirt. Keep doing this till you have a nice stack of flannel strips.

 

 

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Step 3: To begin making the garland wrap twine around the pine cone a few times and secure with a knot and some hot glue. Next, begin adding flannel strips and wrapping pine cones. I like to do 4 flannels, rotating colors, and then a pine cone. Secure pine cones with glue, this will keep them from unraveling and falling on the ground when you hang it.

*I’m not really sure where my head was when I was photographing this post… it seems I’ve missed capturing some of the most important steps! If you are having trouble understanding these steps please refer to my youtube channel for a full video of this DIY. flanel pine cone garland 4

Step 4: Once your garland reaches the desired length, cut the twine and secure with another knot and more glue. I then spray painted the dollar tree sunflowers with a light layer of multi-color texture spray I purchased at Walmart. You want to use a dark brown multi color to achieve a more rustic/primitive look. A good friend taught me how to do this and I have been using this technique ever since!

*I later added some raffia to this garland. You can make this with or without the raffia, it’s really up to you!

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Wooden Pumpkins





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Wooden Pumpkins 

These wooden pumpkins are a cute way to dress up your home for fall at a fairly low cost. I am going to give measurements for these but feel free to make them whatever size you’d like! This is a perfect craft to use up those old scraps of wood laying around in the garage!

Materials List:

  • 1x6x6 Board
  • 1 shim ( for the stem)
  • chop saw ( If you do not have one of these your local home improvement stores may cut the wood for you)
  • Sander & Sandpaper
  • Spray paint ( Orange, green, & black)
  • stain – Here’s what I like to use:

  • Old rags
  • gloves
  • Small nails
  • 2 2-inch screws
  • 1 3-inch screw
  • Hammer
  • Raffia ( You can find this at the Dollar Tree!)

Step 1:  Cut the boards and Shim to the sizes below

Tall pumpkin –  17 inches

short pumpkin – 11 3/4 inches

Base – 8 inches

stems – 2 1/4 inch

 

You can use my measurements or you can just use your own.

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Step 2: Paint the boards the following colors & allow to dry:

Stems- Green

Pumpkins – Orange

Base – Black

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Step 3: Sand all the pieces of painted wood. I like to sand the corners extra good so it looks rustic once stained.

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Step 4: Apply the stain. I like to use 2 rags, one for applying the stain, and one to wipe it off. Make sure to wear gloves while doing this or your hands will be stained for a good week or so. Allow stain to dry.

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Step 5: Using a drill put 2 screws in the back of the larger pumpkin to hold the pumpkins together. When doing this I like to put one screw in and even things up before adding the second screw.

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Step 6: Predrill and use a larger screw to attach the base.

Here’s an easy way to do this: When attaching the base, I like to push my screw into the wood to mark where I need to predrill. I then take my drill and predrill through the base. Next, with the drill bit through the base, I attach it to the bottom of the pumpkin and continue pre-drilling. This helps to keep things lined up nice.

Step 7: Nail on stems & raffia bow. I like to pre-drill so the shim doesn’t split.

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Cement Candy Corn Yard Ornaments


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Cement Candy Corn Yard Ornaments 




These Cement candy corns are fun to make and will be a great addition to your fall decor. Because they are made out of cement they are durable enough to use both inside and outside. I have made 4 of these and plan on using mine randomly outside in amongst my flowers.

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Materials needed:

  • Cement ( I like to use a fast setting underlayment, It’s a little more expensive but I like that it sets within minutes of pouring.)
  • cheap plastic bowl
  • cheap wooden spoon
  • water
  • Traffic cones from the dollar tree
  • cooking spray
  • paper towel
  • sandpaper
  • paint ( white, orange, and yellow)
  • paint brush
  • tape
  • cup

How to:
Step 1: Add cement to a cheap plastic bowl. Then slowly add water and mix until the cement is a slushy-like consistency.

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Step 2: Flip traffic cone upside down into a cup to keep stable. Spray the inside of the traffic cone very well with cooking spray.

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Step 3: Pour cement into a traffic cone until even with the top. Using a paper towel dab off any excess cement. Allow drying overnight. As soon as you are finished pouring the cement, rinse bowl and spoon right away, unless you plan to throw them away. And whatever you do, DO NOT rinse in an indoor sink or down any drains. Rinse outside using a hose only… Unless you want a visit from the plumber.

