Hanging Bird Feeder
Made from enamelware and a glass insulator
I love glass insulators and vintage enamelware. If you follow this website at all or subscribe to our newsletter you've probably noticed my little obsession over the years. I have a hard time passing up a good deal when I see one as I figure I can turn it into something useful. My favorite thing to do is look for box lots of "junk" at the flea market so I can have more treasures to work with.
This project should have happened long ago. I sort of got in a funk when my kitty got sick and then passed away from kidney disease and I didn't feel like creating anything new. Then some other things happened, and well, sometimes life just gets in the way. After a few rough years, I finally feel like I have some inspiration to create again, so I am happy about that.
What you will need:
- A hanging pot holder
- Enamelware plate or pie plate to fit the hole of the hanging pot holder
- Glass Insulator
- Small enamelware bowl (Optional)
- Small piece of wood to fit inside insulator
- Screws with washers
- Metal drill bit (the size of the screws you are using)
- Electric/Cordless drill with screwdriver bit
Keep in mind that there are no hard and fast rules to this project. Use what you have to inspire you to make your own hanging bird feeder. If you have a hard time finding a pot holder like this, consider looking for a basket that has a nice long handle for hanging, or even a wire planter basket. The dollar store usually has small ones in the spring, you just might need to find a large plate that will fit inside it.
I've had this hanging pot holder for a while. I'm not even sure where I got it or if it was part of something else at one time, but I've been holding on to it for just the right project. I have several enamelware plates and pie tins, and it was just luck that the base of one of the plates was the perfect fit for this particular hanger. I then began to stack different things on the plate to "dress" it up a bit and finally decided on using an old enamelware bowl and an insulator I picked up recently.
If you have high winds or aggressive squirrels, you will want to make sure whatever you sit on top of the plate is secured to the plate. You can do this with adhesive or a long screw or bolt, depending on the items you are using. For this project I have screwed the insulator to the bowl, but I have not secured the bowl to the plate. It is just sitting on top of the plate.
If you will be using a glass insulator as a decoration, simply take a small piece of wood and push it into the center of the bottom of the insulator so that you have something to screw into. I don't know the exact measurement of the center of this insulator, but the wood was approximately 1" squared with rounded corners (a scrap piece of wood we already had).
At this point, we found the center of the bowl and took a metal drill bit to drill a hole in the center of the bowl. We were not scientific in trying to find the center, we just eyeballed it. We then placed the insulator on the bottom of the bowl and attached them together with a screw and washer. We like to use washers with screws for most of our projects as it creates more of a sturdy connection between the two pieces.
If you want to secure the plate, bowl and insulator all together, then you will also need to drill a hole into the center of the plate and then use a much longer screw to secure them all together. You will also want to drill several small drainage holes if you plan to put out bird seed when it's raining or snowing. I only put a handful of birdseed in at a time and it's gone pretty quickly, so at this time, I decided not to drill any drainage holes. You could also use this as a type of birdbath. In fact, I may try that. The plate is shallow enough for the birds to feel safe, so it's perfect for water as well.