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Making a Fairy Lighthouse Bird Feeder – IBC Tin Can Challenge

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 😉

Repurpose a tin can to make this fairy lighthouse bird feeder that both cute and functional

The lighthouse started out as this humble biscuit tin and a sugar pot that we found at our local hospice.

Repurpose a tin can to make this fairy lighthouse bird feeder that both cute and functional

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.

Repurpose a tin can to make this fairy lighthouse bird feeder that both cute and functional

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.

Repurpose a tin can to make this fairy lighthouse bird feeder that both cute and functional

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.

Repurpose a tin can to make this fairy lighthouse bird feeder that both cute and functional

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. 😀

Repurpose a tin can to make this fairy lighthouse bird feeder that both cute and functional

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 😉

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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.

Repurpose a tin can to make this fairy lighthouse bird feeder that both cute and functional

Before hanging the fairy lighthouse we screwed a plastic base on to the bottom of the feeder.

Repurpose a tin can to make this fairy lighthouse bird feeder that both cute and functional

The handles of the sugar pot are great for hanging treats.

Repurpose a tin can to make this fairy lighthouse bird feeder that both cute and functional

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 😉

If you like the idea, don’t forget to pin it for later
Repurpose a tin can to make this fairy lighthouse bird feeder that both cute and functional

Pinny please

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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Until next time, wishing you a beautiful and love filled week.

Made with love by a Crafty Mix

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  • Posted: August 25, 2017 15:36


    I love this! I'll bet you drew out a lot of fairies too! How could they resist! Especially with the yummy treats you left them! I love the whimsey of it! You're a creative Phenom! Jeannee
    • Posted: August 25, 2017 15:55


      Thank you so much Jeannee. I heard there's a big storm approaching your side of the world. Hope you're okay
  • Posted: July 18, 2017 13:30

    Michelle - Happy Heart Made

    So adorable and functional...love it!!!
    • Posted: July 18, 2017 13:51


      Thanks so much beautiful lady :D
  • Posted: June 19, 2017 01:57

    Yeu Doi

    This is so cool. I wish I was good at arts and crafts! You are so clever!
    • Posted: June 19, 2017 06:00


      Thank you Yue :D
  • Posted: June 12, 2017 21:19

    Linda at Mixed Kreations

    What an adorable bird feeder, I mean fairy lighthouse. I'm sure the bird disguised fairies will love their new lighthouse. <3
    • Posted: June 13, 2017 07:50


      Thanks so much Linda <3
  • Posted: June 10, 2017 10:15


    What a fantastic feeder you've made Michelle! You come up with such incredible ideas for your projects, I am always amazed and intrigued what I'll find next time I visit! Hugs!!!
    • Posted: June 12, 2017 07:25


      Ahhhhh Maya, I feel the same when I have a look at your things. Such classically beautiful pieces and so my style
  • Posted: June 8, 2017 12:21

    Angie ~ ambient wares

    Fantastic! I love it and those cute little windows make me smile :) The stones on the outside are really perfect. Such a great use for everything. Pinned & sharing!
    • Posted: June 8, 2017 14:26


      :D Thank you Angie :D
  • Posted: June 8, 2017 00:26


    This is so cute! I'd love to put a bird house in my backyard, but I have a cat who would enjoy it a little too much.
    • Posted: June 8, 2017 07:30


      Yeah I hear you Davi. We have four purr babies so we need to be careful too. I'm glad you like it though
  • Posted: June 5, 2017 17:43


    Oh my you have done such an amazing job with that bird house. It's so cute and I love the idea.
    • Posted: June 6, 2017 07:04


      Thank you very much Anvita :D
  • Posted: June 3, 2017 17:42

    Barbara Chapman ~ French Ethereal

    Really cute idea! I'll have to look around for objects to turn into one. Thank you for the idea. I pinned to my Crafts to Make and sent through Tailwind to my Garden Projects boards for you. Have a lovely weekend!
    • Posted: June 4, 2017 18:40


      Thank you Barbara for the pins and the comment :D Hope you have a very happy weekend too
  • Posted: June 3, 2017 09:00

    Rahul Khurana

    That lighthouse looks so cute and adorable. What a creative thing to make, great.! my sister makes a lot of art out of the waste products. Surely showing it to her. :)
    • Posted: June 3, 2017 11:12


      That's so cool Rahul. Thank you very much
  • Posted: June 3, 2017 01:03

    Gennifer Rose

    I love re-purposing items and giving them a new life. I'm sure the birds will have a lot of fun playing in this!
    • Posted: June 3, 2017 06:16


      Thanks you Gennifer, they do seem to enjoy it. I wish we were quicker with a camera to capture them
  • Posted: June 3, 2017 00:20


    This is so cute! I bet it's so fun to make with friends.
    • Posted: June 3, 2017 06:17


      Having friends help with the rocks sure does make a difference. Thanks Elizabeth
  • Posted: June 2, 2017 19:21


    This is such an adorable project. Your home must be surrounded by fairies everything growing green and nice. Pinning of course. Love it.
    • Posted: June 3, 2017 06:18


      Thank you Leanna, I so appreciate that
  • Posted: June 2, 2017 18:17


    This is the first time reading your post, but will be visiting more often. You have some great DIY ideas :)
    • Posted: June 3, 2017 06:19


