Bring New Life to Your Garden with a Chandelier Bird feeder
Ever wondered what to do with an outdated old chandelier? Renovations often leave us with items we have no clue what to do with. Do you donate them or throw them away? Many times they lay forgotten and unused in the attic, just waiting on a second chance. Give your old chandelier a new lease on life by turning it into an elegant bird feeder.
Add Whimsy and Fun to Your Garden with Yard Art
Yard art can add interest and fill in blank areas of your garden where plants have a tough time growing. Repurposed items like chandeliers add a sense of whimsy and fun to formal gardens and are great conversation pieces.
Express Your Artistic Side
This DIY project is quick, easy and gives you an opportunity to express your artistic side. Here is what you’ll need:
- An old chandelier
- Saucers, bowls or cups (one for each arm)
- Outdoor spray paint
- Wire cutters
- Waterproof glue
- Plumber’s epoxy putty
- “S” hook and chain for hanging
A Stripped Down Chandelier Finds New Life
Start by taking the electrical elements out of the chandelier. Remove the light fixtures and wires.
Next apply waterproof glue to the bottom of a bowl and place one on each arm. Allow the glue to dry overnight before attempting to paint.
Branch Out with Your Paint Choices
Break out of your comfort zone and use bright, fun paint colors (the birds won’t mind). Hang the chandelier from a low tree branch so you can easily cover all sides at once. If you prefer, paint one side, allow time to dry and then flip it over to paint the other side. Paint hides imperfections like excess glue or rough spots. Once dry it is ready to hang from your favorite tree with the “S” hook and chain.
Bling Out Your Birdfeeder
You don’t have to hang your bird feeder from a tree, instead mount it on a painted wooden spindle to create a candelabra feeder or place it on a fence post. Add some “bling” to your chandelier by hanging colored crystals from the arms. Mismatched forks and spoons can act as wind chimes. Set your imagination free and decorate your feeder to reflect your personality.
Re-inventing Old Items is Addicting
Repurposing old items is addicting. Don’t stop with just your birdfeeder. A chandelier can also make a beautiful planter. Substitute terra cotta pots for the bowls and you are ready for planting.
Some other easy DIY garden art projects:
- Old lamp bases with china platters added on top make unique bird baths.
- Wheelbarrows make great planters or bird baths.
- An old sink or bath tub can make convenient raised garden beds.
- Add bird houses to your chandelier instead of seed bowls.
Turn Trash to Garden Treasures
Reusing old items keeps them out of our landfills and gives you an inexpensive way to add color and creativity to your garden. Get busy and convert some of your would-be trash into outdoor treasures. Your guests will be impressed by the clever, artistic touches in your yard.
From drills and saws to ladders and paint sprayers, our expert staff is always on hand to help you find the right equipment for your next garden DIY project. Want to make your garden an inviting habitat for wildlife? Find inspiration and helpful tips in our previous blog, “How to Attract Birds and Butterflies for a Livelier Yard”. As always, if you have any questions about what to choose, pricing or how-to’s, don’t hesitate to contact us. Stop by our store — we’re open seven days a week.