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Make your own bird feeders

It´s National Bird Feeding Month, so why not write a post on how to make your own bird feeders? I want to show you a few different ideas here today.

Bird feeders and bird baths are ideal to attract birds into your garden. If you want to know more about why you even would want to attract them and other animals to your garden, then you should read Why you should encourage wildlife into your garden or listen to the podcast 🙂

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Make your own bird feeder from recycled materials

Without getting too involved, you can make a bird feeder from miscellaneous items found in your garage and around your home. For example, if you have a coat hanger, a pie plate or a dinner plate, and some PVC piping, you can make a lovely feeder. Let’s take a look at the possibilities.

For this DIY lawn and garden craft you’ll need:

  • PVC pipe approximately 4 inches in diameter or larger
  • 2 pie tins or a small plate and saucer or a combination of items (this will be the top and bottom of your feeder)
  • Primer
  • Paint (if you think in the environment then best use acrylic paint or eco-paint)
  • Adhesive
  • Sandpaper
  • Jigsaw
  • Eye bolt or screw-in hook which will be used to hang your feeder. It needs to be the full length of the feeder, so from the top plate through the PVC to the bottom plate.
  • Drill and bit large enough for your eye bolt. If you’re using a ceramic plate for your feeder, you’ll want a tile drill bit to prevent the plate from cracking.
  • Nut
  • Two washers
  • And chain or other material to hang the feeder from like string or yarn

Directions:

The first step is to gather your pieces of equipment. You can use plates, saucers, pie tins or whatever you have on hand. The top component will be to keep the birds and the seeds dry, and will also be used to attach your eyebolt to. The bottom component will be for the birds to perch on and it’s where you will place the birdseed.

In between these two dishes will be your PVC pipe. You may need to cut the pipe to the right height if your eye bolt is too short. Once it is at the right height, cut three small notches in the base of the PVC. This is where the seed will come out to feed the birds. Each one needs to be large enough for the seed to move through.

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Next sand the PVC and prime it. Then paint the PVC in whatever style or design you choose. Drill a hole in the top plate and the bottom plate. Glue the top plate to the PVC and let dry. Slide the eye bolt through the top plate and through the PVC.

Place one washer on either side of your bottom plate and screw in the eye bolt, using your nut to keep the bolt in place. Once you’re sure it all fits together, undo the bolt and fill the PVC with seed. Lastly reattach the bottom plate and your feeder is ready to be hung up.

Make your own bird feeder with your kids

Winter is the time of oranges. Do you have some at home? Then you can turn the skin into a bird feeder!

All you need to make these bird feeders is:

  • 1 orange you used to make juice
  • Or cookie cutters or a muffin tray instead of the orange
  • 1 packet of gelatine
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1 cup bird seeds (and some dried berries and crumbled nuts, if you want)
  • String
  • And a wooden stick thicker than your string

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Directions:

Add the gelatine to your water and bring to simmer while stirring until the gelatine is dissolved. Then let it cool down for about 1 minute.

Stir in the bird seeds and add the mix to your orange. If you are using the muffin tray, then slightly oil the tray first and add the mix in. For the cookie cutters lay them out and fill them with the mix. Then press it all together slightly, so it binds properly.

Should you want to use dried berries and nuts, then push them into the bird seeds now.

Use the wooden stick to make holes into the orange halves, either just one or 4. Depending on how you want to hang it up, either with the seeds on top or dangling to the side. With the cookie cutters and the muffin tray: make one hole in each feeder.

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Let it all dry over night. Take it out the next day, attach the string and then you can hang your bird feeders up in different save places in your garden or even on your balcony. When picking a place, make sure dogs and cats cannot reach the bird feeders, nor the birds.

Now the only thing left to do is to sit back and enjoy watching your new bird friends gather around your bird feeders. 🙂

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You might also enjoy reading: 10 good reasons to start going green, 25 ways to protect our environment on a budget, Green living & feeling guilty and  How to teach your kids the importance of green living.

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What to do with old clothes?

It´s Second Hand Wardrobe Week and I thought this would be a great chance to show you what you can do with old clothes. There are sooo many options.

