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 was the perfect opportunity to fix that and make a fairy lighthouse that doubles up as a bird feeder ;-).
Legend has it that fairies will often disguise themselves as birds or butterflies to avoid detection. Only a few humans are able to see these delightful creatures for who they really are. It often takes lots of time and patience. I’m hoping the bird feeder will help them show their true colors 😉
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What you need
To make the tin can bird feeder you’ll need:
- A large tall tin can.
- Drip tray that’s twice the diameter of the tin can
- A half round object for the roof. I used a stainless steal sugar bowl.
- Small stones
- Galvanized wire to hang
- Outdoor glue (E6000 or silicone works really well)
- Steel epoxy glue Optional)
Making the fairy lighthouse bird feeder
First things first, we needed some holes at the bottom of the tin can 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, I cut some rings out of the hardboard. We don’t want our fairies or feathered friends to get hurt when they come for a nibble 😉
Using the hardboard rings as a guide cut two plastic circles to cover the windows so the seeds wouldn’t spill out. One of the hardboard rings was 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 an outdoor silicon adhesive or E6000.
There’s really no quick way of doing it, just grab a cup of coffee and glue those babies on, one at a time. 😀The world is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper
Turning a sugar bowl into a roof
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 😉 If you don’t have a sugar bowl lying see what you can find in your craft cupboard that fits. A funnel or small plastic bowl will work too. To make the roof of the fairy lighthouse, I used steel epoxy to glue the lid of the biscuit tin to the upside-down sugar bowl. Gluing the lid inside the bowl serves two purposes; it gives the bird feeder a lighthouse shape and I can remove it when I want to refill the seeds.
Once the epoxy sets, the “roof” got a few coats of black spray paint. To finish off, glue the fairy lighthouse bird feeder to the drip tray and drill 4 equally spaced holes towards the top of the feeder.
Cut some wire into four equal lengths and wrap each piece around a nail. Thread the wire into the holes from the inside of the tin can.
Fill the tin can with birdseed, and put the lid back on before hanging the feeder in a safe spot.
The sugar bowl handles are perfect for hanging fruity treats.
And those little windows help me see when the seeds are getting low.
I’m really happy with how it turned out. The holes at the bottom let just enough seed spill into the drip tray.
Plus the birds, ummmm I mean fairies seem to like it too. You never know in what guise a fairy will appear right 😉 What do you think? Would you turn a tin can into a bird feeder?
If you like the idea, don’t forget to pin it for later.
Have you recycled any tin cans lately? I’d love to hear what you did with them?
And if you don’t have a tin can that will work, we’ve also used enamel plates and scrap wood to make bird feeders. Both are easy to make from recycled bits and pieces and your feathered friends will be ever so grateful, especially during the cold winter months.
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Until next time, wishing you a beautiful and love-filled week.
56 thoughts on “Making a Fairy Lighthouse Bird Feeder – IBC Tin Can Challenge”
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!
Thank you so much Jeannee. I heard there’s a big storm approaching your side of the world. Hope you’re okay
So adorable and functional…love it!!!
Thanks so much beautiful lady 😀
This is so cool. I wish I was good at arts and crafts! You are so clever!
Thank you Yue 😀
What an adorable bird feeder, I mean fairy lighthouse. I’m sure the bird disguised fairies will love their new lighthouse. <3
Thanks so much Linda <3
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!!!
Ahhhhh Maya, I feel the same when I have a look at your things. Such classically beautiful pieces and so my style
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!
😀 Thank you Angie 😀
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.
Yeah I hear you Davi. We have four purr babies so we need to be careful too. I’m glad you like it though
Oh my you have done such an amazing job with that bird house. It’s so cute and I love the idea.
Thank you very much Anvita 😀
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!
Thank you Barbara for the pins and the comment 😀 Hope you have a very happy weekend too
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. 🙂
That’s so cool Rahul. Thank you very much
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!
Thanks you Gennifer, they do seem to enjoy it. I wish we were quicker with a camera to capture them
This is so cute! I bet it’s so fun to make with friends.
Having friends help with the rocks sure does make a difference. Thanks Elizabeth
This is such an adorable project. Your home must be surrounded by fairies everything growing green and nice. Pinning of course. Love it.
Thank you Leanna, I so appreciate that
This is the first time reading your post, but will be visiting more often. You have some great DIY ideas 🙂
I’m so glad you enjoyed it Priti, thank you.
Not only lovely, but what a treasure for the birds!!
Thanks so much Jodie 😀
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.
Thanks so much Joanna. Our kids love making fairy houses, they’re probably the reason we started making them in the first place
Awww, that is simply too cute. I love your DIY ideas. Perfect for summer and the kiddos at home 🙂
Oh that’s right it’s summer holidays where you’re at. Glad you like you like it Amy 😉 Enjoy the holidays
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
😀 😀 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.
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!!!
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 😉
Wow!! I am so impressed!! This really came out great!! Good job!! So imaginative!! Thanks again for taking the time to stop by!!
Thanks so much Debbie. Hope you have a very happy week xoxoxox
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?
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 😉
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!
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
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!
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
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.
LOL Jas, nothing is to much work when it comes to making something for the fairies 😉
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!
Thanks my friend, we’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for those fairy birds 😀
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.
Awww thanks for that Marie, really appreciate it
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.
Thank you Mary 😀 We should never disrespect the garden fairies. They’re the reason the garden grows so beautifully
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 😉
😀 Yup Katrin, we can’t ignore the fairies for too long, they might move and that would be awful