Recycled Birdfeeder and (or) Planter



This post was supposed to go out yesterday, but my internet service had other plans!  Okay, I was also waiting on paint & glue to dry!  I still didn’t have internet service until late this morning.  Anyway, now you get a post today & tomorrow, if you can handle me two days in a row.  ?  This project has been circling around in my brain for a little while, like things tend to do.  It turned out just like I pictured – maybe even better!  It’s still up in the air if this is a recycled birdfeeder or planter or both!  Either way I love it!

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I just want to say, my dad helped me with this project & I couldn’t have done it without him!  He’s the one I go to when I need help figuring out how to stick things together.  Thanks Dad!

The Parts 

This recycled birdfeeder / planter is made from several different items I’ve had hanging out in my stash.  The item that started the wheels turning is this rusty old mini loaf tin.

I really don’t know what happened to this thing because I rarely used it.  Either way it wasn’t making mini loaves anymore!  I wanted to separate out the individual pans & I took it to Dad for help.  He heated up the seams with a blow torch & they popped right out.  Nice!

I think I originally showed this trio for my project ~>

I did use the stand {which came off my old jewelry box}, but I decided to use this old pie tin instead of the wooden bowl.

The stick you see in the background, along with the ones below, were cut from my crepe myrtle tree when I gave it a trim in the spring.

So, I had an old jewelry stand bottom, mini loaf tins, an old pie tin, & sticks.  Now I just needed some help {and cool tools!} from Dad!


As you can see in one of the pictures above, the big stick had a bend at the bottom.  This was keeping the stick from sitting at the angle I wanted.  My dad cut off the bend with his ban-saw you see in the background.  Like I said, cool tools! ?

Once we got the stick down to size, we used a bracket to attach it to the back of the table.  There’s a picture of it further down.  You can see the first mini tin is attached too.

The blow torch gave these a really neat patina!  Dad drilled a hole in the stick & the tins so they could be attached with a wood screw.  We used pliers to bend the lip of the tin so it would be more flush.  Here they are all attached ~>

At this point I realized I really needed to paint that table!  Probably should have done it before attaching the stick, but that’s what painters tape is for!  That’s also why I had to use a brush & two coats.  #hindsight

After two good coats of Behr paint & primer in one, we were ready for the other details.  Which, as you can see, we kind of started before painting too!  Can you say “impatient”?  ?

Basically, we cut down the smaller limbs & glued them to the front & sides with e6000.   The very front one is attached at the top with a wood screw.

The pie tin is attached with Loctite construction adhesive.  Here’s the other side ~>

Once everything was set up enough to move it, I used a coarse grade sand paper to rough up the edges a little.  And this is what the bracket looks like~>

There are bolts holding it in place because it’s more secure.

Finally Finished….Maybe!

Ok, now it’s time for a picture show!

Looking down….

From the side….

Close up of the front….

Close up of the left….

And the right…

I’m really digging this piece y’all!  It’s missing something, but I’m not sure what yet.  When I figure that out I’ll post another picture!  Here’s what I did with the other parts of my old jewelry box in case you missed it ~>

Bits & Pieces Jewelry Box Makeover

Repurposed Office Organizer with Succulent Planter

See y’all tomorrow!

Linking to Waste Not Wednesday at Raggedy Bits & Funtastic Friday at Ambient Wares.


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    • Kristie Cook says:

      Thank you so much Angie! I do still have the hinges & some hooks left from the jewelry box. There may be one more project hanging around! 🙂

    • Kristie Cook says:

      Thank you Sam! This was a present for my dad for father’s day. He’s still trying to find the perfect spot for it!

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