Sunday, August 21, 2016

Decorative bird feeder or even a place where insects can visit the local watering hole.

I found these bright and colorful plates at the local Goodwill store and thought they would brighten up a flower bed or two.


  I put pebbles in the dishes so bees or butterflies could safely land on the pebbles to drink. You could put bird seed in them but I would attach a dowel or stick so the birds could land easily or just a pretty plate in your garden! Enjoy!



Supplies you will need for one plate:

1  3-4 foot piece of 1/2 inch copper pipe  ( I bought 10 foot of copper pipe and cut it into 2 pieces that measured 3 1/2 foot and one that measured 3 foot).

1   1/2 inch copper end cap.

1   1 1/4 inch fender washer.

  Gorilla glue epoxy

Epoxy the washer to the bottom of the plate. Let dry overnight. Epoxy the copper endcap to the washer and let dry overnight.

Sand the end of the copper pipe down with 80 grit sandpaper then switch to 120 grit sandpaper so the plate will easily slide off for cleaning. An orbital sander works well.