A client gave me that cute little decorative birdhouse shown in the pic. I wanted to do something special with it, so I decided to make it part of a unique bird feeder!
Making it was very easy, took about 30 minutes, and cost less than $10. What a deal! I screwed the 2′ x 2′ pine plywood base to the balcony railing, used exterior wood glue to glue 1″ x 1-1/2″ edging to keep the seed from flying everywhere and for the birds to stand on, and glued the birdhouse to the center. A gap was left between the edging pieces for water to drain.
A couple of things I might change in the future: 1. If the base wiggles too much in the wind, I’ll brace it to the railing. 2. If water doesn’t drain off well, I’ll drill drainage holes and cover them with screen.
I left it natural, but it could be painted or stained. Just be careful as to what type is used as to bird toxicity. We want to feed the birds, not kill them.
This is a fun and easy project that you can do with the kids to get them interested in bringing birds into the garden. Add some nectar plants for the hummingbirds, and soon your garden will be where all the birds hang out.
Next I need to put a birdbath out for them so they have everything they need on my little balcony. I’ll let you know how long it takes for them to come visit.
Happy digging in the dirt …
Jeanni and Gibbs