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How to Turn a Coffee Maker into a Fish Bowl

How to Turn a Coffee Maker into a Fish Bowl

I’m not sure if you are aware, but I love coffee. In fact, I can’t go more than a couple of hours without coffee (I’m aware of how sad that is.) So you can imagine how upset I was when my old faithful coffee pot […]

Save or Recycle: Crayons

This is a Save or Recycle post. For more information, click here.  If you have children, chances are, you have crayons in your house.  I have children.  I have crayons in my house, melted in my car, outside under the deck, in the hamper, in […]

DIY: Easy Toilet Paper and Hanger Birdfeeder

I don’t know about you, but I seem to break a lot of children’s hangers.  There always seems to be a hanger lying on the floor under a stuffed animal that breaks when someone steps on it. Or a kiddo who’s too short to reach the bar in the closet yanks an article of clothing down and breaks the hanger in the process.  I wanted to find a way to reuse these hangers.  I had already tried taping them and using them again but the older the tape got the more stickiness came off on the clothing.

While trying to find a clever way to use these little hangers, I started noticing a lot of toilet paper bird feeder how-to’s making their way into my Pinterest feed.

Here are a few examples for you to click through:


I thought it would be a great idea to convert one of these hangers into a bird feeder using toilet paper rolls.  I mean who’s family doesn’t run through toilet paper?  As a family of 5, we always have toilet paper rolls around.

This is the DIY I came up with… yeah I’m pretty proud of it.


Now… make your own:




upcycled birdfeeder materials

  • 2 Toilet Paper Rolls or a Paper Towel Roll cut in half
  • Tape: either Scotch, Masking, or Duct
  • Broken Hanger (you can break one yourself if you really want to)
  • Peanut Butter (We used expired peanut butter.)
  • Bird Seed
  • Plate
  • Butter Knife or Spatula



 1.  Using butter knife or spatula, spread peanut butter on toilet paper roll about 1/8 inch thick.


2.  Pour seeds onto plate.  Roll peanut butter covered TP roll in seeds.  Press down to stick seeds in peanut butter.


3.  Repeat steps 1 and 2 with second TP roll.

4.  Slide TP rolls onto broken hanger.

upcycled bird feeder step4

5.  Tape broken part of hanger closed.

upcycled bird feeder step 5

6.  Hang outside for the birds to enjoy.  The Adventure and I hung ours outside on a honeysuckle bush that storms had knocked over this past summer.  It’s still growing… just sideways.


As you can see, The Adventure and I had a pretty good time making a mess these bird feeders.

Upcycled Bird Feeder action

Remember this Sunday is Mother’s Day!  Get creative and make something for Mom!  I know handmade gifts are still my favorite kind of gifts to receive from my children.

happy mother's day 2013

love DB

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