Welcome to the first official post of the Do a Nice! series….a series all about small acts of kindness that we can do to make a whole planet full of critters (human and otherwise) just a bit spiffier.
For this, our first adventure in kindness together, we’ll be helping out our wild and poofy feathered friends…the little birds who swoop (or take up semi-permanent residence) in our yards in search of a tasty snack to fuel their travels.
And really nifty news about this project? You won’t need more than a few dollars and a bit of time to make it happen!
Okay, let’s begin at the beginning…the first step is all about gathering supplies. Most folks are almost certain to already have at least a couple of the necessary bits on hand, but even if you don’t have any of the needed items, a quick trip to a dollar store and/or thrift store will make the magic happen.
You will need:
- a cup and saucer (old ones you already have that you don’t mind sacrificing, finds from the thrift store, or purchases from a dollar store all work well…mine are from a dollar store)
- super glue (make sure you get the kind that works on glass and ceramic…mine, again, came from a dollar store)
- twine, yarn, ribbon, or anything you have handy that will work for “attaching” your creation to a tree branch (I pretty much have a twine collection, so I had this on hand)
- bird yums (a lot of times you can find bird seed at dollar stores…if not, pretty much any grocery store sells it…and it’s cheap)
I spent a total of $4.00 on this project. If you already have some of these things handy, your cost will be less, of course. If you have absolutely nothing in your home that you can use to tie a bow with, you might have to go all the way into the $5.00 territory.
Use the super glue to stick the cup (on its side) to the saucer.
Give your cup and saucer plenty of time to dry. (I left mine alone for 48 hours just to be sure.) If you’re going with the sideways cup, you may need to set something (pretty much anything) on either side of the cup so it doesn’t roll before the glue sets.
Cut twine/ribbon/yarn to a length of about two feet and tie your feeder (by the cup handle) to the branch of your choosing.
Your twine needs to be long enough to go through the handle of the cup, around a branch, and still have room to easily be tied. Don’t tie it yet though!
Add bird seed.
This may be a touch easier if you hold the feeder so the cup is upright and dump seed into the cup. When you turn it back sideways, the feed will spill out in a lovely fashion. And since you’ve absolutely done this outside (Because who would be silly and eager enough to do this inside? Not me. Nope. No way.), it doesn’t matter if a bit of bird seed goes sliding off the saucer willy-nilly. 🙂
Tie that puppy to a branch of your choosig and sit back and enjoy the fact that you’ve done something kind for your winged pals! Oh, and, of course, watch the feeder intently (as if you have nothing else in the world to do) for visitors. 😉
This idea was taken from the picture on the following pin:
If you’d like to see more ideas I plan to try for creating a happy environment for our backyard wildlife, you can check out my Pinterest board, Backyard Kindness. (You’re sure to see more of those ideas put into action here on the blog.) 🙂
What about you? Have you made any bird feeders recently? Have you used this cup and saucer method for bird feeders? What about the other animals in your yard…any nifty ideas for being kind to our non-feathered backyard pals?