A Reel Bird Feeder

April 27th, 2011 in blog, projects     
suewhitney Sue Whitney, editor
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Now this looks like a meal fit for royal birds. Just getting ready for the upcoming for the upcoming royal wedding!
A vintage reel (what else?), some Rustoleum Hammered Finish paint, 5/8 inch threaded rod, custard cups, and a handful of nuts, bolts, and washers is what youll need. What wont you need? Tools!
An eye bolt, two 5/8th inch nuts, washers to match, and a coupler nut. Here we go with the marriage thing again!
Put one nut and washer on first leaving enough room to attach the other set at the bottom of the reel....about two inches.
Stick rod through center of top of reel.
Attach remaining washer and nut to the rod at the bottom of the reel.
Screw on your coupler nut to the top of the rod.
Then....screw in the eye bolt to the other end of coupler nut. A marriage made in heaven! This will allow you to hang feeder from a hook or attach a length of rope to hang it from a tree.
Once the bird feeder was put together I spray painted the entire piece with Rustoleum Hammered Finish paint. Personally, I would leave the feeder in its natural state, but I wanted to provide an option for those of you who like a more finished look.
Vintage or new custard cups fit nicely in the holes.
Fill the cups with fresh fruit, bird seed, and water. What you fill the feeder with will depend on what type of birds you would like to attract. 
Hang your feeder from a tree and pray for warmer weather. As you can see no little birdies are perched here. I think they all decided it is still winter in Minnesota and flew back South.
Now this looks like a meal fit for royal birds. Just getting ready for the upcoming for the upcoming royal wedding!

Now this looks like a meal fit for royal birds. Just getting ready for the upcoming for the upcoming royal wedding!

OK...this may be the last reel project I do, but I'm not making any promises. This one is obviously for the birds, but the same project could be used to hang on a porch with water and floating flowers or as an outdoor candle holder. The fact that it is all metal (with the exception of the custard cups) makes it ideal for outdoor use. 

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Comments (14)

Funky_Junk_Donna writes:

Love this idea! Out here I'd be putting in peanuts for the Stellar Jays. I saw 7 of them on one bush last week and there was no feed. Imagine what there could be if there was! :)

I had no idea birds liked fruit. I sure hope my dog doesn't.


Posted: 10:06 am on May 2nd
suewhitney writes: Hi Donald,

Please send all info including images to junkmarketstyle@gmail.com. and I'll check in to it!. As I tighten the site up there will be room for advertising such events. Thanks!!

Be Well,

Posted: 7:47 am on May 2nd
tvman39 writes: Hello Sue, I would like to know how to let all the members know about the 8th Annual Hwy 70 Yard Sale. The sale runs along Hwy 70 between Memphis TN & Nashville TN. The dates this year are June 9th, 10th & 11th. If you need more info you are welcome to contact me.

Donald Bush

By the way that is a neat bird feeder. Posted: 6:32 am on May 2nd
piecesofthepast writes: I never get sick of looking at these things because I never find good junk like this!! GREAT WORK!! Posted: 10:59 am on May 1st
CottageElements writes: I was thinkin' the same thing, Jimbo. Them birds must be mighty special! Wondering what kind of hors d'oeuvres you'll be serving up at your next get together. Caviar with Dom Perignon? Just be sure to let me know when that'll be and I'll be right over ;)

Anyway, we never get tired of your ideas. Always fresh and unique!

Lani Posted: 1:57 pm on April 28th
suewhitney writes: Thanks everyone! Peg your booth at Marburger was FABULOUS. Always like to visit you when I am in town. Hope to see you in October! Sandy....funny you should mention that. This morning my dog was going crazy and when I looked outside the squirrel was spinning on the reel and my do, a JRT was jumping, jumping, jumping trying to get that poor squirrel! Guess I'll have to put nuts in it!

Be Well,
Sue Posted: 12:19 pm on April 28th
sandyrae writes: love the idea of birds feeding from it but the squirrels in my back yard would have other plans... I can see them now thinking it was a mini merry go round. I might just make one to watch the fun! Posted: 5:29 am on April 28th
peg writes: Hi Sue!! Talked to Teresa Cano today and she told me you had posted pics of my booth at Marburger. They look so beautiful! Thanks so much. I am honored to have caught your "Junk" eye. You are so right, there are many, many great dealers at Marburger. Please keep in touch when you travel back to Texas. Love to get together and brainstorm!! Kisses Peg Posted: 4:43 pm on April 27th
chippingcharm writes: Too fun Sue...lucky birds :) Laurel Posted: 4:32 pm on April 27th
RustyDiva writes: "Reel" nice Sue. (haha couldn't resist) Glad you're looking out for the feathered friends. So many possibilities here! Posted: 2:23 pm on April 27th
snelson4778 writes: I love it , I wish I could find an old reel like that! Posted: 2:13 pm on April 27th
JunkArchitect writes: Susie Q, if your bird feeder had been passed around at our Christmas party everyone would have been thrilled. Even cocktail weenies would have been a major upgrade. There was a platter of calamari going around and I'm positive the squid wasn't dead.

See you in December!


Posted: 1:15 pm on April 27th
suewhitney writes: Hey Jimbo...

Guess I will have to be the next party planner at your holiday events if this looks better than the hors d'ouervres you serve up there in Connecticut. I'd at least break out the cocktail weenies. Ah, hahaha! The fruit is for the Orioles. Build it and they will come. At least that's what I'm told.

S. Posted: 12:30 pm on April 27th
JunkArchitect writes: Dang woman, you sure feed your birds like royalty in Minnesota. Here in Connecticut we crunch up stale bread and fling it out the back door. That looks better than the hors d'oeuvres we had at our last Christmas party.
Anyway, thanks for showing us the fancy Minnesotan way of feeding birds. I love the entire concept and especially the hammered finish look.


Posted: 12:22 pm on April 27th
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