My daughter said, “You should become a blogger, Mama.”It went in my right ear and out the left faster than someone’s name when I first meet them. Later that year, my path took a turn, and I am forever grateful for pursuing this passion we all call “BLOGGING”.
It feels like yesterday when I sat at my kitchen table
confused as all heck developing redheadcandecorate.com. It was then, that I came across At the Picket Fence. Vanessa and Heather have inspired me from the very beginning. In turn, I hope some of my decorating ideas will inspire you.
Enough of the cheesy stuff.
Lets talk bird talk.
My husband, Rick, our 2 girls, and I drove around one Saturday afternoon searching for garage sales. I spotted this gorgeous shiny green fondue pot that day. Since that day, we’ve used it once.
I used the beautiful shiny green fondue pot for a photo I needed for my blog. Believe it or not…there was cheese fondue in that pot. I think it was the Fourth of July and I made fondue for my parents.
That was 2 years ago.
The beautiful shiny green fondue pot found it’s way into the back of my cabinet, until last week. I pulled it out and at first thought it would make a cute planter.
The planter idea didn’t survive because I wanted to use ALL of the fabulous vintage parts. Then I started playing with the colorful long forks, and I pictured a wind chime. No…still didn’t feel right. That’s when the “Fondue Pot turned Recycled Bird Feeder” flew into my brain. I quickly got to work.
First, I glued the black burner part to the wood tray. I thought it looked like a bird house so, I used a paint pen to write on it.
Mean while, my husband drilled holes in the handle and in the bottom tray to thread some leather cord through. After a few knots and adjusting, I got it to hang straight.
The hard part was getting the long forks to stay in the pot so the birds could use them as a perch. I ended up using a bag of quick concrete my hubby had in the garage. I mixed a little in a big zippy bag and smooshed it around. Then I cut a small hole in the corner of the bag and squeezed it into the pot.
I stuck the forks in and let it dry a couple of days.
After we found a nice spot for it out back, we added bird seed. The birds still haven’t found it, but it won’t be long.
Hopefully Frank the squirrel will mind his own business.
P.S. We also want to remind you of our “Christmas in July” Balsam Hill charity event! We are raising funds to help Hope Unlimited for Children. Won’t you consider making a small donation to help these children in Brazil get off of the streets and into a loving environment! Thank you!
Mary Beth @ Cupcakes and Crinoline says
This is such a great idea! I never would have thought of this. Pinning!
Thank you, Mary Beth!
Red… you made my day! What a fun way to re-purpose something taking up room in a cupboard and never used. Now it is hotel Shangri-La for the birds… perfect! BTW… now I want cheese! 🙂
lol…I need to be charging rent, Cynthia!
This is so creative Julie! The birds are going to be in heaven when they find it!!
They found it, Kristin…now they want more!
You girl are way too clever! This is so stinkin cute. Congrats on your gig here:) XO
Thank you, my dear friend!
Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen says
Leave it to Julie to come up with a clever use for a neglected fondue pot! I’m so glad to see you’re contributing here. Love this site!
Me too, Val!
I love the way you took something and figured out a way to re-purpose it without taking away its inherent charm. Cool idea
Thank you, Mimi! Don’t you just love that green?
Great post Julie. You are one creative woman that’s for sure! Your birdies are going to be so happy. Thanks for your inspiration and creativity!
They owe me, Meegan!!
Karen @ Dogs Don't Eat Pizza says
You know I love me a good upcycling project! What a great idea! So creative. The birds will find it soon, I’m sure!
Already did, girl! How will I ever keep up?
nibbles by nic says
Wow!!! This is fantastically cool!! Love to learn what to do with old kitchen ware!!! Thanks for the great idea!!! – Warmest, Nic
Oh my gosh! That is hilarious, yet soooo cool – how clever. Jane
When we were trying to figure out a name for it, my hubby was on the floor when I said cheesy bird house. It really is cheesy! 😉
Rosie's heavenly harvest says
Adorable. Love your re-purposing ideas!
Thanks, Rose, love ya dear friend!
Heehee – this is soooo much fun!! You’re such a clever girl Jules! What a great way to add a pop of color into the back yard!
Thanks, Heather!! XO