A DIY Sunflower Bird Feeder is sure to welcome sunflower seed-loving birds to your yard. It’s designed to not only hold yummies for the birds but to dress up your landscape with a bright and cheery sunflower too!
Here’s how easy it is to make one – with inexpensive thrift pieces.
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National Thrift Shop Day was one of the most thrilling shopping days I’ve had in a while!
Nevermind that the shops in my area weren’t in the know. 🙁
I landed a not-so-modest haul of goodies to keep my upcycle and repurpose heart thumping for more than a few weeks anyway.
One of my happy finds was this metal dish.
Just look at those pretty gently ruffled edges.
And if you put your imagination to work, you can almost see soft petals on the rim, can’t you?
I didn’t land on an immediate plan in the store, but this piece grabbed my interest and since it fit my criteria list, I knew it was a great find.
Great Finds, Great Day
Great finds aside, the most enjoyable part of the day for me was spending it with my 15-year-old son, Samuel. It was one of those unplanned kind-of-worked-out-that-way days.
Aren’t those the best?
By lunch, our family was going in three different directions, and our driver-in-training decided to be my personal chauffeur for the afternoon. 🙂
It’s been a long time since any of the boys have tagged along with me to a thrift store, and I braced for boredom.
I was mistaken.
Not only did Samuel play along, but he actually enjoyed the trip and spent some time poking through the selection of random finds and catching the project bug himself!
And just to keep me off balance, he issued a challenge right there in the store:
using at least 2 thrift pieces, each of us would design and complete a project. The rest of the family would choose their favorite as the winner.
He knows I’m a sucker for a challenge.
I got right down to business when we got home and found this shapely lamp base from one of my earlier thrift jaunts.
My project idea was born!
Deets on a DIY Sunflower Bird Feeder
Lamps are some of my favorite thrift finds!
And I’ve lived with boys long enough that I have to admit I enjoy a great demolition project.
It didn’t take long to gut this old lamp of its wires and hardware and get down to just the metal base.
The boys would be proud.
All it needed was a little freshening up and a great hammered finish did the trick.
Back to the Dish
I started with a coat of the hammered finish spray paint for the tray too. After it was dry, I used two shades of yellow craft acrylic paints for the rim.
This worked really well with a sponge brush.
When it comes to trying to simulate something that’s real, I don’t care so much for a single color of paint. Layering helps by adding shading and interest.
So orange was up next.
For the second layer, I used a soft flat brush and blended it into the yellow paint with an old rag.
It still needed some depth, so I ended with a little brown, mostly hitting the raised ridges.
After the craft paint dried, I coated it well with clear gloss spray.
I gave a lot of consideration to adding some tiger beads to the center – like the sunflower garden decor project from a couple of years ago.
Practicality won out this time though and I decided the birds would probably appreciate a bead-free dinner plate.
So I’m saving that idea for a future project!
DIY Sunflower Bird Feeder
Putting it together was quick and easy. I use construction adhesive for most of my outdoor projects and I especially love how well it works on metal pieces.
I found a cozy little spot near a favorite bird haunt in our yard and attached the base to a patio stone to keep it strong and steady in anticipation of lots of visitors to this sunflower buffet!
Now it’s filled and ready for the first hungry feasters to arrive!
2-Piece Thrift Challenge Project…check!
Now I’ll wait for my opponent to show his creative skills.
Regardless of how our project challenge turns out, I hope the feathered friends in our yard will love this project as much as they enjoy the repurposed bird feeder outside my kitchen window.
Are you up for a challenge too? What kind of project can you design and make with two thrift finds?