      I'm so glad you enjoyed it Priti, thank you for coming to say hi, it's means alot
  • Posted: June 2, 2017 15:44

    jodie filogomo

    Not only lovely, but what a treasure for the birds!! Jodie www.jtouchofstyle.com
    • Posted: June 3, 2017 06:20


      Thanks so much Jodie :D
  • Posted: June 2, 2017 13:10


    This is such a cute idea for transforming an old biscuit tin in a beautiful (and useful) garden decoration. It can be a great weekend project for parents and children, resulting in a joy for the birds in the garden.
    • Posted: June 2, 2017 13:39


      Thanks so much Joanna. Our kids love making fairy houses, they're probably the reason we started making them in the first place
  • Posted: June 2, 2017 04:27

    Amy @ Chew Out Loud

    Awww, that is simply too cute. I love your DIY ideas. Perfect for summer and the kiddos at home :)
    • Posted: June 2, 2017 05:31


      Oh that's right it's summer holidays where you're at. Glad you like you like it Amy ;-) Enjoy the holidays
  • Posted: June 1, 2017 15:49

    Sadhna Grover

    O M G This bird feeder or fairy lighthouse looks awesome, what a fabulous idea of those small white stones. When I looked at it I didn't realize they are small stones. Your picture look awesome under welcome, I have seen it now, LOL. XOXO
    • Posted: June 1, 2017 16:37


      :D :D My hubby hates that picture. He says it makes him look like a brick. I think he looks handsome and manly but we don't have a lot of pictures of us together for some strange reason. Thank you beautiful lady for always being there.
  • Posted: June 1, 2017 13:50

    Candy Rachelle

    I know I will never make this but yours is absolutely fabulous. I mean, it's just so pretty. You did a really great job!!!
    • Posted: June 1, 2017 13:53


      Thank you so much Candy. They lots of fun to make and it's always so rewarding seeing the fairy birds come for a snack ;-)
  • Posted: June 1, 2017 04:53


    Michelle, Wow!! I am so impressed!! This really came out great!! Good job!! So imaginative!! Thanks again for taking the time to stop by!! Hugs, Deb
    • Posted: June 1, 2017 06:02


      Thanks so much Debbie. Hope you have a very happy week xoxoxox
  • Posted: May 31, 2017 00:02


    I love all your series of things for your fairies and this one is no exception. There is no detail missing and if I was a fairy I would feel super special as someone took the time and creativity to make it. The birds will enjoy it too for sure, the handle is great for treats. Do you have birds coming to your garden?
    • Posted: May 31, 2017 11:33


      Thanks so much Pili. We're very lucky to have a whole ton of birds in the garden, but our favorite visitor is a spotted eagle owl that loves perching on the house roof and surveying her territory ;-)
  • Posted: May 30, 2017 13:52


    This is so clever Michelle! So the top of it is the spotlight with the bulb taken out? So cute! And all those little white rocks! I love ❤️ it!
    • Posted: May 31, 2017 11:30


      Thank you Florence. The top of the lighthouse is actually the sugar bowl turned upside down to keep the seeds dry. I'm glad it fit so nicely
  • Posted: May 30, 2017 11:54


    How adorable! I just love it! I would love to try and make one too. I love that cute little window...perfect for any cute little fairy!
    • Posted: May 31, 2017 11:29


      Thanks so much Carolann, the windows actually worked out really well. It makes it so much easier to see how much food is still in the feeder
  • Posted: May 30, 2017 02:58

    Keri Roberts

    Michelle, this is such a lovely repurpose!! I'm sure the fairies, I mean birds, will love the feeder. ;) great idea to hang the treats on the handle!
    • Posted: May 30, 2017 07:21


      Thanks my friend, we'll be keeping our eyes peeled for those fairy birds :D
  • Posted: May 30, 2017 01:06

    Jas @All that's Jas

    You're genious and your aunt would be so proud of you for taking care of fairies! Plus, I admire your patience! That tin can would get one coat of paint if it was lucky and no way in heck any pretty stones would be glued if I was making it, lol.
    • Posted: May 30, 2017 07:20


      LOL Jas, nothing is to much work when it comes to making something for the fairies ;-)
  • Posted: May 30, 2017 00:09

    Marie|The Interior Frugalista

    Michelle, you know how much I love how you think outside of the box and this bird feeder made from a tin can, no less, is no exception! Love it, Pinned it, Shar'n it.
    • Posted: May 30, 2017 07:18


      Awww thanks for that Marie, really appreciate it
  • Posted: May 29, 2017 12:39


    Aww it's your attention to the details that make this such a great project Michelle. Those cute little windows and the stones make it look so realistic. And of course we would not want to disrespect the fairies by having it otherwise. A great repurpose and addition to your fairy garden collection.
    • Posted: May 29, 2017 14:41


      Thank you Mary :D We should never disrespect the garden fairies. They're the reason the garden grows so beautifully
  • Posted: May 29, 2017 10:24


    AW, I'm in love with this sweet fairy lighthouse that also feeds the birdies. So clever! We haven't made anything for the fairies in a long time, but now you inspired me!!! Thanks for that ;)
    • Posted: May 29, 2017 14:40


      :D Yup Katrin, we can't ignore the fairies for too long, they might move and that would be awful

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