Give your feathered friends a fun place to rest their wings while grabbing a snack with a diy repurposed chair bird feeder.
Having whimsical pieces in the garden is something I love, and when I can feed our visiting birdies at the same time that just makes it even better.
When I was going through my greenhouse storage recently I found an old chair, and I thought it would be perfect for this first Thrifty Chicks project challenge.
On the second Wednesday of each month I’ll be joining some very talented blogging friends for project challenges, and with a different theme each time it’s going to be a lot of fun.
There are links at the end of this post to all of their fabulous projects so be sure to check them out.
As you’ve probably already guessed this month’s challenge is a chair project. We could makeover, upcycle, or repurpose a whole chair or parts of a chair. Anything to do with a chair really.
Repurposed Chair Bird Feeder
I have a soft spot for curlicues, and I found this adorable small child-size black wrought iron chair a few years ago.
It’s quite strong so I think with a nice cushion it may have been a little girl’s vanity chair at some point.
Before entering its new life as a chair bird feeder it needed a quick makeover with some Mambo pink spray paint.
For making any job like this a little bit easier check out my Top 10 spray painting tips.
I needed something for the seat/seed part, and this aluminum serving tray from my stashes was a perfect fit.
I grabbed my drill and a 1/32″ metal drill bit and drilled small holes for drainage. As I drilled each hole I positioned my tray so the area where I was drilling was flat on the spare piece of wood that I use for these kinds of projects.
Always always always wear eye protection when drilling into any metals, and be gentle with the pressure or you’ll end up with a broken drill bit.
Don’t ask me how I know. 🙂 Let’s just say I’ve broken a few in my day, and I’ve learned by trial and error.
Thankfully this was a broken bit-free project.
Here’s a good look at how many holes I drilled.
You don’t want any birdies stubbing their toes against any rough bits of metal, so be sure to drill from the inside down.
This also makes it easy to remove the rough edges with a file or a rasp for safe handling in the future.
Spray Painted Chair Bird Feeder
Then find a nice quiet place where you think the birds might like to stop for a snack.
We don’t have a squirrel problem here so I’m putting mine in a nice shaded garden spot.
Place your feed tray inside.
And fill it with whatever mix of seeds your feathered friends prefer.
Because I removed the top thingy on the tray I thought it needed a little something extra.
So I went into my stashes and found a tiered stand handle that I just screwed through the existing hole.
This gives the birds something else to perch on, and I like how it looks.
If I could find a glass dish just the right size this could easily be a bird bath as well.
I had my first sighting at my chair bird feeder yesterday, but by the time I went to grab my camera it was gone.
I’ll have to stake it out from a distance when I get the chance and use my zoom. Those birdies can be a little camera shy. 🙂
Don’t forget to pin!
Now be sure to check out what my friends did with their chair projects.
Just click on the links beside the blog names.
- The Interior Frugalista – Playful Scandinavian Half Painted Chairs
- Little Vintage Cottage – Repurposed Dining Chair
- Just the Woods – Painting Outdoor Adirondack Chairs with HomeRight Finish Max Extra
- Thrifty Rebel Vintage – Repurposed Chair to Bird Feeder
- Shoppe No. 5 – What You Can Make with an Old Chair
- Adirondack Girl at Heart – How to Turn an Abandoned Chair Seat into a Farmhouse Sign
- Lora B. Create & Ponder – Leg-O-Matic Chair Refresh
Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…
keep on keepin’ on!