The kids may be back at school but the summer sun, the heat, is still going strong; making it a fitting time for crafts and projects. In as little as one day, the daughter and I added a stunning do-it-yourself bird feeder to the yard that is more than just a bird feeder, it’s an eye-catching art piece that adds magic and whimsy to our yard. In a few simple steps you can have one of your own!
This dazzling addition to your garden can be created as either a bird feeder or a bird bath. It’s entirely up to you and the pieces you choose.
You will need:
- Several unique glass pieces. They can be vases, candle stick, bottles, whatever fits your fancy and stacks nicely. They can all be different colors, patterns, or all the same. You are the designer, follow your whimsy.
- One large plate or large shallow bowl
- Glass glue: I used Loctite Glass Glue and Loctite GO2 Gel
- PVC pipe
- PVC pipe cutter
- Rubber mallet
- Bird seed
First things first. Find the glass pieces you want to show case in your garden. Remember, they are going to look fabulous regardless of cost. You don’t have to spend a lot of money. These can, and should, be things you either already have hidden around the house, pick up at the thrift store, or score at a garage sale. We got ours from a local thrift store. There was nothing random in our selection. We tested the pieces before purchase to see how each one fit against the other.
We picked four pieces plus a platter for the top. Once home, we verified the staking and height before proceeding. As you can see from the pictures, the four pieces together make for a rather tall piece. This could work, but we decided to nix one piece and go for something a bit shorter, bringing the total measurement equal to our small bistro table. We considered that an ideal height.
When clean and dry, begin gluing!
- If two pieces have a nice snug fit, their surfaces flat and touching firmly together, the Loctite Glass Glue should work fine, giving you an instant mold between the two.
- If two pieces have a bit of give or wiggle, then the Loctite GO2 Gel and a few hours to firm the hold is your best bet.
When the gluing process is done, you’ll have a sturdy glass post you can pick up and move without worry.
For our project, the top plate had a beautiful floral pattern in the glass. We decided to enhance the design by adding a little color. You can do the same on any of your pieces. If you don’t mind a little imperfection, this is a great project for your kid. Using glass paint pens, color your design and then cure in the oven at 350 degrees for fifteen to twenty minutes. Once your piece is beautified, cured, and cooled, you can glue it to the post, completing the bird feeder/bath design.
Now that you have your gorgeous glass art bird feeder, you need to properly secure it in your yard. Once you have scouted out the ideal location to house your new creation, cut three pieces of PVC pipe using your pipe cutter. Make sure they are long enough to hammer firmly into the ground. My ground was soft where we placed ours so it took long pieces. You also want the pieces to extend far enough into your bottom glass piece to make it sturdy and secure. Ideally, place the PVC pipes to coordinate with the opening width, creating a snug fit. Using the rubber mallet, hammer the PVC pipe into the ground.
You’re ready! Slide your new bird feeder into place! Last step: add the bird feed, back away and wait. It didn’t take long for the birds to discover the new food source in our yard. Now it’s your turn.
I’m a mother, a fantasy author, and sometimes DIY home decorator. Watch the blog, going forward, as we take a new direction. My true direction—my messy life. Living every day in reality and making time to play on the other side, bringing bits of whimsy into normalcy.