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June 23, 2016

Soup to Nuts…A Thrifty Bird Feeder

One of my favorite things to do on a weekend is to head out on a little road trip- for the day or overnight- and part of my adventure ALWAYS involves seeking out the Goodwill(s) in whatever town I explore. And as luck would have it, I found a new-to-me Goodwill outside of Nashville and spotted a bin of soup pot lids in the kitchen aisle. These two colorful ones jumped out at me right away, so I decided to try my hand at a project I’ve been meaning to do for a while- a soup pot lid bird feeder! 


After I returned from my trip, I set to work on my project. First I gave the lids a good sanitizing scrub and disassembled the knob hardware from each one.


Transforming the lids into a platform feeder was easy once I made a quick trip to the hardware store. First, I slipped a long threaded rod through the smaller pot lid (which will become the actual feeder) and screwed on one of the original pot lid knobs on the underside (i.e., the yellow side, in this case) of the lid. Then, I added a hex nut to the inside of the yellow lid, securing everything in place.


Next, I screwed another hex nut on (about an inch or two down) the top of the rod. (Insert 4)

Then, I slipped the larger red pot lid on top of the rod and partially screwed on a coupling nut, while tightening the hex nut underneath the pot lid.


To the top of the coupling nut, I then screwed in an eye bolt- this way, I can use a carabiner or loop of wire to hang my feeder. Once I had everything constructed, I unscrewed each piece a smidge, added a drop of Loctite, and then twisted everything back in place. This will keep it sturdy while outside in the elements.

And there you have it- my platform bird feeder from two pot lids! The big red lid acts as a rain umbrella, and will also keep it shaded and cool. I’m not sure if I’ll leave it on my shepherd’s hook or move it to a low tree branch…but either way, how thrifty-nifty is that? And oh yeah- super easy to clean, too!


Craft on!