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Paige Hemmis is showing you how to recycle an old chandelier and turn it into a useful bird feeder.

Materials

  • Old Chandelier
  • Small Ramekins (1 per arm of chandelier)
  • Wire Cutters (and pliers - to strip away wires and components)
  • Sandpaper
  • Cleaning Wipes
  • Spray Paint in a Light Green (for Chandelier) and Yellow (for Ramekins) - or color of your choice
  • Acrylic Paint in an Assortment of Colors (dark green, red, pink, orange)
  • Heavy Duty Adhesive (Like Liquid Nails or E6000)
  • Hot Glue Gun/Glue Sticks
  • Small Wooden Rounds (if necessary)
  • Decorative Stickers or Paint for embellishment on ramekins
  • Sponge to add textured paint to Chandelier (if wanted)
  • Rope, Chain or Bailing Wire for Hanging
  • Optional: Shepherd Hook for Lawn (if not hanging from porch or tree)
DIY Chandelier Bird Feeder - Home & Family

Directions

1. Disassemble the chandelier. You will need to use wire cutters to remove the wire from the chandelier cup, and possibly pliers to remove light components.
2. Remove any glass.
3. Since the ramekin cups need to be right-side up, determine if you need to turn the chandelier over or use as is.
4. Use sandpaper if necessary to remove any rust or corrosion. If using a new chandelier, use sandpaper to create texture for paint to stick to.
5. Clean the chandelier with wipe or sponge.
6. Paint the entire chandelier green (or color of choice) and set aside to dry.
7. Paint the bottom of the ramekins bright yellow (or color of choice) and set aside to dry.
Note: Do not paint the inside of the cup (where the birds will eat from).
8. Once all of the items are dry, use liquid nails to set the ramekins in the chandelier cups. Use hot glue to help set up quickly.
a. Note: Use small wooden rounds if needed to create flat gluing surface. (if necessary)
9. Add darker paint with sponge for texture (if wanted)
10. Hang your bird feeder on a shepherd hook (or from a tree, or your porch).
11. Fill each ramekin with birdseed.
12. Enjoy all of your new favorite backyard visitors.

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