I’ve seen so many bird feeders made from chandeliers, but this little shade was an orphan when I found it.
Antique matchholder in photoframe stand
Birdfeeders don’t have to be large and chunky. Or purchased from a specialty store. Little song birds (and squirrels) will make themselves at home feeding on seed in a simple thrift store melmac plate on an old iron lamp base turned candle pillar
Porcelain fruit bowl filled with clean cool water and a bone china Victorian berry bowl on pedestal holds songbird seed
I’ve used it elsewhere, but I like to include small dishes of seed in various places around the garden, including on the porch and windowsills where birds are quite comfortable hanging out.
I rescued this small garden caddy from a neighbour’s recycling bin and planted with pink and purple flowers to attract the birds and inserted a baking pan of birdseed in the middle.
This antique whale oil lamp has been modernized with electricity and the shade has been misplaced, making it a good candidate for being repurposed as a birdfeeder (would be lovely as a planter, too)
An antique zinc canning jar lid enabled a more modern light shade to fit the lamp securely enough that birds feeding are unlikely to upset the bowl of seed.
antique roasting utensil is stuffed with fresh grapefruit and hung on a tree The holes are small so only little birds, like the songbirds that are so frightfully endangered, will be able to feed.
This little antique sterling silver tea strainer dangles from the repurposed banana stand above the miniature silver hanging basket. The holes in the strainer will allow water to flow through.
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this photo shows the chip on one edge. The birds won’t mind a bit and I sanded it to make sure there are no sharp edges to delicate claws.
This vintage birdhouse has seen better days and yesterday my neighbor put it on her curb. I think it has one more season in my junk garden.
The lantern had screw holes in two sides that were ideal for a twine hanger. You see that I tied on a bolt to stop the twine from slipping through the holes.
the shade fit perfectly onto the top of this antique oil lamp whose shade broke long ago. I slipped a corner of a plastic shopping bag into the shade to sto
the shade fit perfectly onto the top of this antique oil lamp whose shade broke long ago. I slipped a corner of a plastic shopping bag into the shade to stop the seed from slipping into the lamp, then filled the shade.
It has a chip on its shoulder so someone tossed it to the roadside. I had vague plans to turn it into a succulent planter, but we are in a stage 3 drought at the moment and my thoughts went to the critters who can’t turn a faucet on when they get thirsty. The chip is on the edge and doesn’t affect the quality of the water.
an antique china condiment dish holds birdseed, and a vintage china sugarbowl filled with water hangs from a repurposed banana stand
antique pickle or condiment glass dish
We’re not the only critters who get thirsty on hot dry days.
It’s always a good idea to provide a bit of shelter for your bird refreshment stations. So I put flower planters around this one to provide some colour to attract birds, but also to provide some shelter for them.
This glass lantern top with the metal top has a big chip on one side, so it was curbside consignment.