What to do with old clothes? It´s Second Hand Wardrobe Week and I thought this would be a great chance to show you what you can do with old clothes. Options for ripped clothes too! #donate #reuse #repurpose #recycle #greenliving #greenlivingtips #greenlivingideas #tjalvasdiy #ecoliving #ecofriendlytips

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Donate or hand me downs

Do you still remember hand me downs? Or have you at least heard of them? Hand me downs were ecofriendly without most people realising they were doing our planet a favour. And there is nothing wrong with giving/getting hand me downs.

I still remember my husband the first time I brought home some clothes from a friend of mine who´s son is a bit older than ours. He wasn´t happy at all saying that we are not both working to have to get second-hand clothes for our son. We can buy what he needs. I explained that he is right, but many of those clothes were only worn a few times and they looked brand new. Kids grow out of them pretty quick. And it wasn´t about saving money, it was about it being a shame to “throw them away”. Plus, our son loved them as they were from his older friend and had his heroes on. He still gets new clothes as well.

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Don´t have anybody to hand the clothes to? Then donate them! I am sure there is a charity close by which will be over the moon to take them. We give a lot of clothes to charity. Mainly because most of our friends and neighbours know we are going there regularly (I get our free range eggs from the farm next door) and give theirs to us.

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Sell them

Are your old clothes still in a really good condition? Then you could take them to your nearest thrift store or second-hand shop and see if they will buy them.

Another really good way to sell unwanted clothes are local selling apps and Facebook groups. Take nice photos of each item you want to sell and load them up. You might get lucky and someone else really loves what you don´t want or need anymore.

What else to do with old clothes

Do you have clothes that are not good enough to donate or sell? Cut them up and use them as cleaning cloths and/or ecofriendly wet wipes! This can be done with old bedding, t-shirts, some skirts and shirts.

Pants that are too short or have ripped in the knee can be turned into shorts. Cut them off to whatever length you want your shorts to be, and hem them. Long sleeved shirts and tops can be turned into short-sleeved the same way.

Or upcycle them into some home decor. I have seen jeans being turned into flower pots, rugs made out of cut up clothes, bags made from denim, new clothes made out of several old ones, patchwork quilts made from jeans or flannel… The list goes on and on. This reminds me that I will have to write a post or several on such projects… So, keep checking.

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Take your old ripped clothes to H&M

Yes! You did read right. H&M has got a program world-wide taking your old clothes and recycling them into new fashion.

I recently bought 2 beautiful dresses and the tag said: out of 80% recycled material. This made me aware of their program and I researched a bit more.

Clothes that are not good enough anymore to give away or sell can be taken to any H&M store. There you will receive a voucher you can then use in their shop. The amount on the voucher obviously depends on how many pieces you did bring. So, I wouldn´t try to bring just 1 skirt…

Those clothes then get recycled and turned into new fabric to make new clothes. I think it is absolutely brilliant!

Please note that I am NOT affiliated with H&M. But I love their program and wanted to mention it here as I think it is very useful to you.

I hope you have enjoyed this post and have found some new ideas! What do you do with your old clothes? Let me know 🙂

You might also enjoy reading: Why cotton clothes are NOT ecofriendly, 10 good reasons to start going green, 25 ways to protect our environment on a budget, Green living & feeling guilty and  How to teach your kids the importance of green living.

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Make a Halloween sign from reclaimed wood with your kids

Unbelievable that it´s soon Halloween again! Today I am showing you how to make a Halloween sign from reclaimed wood with your kids.

I don´t know about you, but I love Halloween even though for us it´s an imported holiday! Before the best time of the year used to be carnival. Everyone get´s dressed up, is in a good mood and we kids got tons of sweets. It´s a whole week of fun, normally starting with the women having their day, storming the town halls and taking over the regime. If you ever go to Germany on carnival Thursday as a man: do not wear a good tie, because it will be cut off! Men usually wear either their oldest ties or the ones they got as a present and don´t like at all. 🙂 The same day, we kids went from house to house singing and getting our bags filled with sweets. Then there are the street parades where they throw sweets, flowers for the women and some hand out hot red wine to the adults to warm up…

Then I moved to Spain and carnival here is totally different. Here it´s more like you see it on TV from Rio. It´s warmer, people can show more skin when dressing up and the only ones dancing are the ones taking part in the parade. And no sweets, they throw confetti instead. At least confetti doesn´t hurt when you get it on your head… But here, through a lot of British residents, Halloween get´s celebrated. And when my son started pre-school we got dressed up and joined others to go through the streets…

Back to subject. I didn´t want to write about carnival and Halloween, but how you can make a Halloween sign from reclaimed wood with your kids!

