• Family, Kids, Pets,  Home Decor

    How To Build A Wine Bottle Bird Feeder

    September has been a crazy month. However, with the kids in school now, it’s time to get back to business. And since it’s the 15th, that means it’s time for another installment of The Home Depot Gift Challenge. Today, I am sharing How To Build A Wine Bottle Bird Feeder and the best part is that it isn’t ridiculously hard to make if you have a few tools on hand!

    Check out the other fun projects in the challenge at the end of this post and let us know what you think of our bird feeder!

    Build A Wine Bottle Bird Feeder

    In the past, we’ve shared 10 Minute Rope Curtain Ties, 2×4 Artwork, a Pegboard Luminary, Wood Box Caddy, and an Industrial Book Rack. If you remember, a different item is chosen from The Home Depot by one of our group members and then we each make a gift to be given to a different recipient each month. Luckily for me, this month’s gift is for ourselves. Woohoo!

    This challenge is in no way associated with The Home Depot. We just love their stuff!

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    I was inspired to create a wine bottle bird feeder from a pin I saw on Pinterest (How to Make a Wine Bottle Bird Feeder from Down Home Inspiration) and modified the design to my liking.

    Supplies List:

    8 foot 1″x2″ pine furring strip
    4″x6″ 4 Ft Poplar Hobby Board
    3″-5″ Stainless-Steel Hose Clamp
    750 ML Wine Bottle
    Table Saw (Or have the nice people at The Home Depot make the cuts for you!)
    Miter Saw or Miter Box (and Hand Saw)
    Drill (This is our favorite!)
    Clamps (Optional)
    Wood Glue (Or nails/screws if the feeder will get wet)

    Cut List (from left to right below):

    2 – 1″×2″ Furring Strips at 3 5/8″ (the sides)
    1 – 1″×2″ Furring Strip at 4 5/8″ (the back)
    1 – 1″×2″ Furring Strip at 6″ (the front)
    2 – 1″x2″ Furring Strips at 6″ (the roof) with a 45° cut at one end of each
    2 – 1″x2″ Furring Strips at 12″ (the vertical sides) with a 45° cut at one end of each

    1 – Poplar Hobby Board at 6″×6″
    1 – Poplar Hobby Board at 6″×13 1/2″ with a 45° cuts on both sides of one end

    Wood Cuts

    Ok, I’m sure reading all of those supplies and cuts may have you feeling overwhelmed, but trust me, you can do this and it won’t be that bad. Here are the furring strips and a view of how they will be glued together.

    Bird Feeder Layout

    If you are using clamps, this will go faster, but I opted not to. Everything still stuck together just fine. (If you are worried about things holding up, feel free to screw/nail your pieces together after they are glued.)

    To begin, place the 4 5/8″ furring strip between the bottom back of the two 12″ furring strips and glue. After that, continue to glue piece by piece, next attaching the two 6″ strips to each other on the angle, then to the top of the 12″ pieces. Finish up with the two 3 5/8″ side pieces glued to the 12″ furring strips and the 6″ piece added to the front of the 3 5/8″ strips. Sound confusing? Yes, the wording probably is, but please refer back to the photos above or below.

    Wood Glue

    Next, glue the cut poplar hobby board pieces to the back and bottom of the frame.

    Wood Pieces

    Lookin’ pretty good!

    Bird Feeder Assembly

    Then, use the drill with a small drill bit to create two slits (I did 3 holes in a line for each) in the back of the feeder for the hose clamp to go through. The clamp will go around the wine bottle and through the back where you will be able to adjust the tightness.

    Hose Clamp Attachment

    After that, paint or stain your feeder. I chose white paint (shocker) and once everything was dry, I added the wine bottle with birdseed. To place it, turn the feeder upside down insert the bottle through the hose clamp and tighten it on the back, leaving just a few centimeters between neck of the bottle and the bottom of the bird feeder.

    Bird Feeder Food

    Doesn’t it look cool!?! I placed ours on top of an outdoor shelf on our fence, but you could easily add some hardware to hang it or attach a stake to the back and place it in the ground. Hopefully, we get some sweet birdies to come and visit, however, I’m sure the squirrels are plotting their bird feed takeover.

    Wine Bottle Bird Feeder

    Check out the other super fun projects in this challenge by clicking on the images below!

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  • Holidays & Seasons,  Home Decor

    Holiday Gift Guide – Etsy

    The holidays are fast approaching and this year I wanted to put together a gift guide of some of our favorite home decor products exclusively from Etsy! As you already probably know, Etsy is an online marketplace where you can buy unique, custom, or vintage items. All of the following products are items that we own/love and are featured throughout our home.

    Lila & Lola

    Aren’t this calf and donkey the cutest? While coming up with a design plan for our little guy’s nursery, I came across these fun digital download prints and knew that I had to incorporate them into the room.

    Baby Cow Donkey Prints Pictures


    I have admired this shop for several years because of the pretty calligraphy that they do for all of their pieces. They sell many different kinds of handmade home decor items, but I think I love the throw pillows the best!

