Inside Scoop: Exhibition inspires craft project

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Have you ever wanted to make your own bird feeder? Well, our new exhibition, Sallie Middleton: A Life in the Forest recently inspired me to create a simple bird feeder that anyone can make! Sallie’s works are intricately detailed watercolors inspired by nature. We have several of her paintings in our collection, many of which are of different species of birds. I immediately thought of this craft to show in conjunction with our new exhibition. I have seen this project throughout the Internet but originally learned about it from a friend who loves the outdoors. You can follow these simple directions.

Here’s what you will need:


Three 4 foot lengths of rope or jute

15 inch grapevine wreath

10 inch terra cotta saucer


1. Easily fit your saucer into the center of the grapevine wreath.

2. Take your rope or twine and knot all three pieces together at each end.

3. Fit the wreath feeder inside the three ropes so it sits on the bottom knot that you tied.

4. Then simply hang it on a tree or somewhere outside as a bird feeder or bird bath!

You can easily decorate it with ribbon or glue seashells on the saucer.

Feel free to find creative ways to attract the birds!