Monday, May 12, 2008

squeaky clean crafting idea

Danny Seo has a new post over on his blog, focusing on a great craft project taken from the method squeaky green book!

"Out in bookstores now is a guide to creating a healthier home from the founders of Method cleaning products. The book, Squeaky Green covers everything you need to know how to thoroughly and properly clean your home, top to bottom, in the most non-toxic way possible. I wrote the foreword to the book and threw in a couple of helpful tips here and there throughout. The next time you're at your local bookstore, take a look!

One of the craft projects that made the cut was this adorable bird feeder. If you shop at Costco, you can find the refill size for Method's popular hand soaps. The tear drop bottle is so iconic and beautiful, that I thought once all the hand soap is used up, why not recycle the container itself?

To make this bird feeder, all you have to do is cut out a hole in the front and back of the bottle. Then insert a plastic ring (this one is about 1 1/4" wide and I got it in the plumbing section of the hardware store). If you cut the hole slightly smaller than the ring, it should be snug and hold without the need for glue.

Use a large cork to plug the top and twist some wire around the "ribs" at the top so you can easily hang the feeder.

Fill with feed, insert branch and hang!

Sure, it's not the most squirrel-proof feeder out there, but I think it's rather adorable. And easy to make!"

Take note that at Costco stores, they carry the method hand soap refills in large teardrop bottles. (The same style bottles we see in Target, but uh, much larger. You can see them lined up against the window in the above photo.) These are the bottles Danny is mentioning when discussing this craft. (As the regular sized bottles would be too small for a bird feeder.) I've never seen these refill bottles in person, but I just might have to take a trip to Costco soon!

4 comments:

robertcraig said...

This idea is ridiculous. I am a huge bird feeder and I absolutely LOVE the Rashid tear drop packaging but the bird seed will just pour out the hole. As it is in the picture, a typical finch or titmouse cannot reach the seed. Not to mention this amount of birdseed would be gone in a few hours.

If you want to recycle and feed the birds, go here:

http://www.arcatapet.com/item.cfm?cat=7246

Nathan Aaron said...

See my update to explain this more. (You just hate poor Danny, Robert, admit it! Ha ha)

robertcraig said...

AHA! I MUST have one of those mother bottles! OMG!

steve parker said...

ok. i am going to Costco tomorrow! i have to have one of those bottles! i don't know why, but i do. end of discussion.

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