This Chandelier Is For The Birds

The moments of tranquility we’ve enjoyed staring out our kitchen window at the hummingbird feeder and waiting for the wonder of nature rank high on “the best things in life are free” meter.   We are experiencing oppressive heat and drought conditions here in the Deep South.  Birds of all kinds of feathers flock to the hummingbird feeder for water on a first come, first gets basis.  I got uncharacteristically quiet the other morning, that glazed look of decor inspiration came over my face, and Dave the Builder knew a wrought iron chandelier bird feeder DIY project was on the horizon.

A couple of years ago I purchased two ornate six light wrought iron chandeliers at auction sans wiring.  The price was fantastic- $20.00 each.  I gave one to a friend for a housewarming gift, and the other one I have kept at the shop in “don’t put a price tag on that one, I might keep it” mode.  I lovingly refer to the shop as my personal climate controlled storage unit but, I digress.  I rang up Dave the Builder and asked him to drop by the shop and bring the fixture home.  I let him in on my intentions for the fixture and he assured me it was doable.

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I found a six pack of mini terracotta planters at Hobby Lobby.  The small drainage hole in the bottom of each planter was the right idea but not large enough to fit the bolt.  Dave the Builder carefully drilled larger holes to accommodate.

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We both agreed it would be better to leave the terracotta pots in their original finish vs. painting  to eliminate any potential harm to the birds.  The modified pots fit perfectly into the candle cups, and we folded the leaves around the pots to further securing them.

You could have heard Dave the Builder all the way to Canada this morning when we had a hungry guest for breakfast.

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Total Costs:

Wrought Iron Chandelier:  $20.00

6pk. Terracotta Mini Planters:  $1.24

Birdwatching enjoyment:  Priceless

 

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