If, like me, you enjoy indulging in a yummy Gu dessert you’ll no doubt be left with a few glass ramekins.
Rather than just putting them in the recycling bin why not have a go at upcycling them to a fab bird fat feeder?!
Time Needed: 15 mins
Why Do It?: Providing food for garden birds is a great way to help wildlife in your garden.
What You Need: Empty Gu Dessert Ramekin, 12mm Ply, 9mm Wooden Dowel, Wildlife Friendly Wood Stain
Tools Required: Drill, Screwdriver, Paintbrush
1. Prepare Your Materials
Before starting this project I had an idea that I wanted to use an empty Gu Puds glass ramekin as a fat feeder for birds so I knocked up one of my fat mixtures (five parts vegetable fat, one part unsalted peanut butter, a sprinkling of dried mealworms and a handful of bird seed) and filled the ramekin without really knowing how I was going to present it to the birds. After a quick look on the internet I saw a couple of commercially available products that held a jar of fatcake mixture for birds. The concept was simple and effective. I thought ‘no reason to try and reinvent the wheel!’ so I decided to create my own version.
I decided to use 12mm exterior ply as I had some left over from a previous project. I marked out and cut the following pieces…
- Back Panel – 190mm x 100mm
- Roof Pieces (x2) – 140mm x 75mm
- Base Support Pieces (x2) – 65mm x 40mm
- Dowel perch – 9mm Dia x 120mm
2. Assemble The Feeder.
Assemble the pieces as above. As you can see from the photo I cut one edge of each roof piece and each of the ramekin support pieces at 45 degrees. If you are not confident in doing this simply make one of the roof pieces and one of the ramekin support pieces 12mm shorter than the other piece. You can then just butt the straight edges together and fix. IMPORTANT – If you are working with 12mm ply you MUST pre-drill every hole. DO NOT simply try screwing the pieces together as the ply WILL split! I also recommend using screws no larger than M3 x 30mm.
BEFORE fixing the ramekin support pieces read the next step!
3. Make Sure The Gu Ramekin Is A Tight Fit!
This is probably the most crucial part of the project. Make sure the ramekin is a tight fit in the holder otherwise it could slide out once the birds start pecking at it!. I found the easiest way to do this was to glue the two small support pieces and dowel perch together, pop the ramekin into position and then pop the support pieces in position below. Then mark the position of the edges of the support pieces with a pencil. You can now remove the ramekin and screw the support pieces in exactly the right position using the pencil guide lines.
4. Add A Coat Of Paint Or Wildlife Friendly Wood Stain.
Add a coat of paint or wildlife friendly wood stain to make sure your new feeder looks good and lasts years! Use whatever colour you like!
5. Fit You Feeder Into Position.
All that’s left to do is to fix your new fat feeder into your desired position and wait for the birds to arrive!
As always, I would love to hear your stories and see your creations too! Feel free to comment below or contact me via my Facebook page or Twitter.