DIY Lighthouse Bird Feeder





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DIY Lighthouse Bird Feeder

You can make this super cute DIY Lighthouse Bird Feeder using just a few supplies from the dollar tree. I will warn you, gluing the stones on takes some patience. Because of this I left all the supplies out in my craft room and glued a little each night while watching TV. It took a little time but the birds seem to LOVE it!

Supplies: 

  • Small traffic cones ( I got these at the dollar tree in with the school supplies)
  • Small fan or something to work as a balcony ( I also got mine at the dollar tree)
  • 4 packs of stone ( from dollar tree)
  • 9 inch pie pan ( from dollar tree. Set your cone in it to make sure it fits!)
  • Solar light ( you can buy this at dollar tree but I found one I liked better at Walmart)
  • Thick twine
  • Drill
  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
  • Loctite
  • caulking gun 
  • popsicle sticks
  • paper plate
  • Laytex gloves
  • Sea Shells ( maybe you have some from a previous trip to the beach?)
  • Small sea critters ( found mine at dollar tree)
  • Small piece of Burlap
  • Grey or tan spray paint (try to get a paint that will blend in well with the rocks)
  • small dowl rod painted black (optional)

How to:

Step 1: The first thing I did was put my cone in my pie pan and marked the holes. This helped me to know where to drill.Light House step 1

Step 2: Next I spray painted my traffic cone grey and left it dry overnight.

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Step 3: I then started gluing my rocks. I found the easiest way to do this was to squeeze some Loctite on a paper plate and use a popsicle stick to apply the glue to the rocks. Because this gets a little messy, I suggest wearing latex gloves. I didn’t wear gloves and had Loctite on my hands for a week!

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Step 4: I wanted to add a balcony but couldn’t find ANYTHING that would work. While I was at the dollar tree I came across this fan, it worked perfectly! I just used a screwdriver to pop it apart and then spray painted it black. My scissors were used to cut the middle section of the fan out so it fits around my lighthouse.

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It should look something like this when you’re finished.

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Step 5: To fit the solar light in I had to figure out a way to cut a hole in the top. I found that drilling a bunch of holes around the rim then cutting it with scissors worked for me. If you have a better way of doing this, go for it!

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Step 6: I then took the stake part of the solar light off and shoved it in the hole. Perfect fit!

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Step 7: Next I used my hot glue gun to glue twine around my pie pan. I think it gives more of a nautical look.

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Step 8: Next I Put my lighthouse back in the pie pan to make sure the holes I marked earlier were still accurate. I then drilled my holes. Make sure when you drill your holes you drill down. Doing it this way leaves the sharp edge on the bottom rather than the top, this way the birds don’t step on anything sharp!

After drilling the holes I stuck a piece of twine through each hole and tied a double knot at the base of the pan. You will need 4 long pieces of twine for this. I pulled the twine up in the air to about the length I wanted and gave myself a few extra inches of wiggle room (we will tie the top knot in Step 11).I found that dipping my twin in water helped it to go through the holes much easier. See the photo below for help with this step.

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Step 9: Use Loctite to glue your lighthouse to the pie pan & let it dry overnight.

*I goofed a little here, I tried to glue my lighthouse down before putting the twine in. This didn’t work very good so I had to re-glue the lighthouse.

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Step 11: Once everything is dried bring all four strings up and tie in a double knot. I also hot glued a few mini sea creatures around the rim of the pie pan. It should look something like this when you’re all finished.

*I also decided to drill a hole in the side of my lighthouse and used Loctite to secure a little perch for the birds. I used a small dowel rod and painted it

black.

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Step 12: Time for the fun part! Fill your Lighthouse bird feeder with birdseed and scatter a few seashells around. I put a little piece of burlap around the balcony so the birdseed didn’t fall through.

I’m not sure who enjoys this lighthouse bird feeder more, me or the birds?

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DIY * Dollar Tree White Pumpkins

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What you will need:

  • Old T-shirt ( OR, I saw material at walmart that felt like T-shirt material and it was all ready a coffee dyed color… I think it was called cheese cloth?? If you use that, you will only need (I’m guessing) 1/2 a yard for 3-4  pumpkins. And you can skip the coffee dye step.)
  • cheap coffee for dying (dollar tree sales it!)
  • Dollar Tree bouquet of fall flowers ( you need 2 flowers per pumpkin)
  • Dollar Tree foam pumpkin ( as many as you want to make)
  • scissors
  • burlap ribbon ( I bought mine at walmart, but saw some at the dollar tree the next day =/ )
  • spray starch ( this is optional, it helps to keep the top part of the T-shirt looking the way you want, I’ll explain below)

The How To:

1.)  I just realized I forgot to take photo’s on how to cut the T-shirt and coffee dye it. I am going to do my best to explain: Lay the T-shirt down flat and cut up both sides, cut the sleeves off, and cut the thicker part of the T-shirt that goes around your neck off. When you are done cutting you should have 2 pieces of T-shirt with no sleeves and no neck- line. If you ever have trouble or don’t understand what I mean, please feel free to ask. =)

2.) Coffee dye the T-shirts with the same technique I used for my toilet paper roll snowmen. CLICK HERE. Allow to dry.

3.) First set the pumpkin in the middle of one of the coffee dyed T-shirt halves. Bring the corners of the material up to meet each other and hold tightly.pumpkin 2

4.) Wrap a piece of burlap at the base of where the material is gathered ( Look at photo) and tie a bow. You want to make sure that everything is nice and tight.pumpkin 4

5.) Fold the ends of the ribbon in half and make a slanted cut downward. ( you may want to practice this before you try it on your pumpkin) This just makes the ribbon ends look nice.

 

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6.) Cut 2 flowers off of the dollar tree bouquet (scissors work fine to do this. I just cut with an old pair of scissors then bend them back and forth till they snap off) Push the flowers through the t-shirt material and into the foam pumpkin directly under the middle of the bow (look at photo).

 

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7.) Cut the excess material off leaving about 1 inch of material or until you think it looks nice.

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8.)  Spray the excess material with some spray starch to make it stiff.  ( this is optional, but I think it looks better. The spray starch only cost about $3 )pumpkin 10

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