We purchased some Stauffer's Animal Crackers from Walmart that came in this plastic container. It looks like a cute bear and I just couldn't bring myself to put it in the recycle bin. Surely I could make this into something useful.
Then it came to me, make it into a bird feeder!
My supply list:
- Empty bear shaped Stauffer's Animal Crackers container
- Acetone or something to remove label residue
- Fine grit sand paper
- Spray paint or craft paint for body
- Craft paints for details
- Clear spray sealer with UV protection
- Craft knife or other sharp knife
- 8-9" plastic plate
- E6000® Permanent Craft Adhesive or other strong glue
- Eye bolt with nut and washer or nylon string for hanging
- Drill and bit for making hole in lid (not needed if using string)
- "S" hook (optional)
I applied two coats of almond spray paint, letting each coat dry thoroughly. (I wanted something like a goldenrod color, but couldn't find any.) Note: Next time I would use craft paint here. Painting the details later with water base craft paint on top of the oil base spray paint doesn't stick as well.
Then I hand painted some cute details with craft paint and finally two coats of spray sealer with UV protection.
Cute so far but now to make it into a feeder. I cut a couple of holes near the bottom of the container with a craft knife.
|I also cut two holes on the back side, one hole on each side of the bear's tail.|
Last, a simple eye bolt with washer and nut in the lid for hanging. Drill a hole in the lid first. Later I added a large "S" hook making it easier to remove from the hanger. Note: you could also wrap a nylon string around the top of the bear, just under the rim, with a piece coming up both sides for hanging.
Last was to fill with bird seed using the twist off lid, hang outside, and enjoy watching my backyard birds.
I tried so hard to get a picture of birds enjoying this feeder but every time I came out with the camera they flew away. The cardinals are especially enjoying the black oil sunflower seeds.
I would love to see your pictures or comments if you decide to make one!