I bought this predominately metal bird feeder several years ago, thinking that it would last longer than the plastic ones. I was right. The metal parts did outlast the plastic parts! The feeder had a clear plastic center which held the seed and allowed you to see how full it was. Over time, this grew cloudy and brittle and eventually broke when a squirrel jumped up and knocked the feeder off. The metal pieces were in such good condition that I hated to throw them away and purchase another, so I began to look for a replacement for the missing middle piece. At first, I thought that a two liter bottle cut down to size would work, but the diameter of the bottle was too large to fit. I finally found a plastic container that would work–a large peanut butter jar! I cleaned and repainted the metal parts of the feeder and then removed the bottom of the empty jar with a wood-burning tool. I cut two flaps, one on either side of the bottom edges of the jar, and pushed them up toward the center. I cut down the top of the jar to remove the screw section and then assembled the feeder. The peanut butter jar worked wonderfully! If I did not point it out, most people would probably never give it a second glance.
Categories: “New Life” posts reflect up-cycled projects while “New Purpose” lables are for re-purposed projects.