Create a handy bird feeder to attract feathered friends into your garden with a little bit of help from Resene.
Weekend DIY with Mark Rayner - Project 81
Difficulty level : Moderate
You will need
- 4mm drill bit
- 50mm screws
- 100mm screws
- Timber cut to the following sizes:
- 20mm x 185mm x 300mm (back)
- 20mm x 185mm x 120mm (base)
- 20mm x 225mm x 45mm (front)
- 20mm x 140mm x 45mm (sides)
- 25mm x 25mm x 120mm (perch)
- Clean cloths
- Exterior filler
- Exterior PVA glue
- Putty knife or similar
- Resene Quick Dry
- Resene testpot in your choice of colour, Mark used Resene Paddock
- Tape measure
To get the look: Mark painted the background fence with Resene Lumbersider tinted to Resene Pipi.
Other ideas: For a rich red finish paint the bird feeder with Resene Burnt Crimson.
How to make a bird feeder
Measure, mark and cut the timber to the dimensions listed above. Smooth any rough edges with sandpaper.
Attach the back, sides and the base of the bird feeder, as shown, fixing with PVA glue and 50mm screws, drilling pilot holes first.
Attach the perch and front of the bird feeder, as shown, fixing with PVA glue and 50mm screws, drilling pilot holes first.
Drill six 4mm drainage holes in the base and attach the 100mm screw through the back of the bird feeder, as shown, drilling a pilot hole first. Drill a 4mm mounting hole in the centre top of the back.
Fill screw heads with exterior filler and allow to dry.
Sand the filled areas and wipe off any sanding residue with a clean cloth.
Apply one coat of Resene Quick Dry to the bird feeder and allow to dry.
Apply two coats of Resene Paddock to the bird feeder allowing two hours for each coat to dry.
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