Daily Archives: June 3, 2013

My Very First Tutorial

I’m still stumbling my way around Pinterest. Although I “follow” a few of my friends, I find that I prefer just typing in a search term to see what ideas folks have.

Recently I saw this cute little bird feeder, made from a creamer and saucer. I’m not sure about Pinterest etiquette: am I supposed to give credit to the person who pinned it? As I said, I’m still stumbling learning.

pinterest bird feeder

Since dishes like this can be bought for a song at thrift shops, I went shopping. Motor Man and I made a feeder, and learned a few things from the first one. He thought sharing how we made it might be an interesting blog post.

Here are our supplies: A creamer, saucer, tape measure, Sharpie, JB Weld (bought at our local NAPA auto parts store), an alcohol wipe to clean the surfaces before gluing and the hook for hanging. We forgot one thing in the photo, though: double sided tape, which you can see on the mouth of the creamer.

supplies

First we needed to find the center of gravity, so the feeder would hang level. We attached the tape to the creamer and placed it on the saucer. Then I held it up, using the hanger, and we moved the creamer until the feeder would hang correctly.  Motor Man marked where the creamer should be placed on the saucer.  (Now I remember that this step made the tape measure unnecessary. Lesson learned from bird feeder #1.)

w tape

Then I mixed the JB Weld (there are two tubes, and you mix them in equal parts).

mixing jb weld

I put an ample amount of glue on both the pitcher and the saucer.

glue on pitcher

Then I placed the creamer on the saucer and let the glue set up for 24 hours. Thankfully I didn’t have to hold it the entire time.

placing

And here’s our bird feeder.

my bird feeder

The birds wouldn’t cooperate for me to get a photo of them dining here.  But, suffice it to say that this little feeder gets refilled often.