For the Birds
I’m not sure about your areas, but it’s starting to feel a bit like spring time here in Oklahoma. Spring is great for organizing, decluttering and other refreshing activities, but we are just excited about having our bird friends back. To celebrate, we decided to make this DIY bird seed container to store and keep our bird seed.
Clean Slate or Simple Green
Zinc Antiquing Solution
Step 1: Clean
The first step for our DIY bird seed container is clean the surface with Amy Howard’s Clean Slate or Simple Green.
Remove any stickers, sand any scratches or imperfections, so there’s no raised surfaces. If you use Simple Green, spray it on each of your pieces and then wipe it down. This removes any oils and dirt that will keep your paint from sticking. Spray again with water to remove the surfactants that keep the paint from sticking.
Step 2: Paint
For our DIY bird seed container, we decided to paint the lid on our bucket to match the stencil color. The beauty of Amy Howard’s One-Step Paint, is other than cleaning it doesn’t need any prep work. It sticks to any surface without sanding. Use long, clean strokes to cover the container. You’ll need a couple of coats to evenly cover the lid.
Step 3: Antique
We used Amy Howard’s Zinc Antiquing Solution to give our DIY bird seed container an antique look. We soaked the rag with the antiquing solution and generously pounced the rag on the bucket. We didn’t keep a particular pattern, but we generously applied antiquing solution to get an antique look. It will dry darker so stop before it is as dark as you want and let it dry. If you want it darker you can apply more of the antiquing solution.
Step 4: Apply Stencil
We used a Cricut to create a custom stencil. Once the stencil was applied to the bucket, we used a craft stick to rub out any air bubbles and make sure we had clean seal. For the painting part, we used a short, stiff-bristle brush and pounced paint in the stencil area.
Step 5: Remove Stencil
Once the paint has dried, peel off the stencil.
Step 6: Add Wax
Last thing was a light coat of wax. We added a clear coat of wax as a final finishing touch and to protect the finish.
Step 6: Enjoy the Birds!
Check out these other awesome posts for more tips and tricks to get organized this spring!
Ordering Seeds, Stay Organized – Little Sprouts Learning Garden
Organizing Tips for the Unorganized – Home Again, Jiggity-Jig
Free Ways to Organize your Stuff -They’re Not Our Goats
How to Organize Your Life When You Are Not – The Peculiar Treasure
How to Get Organized and Save Money– Ever Change Productions
Don’t forget to pin this project for later!