How to Make a Suet Plug Bird Feeder

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I often pray for ideas for posts, and that’s how this post came about.

While strolling through Rural King (a home and garden store), I noticed the simplicity of the suet plug bird feeders and thought,

“Hmmm … this just looks like a 4-by-4 with some holes drilled through it and some angled cuts. … I bet I could make this, assuming John has the right tools and can walk me through a few things.”

It took me a second, but I realized God had just given me my next post idea. :)

John made a few practice cuts, walked me through how to use the power tools for this project, and then I was set free.

I told John I had to make EVERY cut myself (to provide a DIY post). There was even a moment when he walked over to graciously show me something when I abruptly said, “Don’t do it!” After telling me to take a chill-pill, :) he assured me he was not going to do anything to the board I was working on.

If you’d like to make a feeder like this, here’s how you do it.

First, don’t be intimidated by power tools. Of course, safely operating power tools is paramount. (Be sure a knowledgeable and experienced person walks you through how to safely use the tools.) My point is, I’ve rarely used a power tool, yet I was able to make this nifty little bird feeder. If I can you can!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. Safety Goggles
  2. Safety Gloves
  3. 4″ x 4″ Board (approx. 24″ long)
  4. Tape Measure
  5. Pencil
  6. Miter Saw
  7. Folding Workbench with Clamps
  8. Power Drill
  9. Spade Drill Bit 1-1/4 inch
  10. Optional: Sander
  11. Table Saw (Alternatives are described below.)
  12. Regular Drill Bit
  13. Eye Screw
  14. Optional: Water Sealer, Stain, or Paint

Step 1: Practice Cutting, Drilling, Etc. on a Scrap Board!!!

Practice with a scrap board. I learned from mistakes I made on my scrap board, which kept me from making them on my project board.

Step 2: Cut the Board

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How to Make a Gardening Yarn Wreath {Guest Post}

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This post is a special post. It’s written by my best friend, Amber. Not only did she make this gorgeous wreath for me, but she also wrote the post as an extra surprise gift.

The wreath is NOT hanging outside where it can get rained on, but for some good natural lighting for taking photos, it stayed outside for a short photo session. :)

I think you’ll be surprised how easy it is – at least that’s how she makes it sound :) – to make such a beautiful wreath.

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When Holly suggested we make Christmas gifts for each other, I happily nodded and agreed, even though I was thinking, “Make something? I don’t own a sewing machine or even a hot glue gun. What can I make?!” Since then I’ve remedied the hot glue gun void – and boy do I LOVE it! … But, I digress.

I immediately knew that whatever I decided to make, I’d write a post for my (and your) gardening friend. It took weeks before an idea presented itself, but it finally did. While at a new friend’s home, I saw she had these beautiful wreaths hanging from doors and drapes. I thought for sure they were store-bought and was surprised (and thrilled) to hear they were homemade …. A homemade gift idea sprung to life.

Let’s get to it.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. Wreath (I used a foam one, but my friend uses the less expensive straw ones.)
  2. Yarn (It requires less than a skein – I learned a new term. :) )
  3. Felt
  4. Hot Glue Gun

Step 1: Wrap the Wreath

This is just as easy as it sounds. Tie off the yarn around the wreath and begin wrapping. Ensure you keep each wrap tight and close together to prevent sagging. Once you’ve fully wrapped the wreath, tie off the yarn and hide the knot. The whole wrapping process took me a little over an hour to complete.

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Christmas Gift Ideas for Gardeners

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I’d love to say my Christmas shopping is done, but it’s not.

I love to feel organized and on top of things. Some areas of my life are like that. Christmas shopping … not so much. I’m still shopping for Christmas.

If anyone else still needs a couple – or many – Christmas gift ideas for those on your list who love to garden, cook, bake, bird watch, and such, this list is for YOU.

If you have some ideas that would go perfect with this list, chime in with your comments. Comments make bloggers happy. :)

So many of these gift ideas are DIY items.

Pallet/Crate Herb Garden (on Pinterest). This would be an incredibly easy gift to make that would be so neat! Make a few modifications to a wooden crate/pallet; slap some cheery yellow paint on it; stencil in herb names (optional); add a few planted herbs (optional); and you’ve handed someone both a garden and a yard beauty.

Tea Kettle Planter (Funky Junk Interiors). When I came across this tea kettle planter, I just HAD to ask if I could use this photo. God has truly gifted Donna with amazing creativity. She hunts for junk, and then turns it into beauty.

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Garden-in-a-Jar (my post at Frugal Granola).
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Mega-Bananza Fall Bundle Sale!! {$2,000 Value for Only $39}

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It’s that time of year again when we all [try to] slow down a bit and get cozied up indoors for the cool weather and long-awaited holiday breaks.

The summer madness has ended, and we can take a deep breath, wind down, and catch up on ebooks and videos.

Today, I’m THRILLED to offer an absolutely phenomenal sale. This sale is a HUGE bundle of ebooks, coupons, exclusive podcasts, online video classes, meal plans, and magazines.

Not only do you get a ton of stuff, you can have them for only a fraction of the retail price. And when I say a fraction I mean a teeny, tiny, itzy bitzy fraction. But the sale ends in less than a week – November 7th!

The Fall Into Health Download Package Includes:

47 e-books – $955 value
21 discount coupons – Over $500 value
15 exclusive podcasts – $45 value
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2 meal plans – $223 value
2 magazines – $63 value

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(Total Retail Value – Over $2,000)


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The 47 ebooks consist of these great topics:
Cookbooks
Holidays/Gifts
Fitness and Weight Loss
Getting Healthy
DIY and Crafts
Homesteading and Green Living
Living the Real Food Lifestyle
Feeding Children

Can’t read the ebook names in the photo? No problem. Click the “Learn More” button to find out all kinds of information about each one of these great ebooks and the rest of the great deals.

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The Priceless Value of Shoeboxes & Cardboard Toilet Paper Rolls to a Gardener

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I had planned on sharing a few pumpkin recipes today; however, our oven is on the fritz. This means I was not able to do any baking or take photos of the mysterious pumpkin yummies. We’ll try again in a few weeks.

When you can’t share pumpkin recipes the very next logical thought is, “Talk about cardboard.” Right?

First let me say, I’ve not done a ton of research on paper or cardboard. However, I know some people have concerns about the chemicals used in paper products. Naturally, the more you can stick to absolute natural materials the better off you’ll be.

Okay, now back to the list. :)

Here are just a few ways gardeners make use of shoeboxes, cardboard toilet paper rolls, newspapers, and other paper products.

1. Toilet Paper Roll Seed Starter Containers

Do a word search for toilet paper roll seed starters, and you’ll see a plethora of images on this idea. They’re easy to make and inexpensive.

A few months from now we’ll all be counting the weeks until our last frost-free date. This is also about the time you’ll want to start getting an indoor head-start on seedlings. So, start saving your toilet paper rolls. :D

2. Lasagna Gardening

Lasagna gardening is often referred to as sheet composting or as a no-till gardening.

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