When is a bird feeder not a bird feeder?


Well for starters, when the so called squirrel-busting-bird-feeder feeds more squirrels than birds, you know you have a problem! The squirrels had a hay-day with that feeder. They took the top off and scooped out seed and when that didn't work anymore, their sharp little teeth tore through the mesh and the seed simply poured out on the ground. Squirrels 1, My husband; Zip.

Which explains why I found it yesterday, where he had taken it down and abandoned on the back deck next to the ash bucket. I found it when I was shovelling out the wood pile in between snowstorms. It was like a lightbulb went off in my head (pun intended)

Which is why I brought it inside, rummaged through my crafting stash and found this light cord.

I had picked this up at a little shop on Granville Island in Vancouver some time ago. I have since found a more economical version at IKEA that works just as well.( Look for cord set on the IKEA website. You can purchase it on line.) I wove the cord through the outside wire wall and then went looking for a lightbulb in my lightbulb stash. When you live out in the country, you tend to be a bit of a collector!

I found these bulbs a couple of years ago at True Value Hardware in Calais,Maine before the US dollar sky rocketed to the point cross border shopping was pretty pointles. I have 12 just waiting for the right projects. This is the first one I have used. Its teardrop shape was just perfect for the seed tube in this bird feeder.

All I had to do was plug it in and switch it on. I couldn't be happier with my new squirrel-proof-bird-feeder lamp! It can either sit, or hang and for now it is in our cozy living room. A good crafting idea can show up in craziest places!

#lighting #Upcycle

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