Make a Halloween sign from reclaimed wood with your kids

How to make a Halloween sign from reclaimed wood with your kids. It´s always a lot of fun making your own decorations together with your kids. Learn how in this step by step tutorial

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What´s needed:

  • A wooden slat (if possible reclaimed), big enough for you to write and decorate;
  • Sandpaper;
  • Wood stain dark; use one that is safe for earth and pets (like this one), I used Teak;
  • Acrylic paint: Black, red, white and green;
  • An old piece of cloth and gloves;
  • A piece of white chalk; optional
  • Artist brushes;
  • A few bits of inlet of an old cushion or cotton wool;
  • Liquid glue or glue gun and glue;
  • 2 screws, if your slat doesn´t have nails in like mine and
  • String or cable.
  • Optional to hang it outside: clear wood sealant.

How to make a Halloween sign from reclaimed wood with your kids – step by step

I found this lovely, but very dirty piece by the bins and decided to take it home. We wanted to make some Halloween decorations for this year anyway, so this was ideal.

Looking at the slat, it had nails in which looked quite nice from the front, so I decided to just hammer them down instead of taking them out. This way, there was no need to put screws in at the back either and I could use the nails to attach the cable.

My piece was extremely dirty, so I had to give it an extremely good rub down. Even if your wood looks much better, still sand it and then clean all the dust off before starting with the next step.

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I wanted to try something new with this sign, so I got an old cloth, the wood stain and the black acrylic paint out and covered the table with an old bed sheet. Next, I put some of the paint into a big bottle top, dipped the cloth into the stain and then into the paint.

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Now apply both with the cloth onto the wood in a circular motion. This way, you get an uneven coat of the colours over the wood you couldn´t achieve with a paint brush, which makes it look much better. Best, If you use a glove while doing this! I don´t like gloves, so I had stains under my fingernails for a few days after… 🙂

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One other good side effect of this painting technique is that you don´t have to wait too long until you can continue, so your Halloween sign can be done in a day. Take the piece of chalk and pre-write the word Halloween to see if you are happy with the way it looks.

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Then go over the chalk with the red paint. Apply at least 2 to 3 coats. The shaky lines make it look a bit more spooky.

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The decorating is totally down to your own and your kids imagination. We decided to add red scratch marks, green eyes and black bats. Last add the white lines to make everything stand out more and add a 3D effect.

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Before we added the smaller details, I took out the inlet of an old cushion that I stored to make a new cushion one day or maybe use for padding furniture. If you don´t have any, just go in the bathroom and get out your cotton wool. I took a few pieces, spread them and then glued them onto the wood. We used normal glue, as this way my son could glue them hisself. Plus, It´s staying inside, so it was not important that it will stick for extremely long. If you have and want to put it outside, better use a hot glue gun.

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Staying with this: if you want your sign to be outside, do the above step last! Once you are happy with the painting and the details, then apply a coat of the sealant. Let everything dry and then add the “spider webs”.

You are nearly there! 🙂

The only thing left now is to screw the screws into the back, attach the string and hang it up! Voila: you have just managed to make a Halloween sign from reclaimed wood with your kids.

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How to teach your kids the importance of green living

The key on how to teach your kids the importance of green living as with a lot of things in life: be an example to them. If you do it, they will follow.

I give you one example: when I first started to go to playgrounds with my son I always started straight away to clean up all the rubbish laying around. Not only because I find it important to protect our environment, but also to protect my son from picking things up and putting them in his mouth… He was about 2 years old when he started doing the same: first “clean” the playground and then play.

This leads me to another important point: fun and encouragement. Kids learn best when they are having fun. And part of having fun for a kid is praise which leads to them feeling encouraged in continuing.

So, this post doesn’t contain only tips on how to teach your kids the importance of green living, but tips on how to make it fun as well.

