Sunday, May 11, 2014

DIY Bird Feed Seed Can - Tutorial

We are one of those couples who enjoys feeding the birds, especially through the winter.  For the past several years, my feed has been living in the bag we buy it in.  In my kitchen.  Flap folded over, kept closed with a chip clip.

I'll just give you a moment to let that image sink in.

So last trip to Goodwill with my lady Blanche, I grabbed a perfectly squat Christmas tin for 99 cents.

Goodwill rocks.

The feed couldn't live in a Christmas tin of course. (Except it did... for like 6 months until I got around to this project) So, I grabbed my trusty spray paint!

Originally I was going to spray it white, but as I reached for it the pretty blue caught my eye and I thought "hmmmmm". And that's how that happened.

I broke my own rule and bypassed the primer, because I was out of primer and eager to get this done!

So eager, in fact, that I over sprayed and got drippage. Drippage sucks.

Anyways.  Don't judge.
So while that dried, I grabbed the decals I'd had made last fall.

I searched the net high and low for that perfect bird silhouette for my feed can.  The bird that I saw when I pictured the finished product in my head.  I finally found that bird on an Etsy site 'Wilson Graphics' and knew it was the one.  I contacted the owner, explained my idea and he helped me size and customize the decals so that they were perfect for my project!

Once the paint had dried, it was finally time to carefully apply the decals.  And voila!  My dream bird feed can!

For the decals, the can and the scoop I found at the dollar store, this project came in at less than $10! And if you think about it, the peeps at Wilson Graphics sent me a couple of each decal so I could, in reality, make another can to give as a gift. That really puts the total at only about $5 a can.

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Creative Dream said...

Looks fantastic! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams on Fridays :D Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party

Emily said...

Thank you so much! I linked up, we're good to go!
Have a beautiful weekend!

Mindy said...

This is so stinkin' cute! I keep an old enamel lidded pot on my porch for seed and now I want a birdie decal for it!

Emily said...

Mindy, you should totally get a decal! I am crazy about decals right now (especially the silhouetted ones!) and I've found that if you can't do them yourself with a handy machine (I cant) then Etsy has the best variety and cost! Wilson Graphics was great, and after I purchased them I receive the occasional discount code from them!