He Places Popsicle Sticks Together, But I Never Predicted He'd Use It For THIS. Adorable!
FaithTap Staff 10/8/2015
There is nothing more peaceful than the sounds of nature. Now you can entice the birds to visit your yard, with an adorable (and fun to make) feeder that looks just like a country porch swing!
- 18 popsicle sticks
- Scrap pieces of wood (one very thin piece)
- One piece of screen material
- X-Acto knife
- Wood glue
- Staple gun
- Staining oil
Create wood piles
First, cut eight pieces of wood into sizes that could create rectangles. At instructables, the user cut the following: 2 x (14 cm x 1 cm x 1 cm), 2 x (7 cm x 1 cm x 1 cm), 2 x (14 cm x 1 cm x 1/2 cm), 2 x (7 cm x 1 cm x 1/2 cm).
Puzzle the rectangles together
Make two separate rectangles out of your wood. Their version measured to be (14 cm x 7cm x 1 cm) for the bench, and (14 cm x 7cm x 1/2 cm) for the backrest.
Add the glue
Glue the rectangles in place, and let them dry. Once you're sure they are, lightly sand the wood for a smooth finish.
Trace and cut a frame
Since the bench of the swing will have a screen liner (which will help keep the seeds dry), its time to make a frame for it. Trace your rectangle bench onto the thin piece of wood. Cut it out with the X-Acto knife.
Cut and staple the screen
Place your frame on top of the screen material, and trace it. Now, cut out a rectangle that is slightly smaller than the one you traced. Take the screen and staple it onto the swing bench.
Glue the frame
At this point, you need to glue the frame to the seat on the stapled side. This will hide them from sight!
Design the backrest
Line popsicle sticks on your backrest rectangle in the style you'd like them. In order to make the bench look more authentic, consider slightly changing their position to appear curved. Mark each one where it hangs off of the rectangle, and cut the excess off with scissors. Carefully glue each stick back into place.
Glue the pieces together tightly
It's finally time to glue the porch swing together! Before you do, place one popsicle stick on either side of the backrest and glue it on as a frame. Then, glue the bench and the backrest together. Trim off any excess popsicle stick that is protruding off.
Construct the armrests
Each of the swing's armrests are going to be made from three popsicle sticks. Take the first one, and place it on the side of the backrest. Mark it like in the picture. Next, cut the stick and glue it on the side front of the bench.
The second step for making the armrests
Place a popsicle stick parallel to the seat to create a rectangle. Mark and cut off any extra stick before gluing it on.
Complete the armrests
Take your third popsicle stick and place it on top of the rest. Mark and cut a groove in the stick so that it will be able to hold in place better. Finally, glue it on. Repeat this process on the other side for a second arm rest.
Here comes the string
Cut two long pieces of string (the length depending on where you are hanging the feeder). Then, staple them on under the seat, and on the back of the backrest.
Waterproof the swing
Since you are going to be hanging the swing outside, its a good idea to seal the wood with a waterproofing oil.
Hang and enjoy
Here's a picture of the instructables user's (manuelmasc) creation, full of delicious treats!
Wow, just look how cute your porch swing birdfeeder turned out! It will surely be a big hit for both the birds, as well as all of the nature lover's living in your home.