DIY bird feeder

Posted by TheDocraftsTeam, 20 Jun, 2016

The trusty lollipop stick is one of the first things we turn to when coming up with craft creations for kiddies. From as little as just £1 a pop, you can't go wrong! There are a multitude of ways in which you can use the simple wooden stick for everyday adult makes too – just take a look at this hanging beauty. With just three components, this birdfeeder is the ultimate thrifty make!

1. Line up 11 lollipop sticks side-by-side. Apply some tacky glue to an additional two and place across the ends of the lined-up sticks to create a base for the feeder. Cut a large lollipop stick in half and glue to each side of the base, forming two perches for the birds.

2. Build the walls of the feeder by overlapping sticks on each side, gluing in place at the corners. Continue adding layers until the feeder is at your desired height.

3. To make the roof, first lie 11 sticks side-by-side. Take three more sticks and trim the ends with a pair of scissors to make a straight edge. Glue these to the middle and ends of the lined-up sticks and allow to dry. Create a second roof panel and, when both are dry, adhere the panels together on the top of the feeder. Glue a lollipop stick along the top to give a neat finish.

4. Cut four equal lengths of natural jute. Tie each piece to the four corners of the bird feeder, then bring the loose ends together and tie in a knot. Fill the feeder with bird seed and hang up on a branch.

Project and how-to instructions by Suzie Attaway. Project originally published in issue 67 of docrafts Creativity magazine. We love seeing your makes. Share them with us on Facebook or hashtag your project on Twitter or Instagram with #docrafts.

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