I should probably create more recycle projects, especially with the kids, because they’re really a lot of fun. My youngest son and I enjoyed putting this together, we worked on it together outdoors one afternoon, and just had a good ole time. I told him his bird feeder turned out better than mine did, he definitely put more thought and effort into creating a pattern with the beads he used.
Creating it is easy, here are the supplies we used:
Empty Chick-fil-A salad container
Rustoleum Plastic paint in Key Lime (which actually turns out more yellow, btw)
Metal ring for hanging
First, spray paint the outside of both parts of the container, and the inside upper edges of the black half of the container.
I didn’t want to paint the inside bowl part much because that’s where the birdseed goes.
The top half of the container conveniently has little holes already in it, but I had to poke holes in the other half with a nail and hammer.
Cut eight pieces of twine all the same length (four per bowl).
Tie a pony bead onto the end, and thread a piece of twine up from the bottom through each of the holes in the bowls.
Next, start stringing the pony beads, making sure to leave about two inches at the top of each piece for tying.
You’ll need a little patience with this part, it does take some time.
When you’re strings are completely beaded, tie all four pieces at the same time to a metal ring for easy hanging.
Add birdseed, and you’re finished!
I was a little concerned how strong these would be if a squirrel jumped onto it or if it got rained on. However, the very first night we had them out, it poured for hours, and they were still just fine the next day. I only had to tip them a little to pour out the water that didn’t drain through the small holes.
I’m a fan of virtually everything on the Chick-fil-A menu, but I’m loving the new spicy southwest salad. So, so good.
I’m not sure if all their salads come in the same size container, but this is the one we used for our project.