When I go to thrift stores, I always look in the “wooden things” section. You can find some pretty unique pieces that just need a coat of paint and a little love to become something very unique.
As part of the Thrift Store Swap group, I received a wooden napkin holder and some small baskets all the way from Spain from Maria at My Sweet Things. Well, I mean, I think it’s a napkin holder. You’d put little napkins under that round dowel in the middle, and then that would hold them down, right?
Anyway, you can read all about how the swap works in THIS post, but the short version is that each participant has a partner, and we sent two items that were under $10 combined to that partner and they make them over. And we receive two items from a different partner, and make them over. It’s a secret what we all get until project reveal day. Basically, it’s a lot of fun and meant to inspire readers to think beyond the box and be inspired to upcycle and makeover their own thrifty finds.
I already shared how I turned the small baskets I received into pretty Easter decor. I even made a video tutorial all about it if you’d like to check it out.
I’ll admit that this makeover took me a while come up with a way to make this piece over. I’m not sure where the inspiration even came from, but at some point, probably right before I was falling asleep and my brain was still trying to churn out ideas I had the “ah ha” moment to create a little bird feeder.
It was easy after that to create.
I got my dad to help a little, mostly because he has the power tools and scrap lumber like you wouldn’t believe. He helped me take the top off, and remove the dowel in the middle. It just didn’t serve a purpose in the design. Then, we put the top back on.
Some scrap pieces of corner molding were cut to size and glued around the bottom.
Then, a small hook was screwed into the top for hanging.
The vintage color I used in my Easter decor project is my current favorite, so I gave the entire piece a fresh coat of the same Americana Decor chalky finish paint.
We hung it in the tree using twine.
I’d love to snap a photo of a bird or (more likely) a squirrel, enjoying the bird feeder.
If I do, I’ll be sure to update.
If you loved this bird feeder project, be sure to check out all of the fun inspiration from the other creative minds who participated in this round of the Thrift Store swap.