It’s the last Monday of the month which means it’s time for another International Blogger’s Club Challenge. Last month we all had to make something for our outdoor space. This month it’s all about recycling or upcycling a tin can. If you’ve been following our blog for a while, you’ll know that we love making things for our garden fairies. The tin can challenge made me realize that we haven’t made anything for them in a while. This would be the perfect opportunity to fix that.
Legend has it that fairies will often disguise themselves as birds or butterflies to avoid detection. Only a few humans are able see these delightful creatures for who they really are. It often takes lots of time and patience. So, to encourage them to show their true colors we decided to recycled our tin can into this cute fairy lighthouse that’s doubles up as a bird feeder 😉
The lighthouse started out as this humble biscuit tin and a sugar pot that we found at our local hospice.
Making the fairy lighthouse bird feeder
First things first, we needed some holes at the bottom of the biscuit tin for the bird food to flow out of. The easiest way I found was to drill a few small holes quite close together and then use pliers to cut between the holes. The size of the holes will determine how much food is released.
I used the same technique to make two holes higher up to create little windows for the fairy lighthouse. That way I can see how full the feeder is 😉 To hide the rough edges of the holes, the hubby cut some rings out of hardboard, while I cut two plastic circles to cover the windows so the seeds wouldn’t spill out. One of the hardboard rings were cut in half to form an arch over the feeder holes at the bottom of the tin.
The biscuit tin and the hardboard rings got a quick coat of spray paint and I used a sharpie to draw a cross on the plastic circles, before gluing the window rings to the tin can.
Now for the fun bit, gluing small stones to the biscuit tin using a outdoor silicon adhesive. There’s really no quick way of doing it, just grab a cup of coffee and glue those babies on, one at a time. 😀
As luck would have it the sugar bowl fit perfectly on top of the tin can. Maybe the fairies were trying to tell me something 😉
To make the roof of the fairy lighthouse, I used steel epoxy to glue the lid of the biscuit tin to the inside of the sugar bowl. Once the epoxy had set, the “roof” got a few coats of black spray paint.
Before hanging the fairy lighthouse we screwed a plastic base on to the bottom of the feeder.
The handles of the sugar pot are great for hanging treats.
I’m really happy with how it turned out and the birds, ummmm I mean fairies seems to like it too. You never know in what guise a fairy will appear right 😉
Have you recycled any tin cans lately? I’d love to hear what you did with them.Oh and don’t forget to go have a look at what the other ladies have done with their tin cans.
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