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Step 4: When the traffic cone is dry push edges of the traffic cone down to help release cement from traffic cone. Flip upside down and give a few taps till the cement pops out. You will have something that looks like this:

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Step 5: Use a piece of sandpaper to smooth down any rough edges on the bottom of the traffic cone.

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Step 6: Tape top and bottom of the traffic cone and begin to paint. Once the paint is dry you are all finished.

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Bubble Gum Machine Bird Feeder




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Bubble Gum Machine Bird Feeder 

This bubble Gum Machine Bird Feeder is fairly easy to make and will look adorable in the yard. And, as long as you have some of the materials on hand, this project should be somewhat inexpensive. Hope you enjoy this project as much as I did!  =)

The Drilling Process 

I went through the drilling process twice so I could find the easiest method for you. A few cracked pots and many striped drill blades later and I believe I found it! The key to drilling through the clay quickly seems to be a wet clay pot and a glass and tile drill bit. Now you will have to use the spade blade for the bottom of the clay pot and the bit for the middle of the bottom clay saucer.

Materials:

  • 1 Clay Pot ( This didn’t have a size labeled but it measures about 5 inches in diameter and about 4 inches in length)
  • 4-inch Clay Saucer
  • 8-inch Clay Saucer
  • Glass Globe ( You can find these with the fake flowers at Walmart, I’ve also seen them at the dollar tree. Make sure this fits on the clay pot correctly before buying.)
  • 1 Wooden Dresser Knob (These come 2 in a pack at Lowes)
  • Safety glasses
  • 1-inch spade blade
  • 1/8-inch Drill Bit
  • 1/2-inch Glass & Tile  Drill Bit
  •  4 Feet of thin Wire ( I bought mine at Lowes and had them cut it to size.)
  • Wire cutters
  • Appropriate wire camps (This will depend on the size of the wire)
  • Red Spray Paint
  • A bucket or something you can soak clay pots in ( I just soaked mine in the bathtub, it needs to be cleaned anyway. ;p)
  • Bird Seed
  • heavy duty glue (Gorilla Glue will work nicely)

How to:

Step One: Soak clay pot and saucers in water for a few hours and begin to drill holes. Soaking the pots and saucer will allow the clay to soften making it easier to drill through.

  • Use a 1/8-inch drill bit to drill a hole in the middle of both saucers and wooden knob
  • Use 1-inch spade blade to drill the hole in the middle of the bottom of the clay pot.
  • Use 1/2-inch glass & Tile blade to drill a hole in the center of the bottom of the glass globe. Also, use Glass & Tile bit to drill 4 holes around the rim of the saucer where the bird seed will come out.

*I ruined so many blades trying to figure out how to drill the seed holes around the rim of the pot. I finally decided to use a drill bit that is made for glass and tile, this worked wonderfully! As long as the clay pot has soaked in water for a few hours the glass bit will drill right through!

( Don’t mind my helper. He’s selfish and seems to think everything is about him =p )

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Step Two: Spray paint clay pot, saucers, and knob red.

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Step 3: Double the wire to form a loop at the top. Attach wire clamp to secure the wire in place; use pliers to squeeze shut.

(After I took the photo I realized my wire clamp got stuck in the knob hole.)

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Step 4: Continue feeding the wire through the drilled holes until it comes out the bottom.Bubble gum bird feeder 4

Step 5: Attach a second wire clamp on the bottom to hold everything.

*After putting this together I realized I bought the wrong type of wire clamp because the clamp slipped right through the hole. They have different types and I’m sure if you ask someone at your local hardware store they’d be more then happy to help! I used a rubber band and some heavy duty glue to secure it for now.Bubble gum bird feeder 7

Step 6: I then used a heavy duty glue to secure the wooden knob to the top saucer. This will act as a lid and make it easy to take the lid on and off when filling seed. I also glued the glass globe to the clay pot, this just kept it from being so wobbly. I did NOT glue the clay pot to the bottom saucer. I wanted easy access in case bird seed would get stuck in the pot.

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Step 7: The only thing left to do is to fill the bird feeder with seeds and enjoy watching the birds munch on their new snack!

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