    White Farmhouse Christmas Living Room

    Carpenter Farmhouse

    What better way to invite someone into your home than a pretty welcome sign? This shop creates beautiful laser cut, letters/words, as well as fun cake toppers.

    Entryway Update With Shoe Storage

     Bubs & Windy

    We have loved having this play mat so much! Since I pretty much decorate our home with neutral colors, finding baby items that don’t jump out and scream “day care center” was important. Our little guy has loved hanging out on this soft mat and learning to roll/play here.

    Best Neutral Baby Play Mat

    Cherie Kay Signs

    Cherie is one of the sweetest shop owners that I’ve met and she creates the loveliest of signs. This one in our master bedroom is huge and such a simple, but beautiful design.

    Bedroom Sign

    Linen & Ivory

    The owner of this shop, Kendra, is also just a sweetheart. Her shop has so many fun designs for almost any holiday/season/occasion. I think we have at least 10 of this shop’s pillows and hand towels!

    New Dining Chairs Wicker Parsons

    Save the Empties

    Speaking of shop owner’s, I had to add my step-brother’s amazing candles to this post. I love the he hand cuts and reuses empty beer/wine bottles to make all of his 100% premium soy wax, scented candles. They are a fun and unique gift for sure.

    Save The Empties Candles

    Vivid Atelier

    Something about cute animal prints always pulls on my heartstrings. And this beautiful digital download deer print did not disappoint. This shop also has cool typography, botanical, and other prints for awesomely inexpensive prices.

    Tween Bedroom Pink White Acessories

  • Life & Family

    3 Things I’m Lovin’ – No. 2

    Welcome to the 2nd edition of 3 Things I’m Lovin’, where once a month I share a few of things I can’t get enough of! I enjoy seeing what other people like; the things that they’ve tried/tested out and are in love with. It is so fun to get ideas and learn about new products, experiences, and even perspectives. So, I will tell you about the 3 things I’m lovin’ this month and I hope you will share with me what you are diggin’ too! (Check out last month’s list by clicking here.)

    No. 1 – Spring Blooms/Blossoms

    Things I'm Lovin' - White Hydrangeas

    I love fresh flowers and with spring finally here, I’m taking advantage of them the best that I can. As you may know from Instagram, our cat Rowan enjoys demolishing real flowers, so they don’t stay around long, but I’ve found that if I’m leaving the house, I can just pop the bouquet (vase and all) in the fridge they stay fresh and protected from feline shenanigans while I’m away. My favorites are white hydrangeas and I’m hoping to start growing my own at some point. What kind of flowers do you love to have around?

    No. 2 – Save the Empties

    Save The Empties Wine Bottle Candle

    Last month, my stepbrother, Christopher, opened his own Etsy shop called Save the Empties, where he sells scented 100% premium soy wax candles made in used beer and wine bottles. You guys, they are amazing!!! The scent combinations are perfect and the prices are super affordable. Plus, you are helping keep bottles out of the landfill! I have several of these candles in my home and the scents are not at all overwhelming, but smooth and inviting. If you are looking for a new kind of candle, then definitely check it out. Contact SavetheEmpties {dot} Etsy {at} gmail {dot} com for more details on custom orders.

    No. 3 – Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish (in Birthday Suit)

    Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish

    I’m one of those people who are super picky about nail polish. I love to wear it, but I can not stand when it starts to chip, so I either have to remove it completely and/or redo it. And it seems that I have less time to do anything right now, so I really appreciate a polish with staying power! Sally Hansen’s Miracle Gel Nail Polish is great. It looks and wears like a gel manicure, but there is no extra light needed. I’ve been digging light colors for my hands lately and I think that the color Birthday Suit is just perfect. Usually, I can get about 4-5 days of chip free manicure, which makes this busy girl happy!

    So, those are the things I’m lovin’ this month? Anything you want to recommend? I would love for you to share, so I can try it out too!


    Psst… Did you see our spring home tour last week? Click the photo below to see how we gussied up our house!

    Pink Roses White Numbered Chairs

  • Holidays & Seasons,  Home Decor

    The Home Depot Challenge – Chain

    Sometimes good things must come to an end and that includes The Home Depot Challenge that I’ve been participating in for the past year. The ladies in this group have been so awesome to work with and I will definitely miss doing this with them. The last item chosen was a chain and I actually had finished the chain project in December, but the challenge was postponed, so I’m re-sharing my Holiday Card Display. I know it is a little out of place, since it is clearly for the Christmas season, but I’m sure this project could be modified to suit other holidays or as even a fun way to display photos or school work!

    Holiday Card Display

    Click on over to the Holiday Card Display post to find out all how it is made.

    There have been a lot of other amazing projects shared including a Wine Bottle Bird Feeder, Rope Curtain Ties, 2×4 Artwork, Pegboard Luminary, Wood Box Caddy, Industrial Book Rack, and a Furniture Leg Snowman.

    If you haven’t already, head on over to view the other amazing chain projects shared this month by clicking on the images below. We had a few guests join us and their projects totally rocked, along with all of the other creative ideas!