How to teach your kids the importance of green living

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How to teach your kids the importance of green living – some facts:

Why we need to save water:

70% of our planet is made up of water, but only 3% is not salty, so we could use it. BUT, of those 3% we cannot use 2% as these are in the form of ice. Try to get your head around this! So, when explaining this little fact to your kids, tell them as well that water is our most precious resource next to air and that it is very important to make sure that it lasts. And it´s not only us who need water: plants and animals need it as well. (source)

Climate change and it´s impacts:

This summer has been extremely hot in many countries. If you have followed the news with your kids or if you live in one of those countries, then here is a chance to explain to them the importance of us trying to make a positive change. With the heat came fires, water shortages, people and animals suffered, farmers could not get their crop to grow properly, so food shortage… Then now you can see a different impact we have on our climate in India. In case you havent seen the news: India had it´s worst flood in 100 years displacing about 800,000 people and more than 1,000 people have died. You don´t have to tell your kids these numbers, if you think they are still too young, but use the news as examples.

Climate change and it´s impact on the icecaps:

My son asked me the other day if polar bears could swim and I wanted to know why he was asking. Well, mum, if all the ice melts, can a polar bear swim or will it die? I explained, that they can swim, but not forever and that they need somewhere to go. Kids see things with different eyes than we do, but if it gives you a chance to explain or you see that they understood what you are trying to teach, then that´s brilliant. The ice melting will have an effect on many animals like polar bears, some seals, some penguins as they need ice to give birth…

Let´s get some facts together: Antarctica has about 90% of the world´s ice. It extends to almost 14 million square kilometers – this is about the size of Mexico and the US combined. If all of it´s ice melted, the sea level would rise by 200 feet! This would cause the disappearance of many mayor cities in the world. According to scientists at the US Center for Atmospheric Research the Arctic will be free of ice by 2040, if the current rate of global temperature rise continues. This is only 22 years from now! (source they have a counter as well showing the tons of ice melted this year so far)

Deforestation and it´s impact:

Every year a lot of trees get cut down which never get replaced. Those trees would be very important to clean our air and to give shelter, food etc. to animals. Did you know that bees are an endangered species now? Instead they get cut down to produce palm oil, furniture, paper or for building plots.

Although paper is not the main product from those trees, here are some facts to teach your kids not to waste it: a cord of wood 4 feet by 4 feet by 8 feet produces 90,000 sheets of bond-quality paper or 2,700 copies of a 35-page newspaper.

How to teach your kids the importance of green living

How to teach your kids the importance of green living – activities:

Get your kids involved in recycling:

Take or send them to the glass container, let them help you sort the recycling or give them the responsibility over one of the recycling bins. Make it fun and easy for them.

Visit a local farm:

If you live in the countryside, this should be very easy to do. A fun activity to plan in advance as well if you live in the city are visits to a farm where you can pick the produce yourself. Where I used to live, there were strawberry farms you could go and pick your own. You then pay by weight. Here it is oranges. This will not only be a lot of fun, but it also teaches your kids a lot about healthy eating, looking after plants and animals and nature.

Plan a green holiday:

Many hotels now offer green activities for kids, so look for one of those when you plan your next holiday. Or book a holiday on a farm, more and more farms are offering this option now too.

Donate:

Next time you are sorting things out to donate, involve your kids and take them with you to see where their toys, clothes etc. go. They will be much more willing to give them away when they see what they get used for.

Teach your kids that life is precious:

As an example: I hate spiders, but when we spot a spider in the house, I always find a way to get it out unharmed and alive. I want to give a good example to our son. I our house the only living things that get killed are mosquitoes. Anything else we try to get rid off naturally, no chemical sprays, nothing. Should we have a really big spider one day, chances are that me and my son will run out of the house instead of the spider…

Make your own bird feeder with your kids

Then watch the birds come to it in winter. You don´t even need a garden for this. Making it and then watching the birds will give your kids enthusiasm.

Grow a bean stork with them:

Cut a plastic bottle to make a pot, fill it with earth, place a bean, water the earth and cover it again with the rest of the bottle to keep the moisture in. Beans grow very quick, so it will keep their interest. Don´t forget to take the top off once you see your bean grow.

Find fun repurposing and upcycling projects to do with them:

I give you a few examples of easy to do crafts my son has done at summer camp:

  • They created a vertical garden out of bottles on the fence;
  • They made seed bombs;
  • From a plastic bottle, an old towel and a rubber band they created. All you need is a bowl of water with a drop of washing up liquid. Dip the cloth part in and then low through the other side.

How to teach your kids the importance of going green; bubble maker

  • Using bottle tops and toilet roll carton, they created fun animals like this one:

How to teach your kids the importance of going green; Cardboard animal

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