Tuesday, September 3, 2013

For the Birds

Bird Feeder Chandelier:

Any time of the year is the perfect time to feed the birds!  Why not add a decorative touch while doing so with a chandelier!  A candle chandelier can be turned into a bird feeder by completing a couple of easy steps.  Preferably metal, the candle chandelier usually provides a nice size "cup" to house the candle.  Instead of a candle, you will be adding a clear bowl to hold the birdseed.  Either snip off the metal pick (the part that holds the candle) or hammer it flat.  This leaves a surface perfect for the clear glass bowl.  Using a silicone glue (this is an all weather glue), simply glue a clear glass bowl to each "cup" of the chandelier.  Painting the chandelier a fun color or choosing a shabby chic look will enhance the look either way.  Fill each clear glass bowl with birdseed, hang your chandelier in a special spot, and watch the birds flock to your new bird feeder!


-Metal Candle Chandelier
-Small clear glass bowls 
-Silicone glue
-Bird Seed Cakes

Now that we have created the perfect bird chandelier, we also need to create birdseed cakes to feed the birds.

Here is what you will need:

Gelatin (2 packages)
No Waste Birdseed
Molds or cups

This is a simple way to make birdseed cakes so we can use them with the birdseed chandelier.    First you dissolve 2 packages of gelatin in hot water on the stove.  Mix until the gelatin becomes thick and not milky in color.  This should take about 10 minutes.  Then in a separate clean bowl pour the gelatin and  carefully mix in the birdseed.  2 cups at first.  If the mixture is soupy then mix in some more seed.  Then place in molds or shape in cups each cake.  Remember to put a straw in each cake so when the cake hardens you have a hole for the twine if needed.   Last put in refrigerator for a least 3 hours.  8 hours is best.  Take out, do twine and hang or place on chandelier.

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