Have I got a treat for you! To add an inviting atmosphere to any porch, deck or stoop I have a tutorial for your own DIY Spindle Outdoor Bird Perch.
We have darling hummingbirds, finches, and nightingales that love to visit my cottage apartment back porch. That lead me to construct a DIY Spindle Outdoor Bird Perch.
One of my favorite days of each month is when I collaborate with the International Bloggers Club. It truly is a highlight to be able to work with some of the most creative women I know. Each of us is from a different country. South Africa, Spain, Canada, Australia and the US. Every month we are given a theme to go by. This month is “Spin Me a Spindle”
You will be amazed and impressed by each SPINDLE creation. They will be featured and listed below at the end of this post.
When I read the theme using spindles, my mind raced all over. I knew I wanted to use decorative, vintage, detailed spindles.
As you can see the birds are regular visitors on the cottage back porch. This hummingbird is waiting for the feeder to be refilled. Sometimes they even peck their beaks on the window to remind us the feeder is low. It’s very interesting and fascinating.
To help these birds out, I will be making a DIY Spindle Outdoor Bird Perch.
Here is the purchasing list to make your own:
28 –wooden beads
51- 8 mm crystal glass red beads
1-spool 20 gauge copper craft wire/ .81 mm
1 small can-Rust-oleum Dark Walnut stain
2- 5 inch length clear crystal strands
wire cutters or jewelry making tools
The spindles came 4 in a package. Ideal for making more bird perches or even Christmas ornaments, later.
The raw wood beads are pretty. But adding stain on them with a paper towel will bring out the vein details.
Be sure to wear disposable gloves to protect your hands while staining the beads and spindle.
They look nice and rich for this project, don’t they?
Using glass beads will help glimmer in the sun and attract birds to rest on the DIY perch.
For the copper wire measurements cut:
28 inch length to string beads on the triangular piece
8 inch length to add clear crystal stands
Wrap the copper wire around the indention on the spindle all the way around. Attaching to itself and twisting at least 3-4 times-using the wire cutters or jewelry tools to wrap the wire tightly.
Now its time for the creativity and fun! Start by stringing the red glass beads, then the wood beads in any pattern YOU like.
Above you will see the pattern I liked for me. I continually used an odd number of beads for balance. A trick I learned when designing wedding flowers years ago.
Following the instructions in the above picture, You can see the middle of your pattern. That’s where you will make a 4 inch loop to make a “hanger”. Once again twist with a jewelry tool and twist at least 4 times. Then you are ready to add the rest of your beads.
Once the long strand is attached to each side of the spindle, it’s time to attach the long strand of crystals. Using the 8 inch wire attach the crystals, twisting it tight. Then string your red glass beads before twisting the rest of the wire to the spindle.
Wrap the rest of the wire around the spindle-at least 3-4 times. Until it the wire is secure.
I really like how this triangular shape came out. But, YOU can make a circular style, rectangle shape, whatever YOU like to fit your style or aesthetic.
The new DIY Spindle Bird Perch looks so good next to the hummingbird feeder. I wonder if the hummingbirds or nightingales will come first. What do YOU think?
Don’t forget to visit all of the SPINDLE projects from The International Bloggers Club below…
1-DIY Spindle Outdoor Bird Perch by What Meegan Makes (me)
2-Easy Antique Chair Spindle Wind Chime designed by Maria at Interior Frugalista
3-DIY Crochet Coral Reef Pattern-from Sara at Birdz of a Feather
4-Anita Created a Cement Grim Reaper using a spindle. Find her full tutorial here.
5- Creative and Unique Garden CD Spindle Water Feature at A Crafty Mix by Michelle.
It’s been sharing what has been keeping me busy and how I am enjoying my cottage apartment back porch with a DIY Spindle Outdoor Bird Perch.
It’s been another month jam-packed with incredible ideas and DIY projects from the International Bloggers Club! I am excited to see which one YOU are going to make first.
Make it a wonderful day, my friends.
You know I go crazy for anything bird related and the birds are going to love this too! I hope you get BOTH hummingbirds or nightingales visiting you :)
Michelle Leslie says
How lovely. Those red beads match the feeder so perfectly. I bet you get a whole bunch of different birds coming to visit now. Hopefully, they don’t all peck at the windows for food :D although that would make for a pretty cool story to tell the kids.
LAURA WALKER says
What self-respecting bird would not love that? Laura
Marie - Interior Frugalista says
Oh, I hope word gets out and you attract all kinds of bird friends to your wonderful perch. What a great idea for an apartment, condo, or townhouse where you may not have any trees nearby to attract birds. Love this idea! You’ll have to keep us posted on what birds visit.
Susan Stevenson says
Beautiful I bet the birds will love it!
Anita Holland says
This is really pretty Meegan, I love that you used the red beads. It really stands out. And those beautiful crystals just finished it off perfectly. I love everything about it.