You all know I have a passion for turning old junk into something useful and beautiful, so when I was asked to join a group of bloggers to be part of a “junk revision challenge,” I was beyond thrilled!
We will be posting the first of each month with a specific “junk” theme in mind. I have been thinking of making some pallet bird feeders for some time now. Since this months theme is outdoor junk, I decided this would be the perfect time to create a few feeders.
My hubby got busy tearing apart a pallet while I sat on the patio and enjoyed a cocktail. (Needless to say, this was not my hubby’s favorite part of the project.) To see what else I’ve made with pallets check out my entryway bench or pallet table.
My amazing hubby then cut the pallet wood into random lengths and screwed all the pieces together. (once again, I just observed this part.)
We also used a few scrap pieces of plywood left over from our bathroom makeover to make a little tray for the bird seed to set in.
Because we were planning on hanging our feeders, we attached a piece of wood across the top so we could later screw in something to hang it up with.
Every good bird feeder needs a nice roof, right? So, we cut a few leftover shingles from when we replaced the roof on our house and made little shingle roofs. They were super easy to cut with tin snips.
We used small nails to attach the shingles onto the wood.
Because pallet wood can be really rough, I went over the feeders with a hand sander to smooth everything out before painting.
My little ones were anxious to help out, so I let them each paint the bird feeder of their choice. (Maybe I like these little feeders so much because everyone else did all of the work for me. Hehe!)
Okay, here’s where I came in. I dressed up the bird feeders a little with craft paint and a few stencils.
I attached a small screw eye to the top of the bird feeders so they can easily be hung.
I just love how they all turned out.
I think this green stenciled bird feeder is my favorite. I used the same stencil technique on these tin can planters.
I love that these were made with junk we had lying around the house. A pallet and a few shingles is all you need to make your own bird feeders.
I hope these simple pallet bird feeders have inspired you to use what you have to create a beautiful home and outdoor space.
To get more outdoor junkin’ inspiration, check out these other junk visionaries.