before and after

before & after: lamp globe birdfeeders

by Kate Pruitt

Karen has delivered so many great before & afters in the past. There was the log table, the portable fire pit and the awesome bird bath. I’m excited to share yet another project from Karen that carries her signature qualities: cute, cheap and amazingly clever. According to Karen, the trick to these seemingly gravity-defying birdfeeders is securing the rope to the globes with a silicone adhesive. I love how the clean, white spheres stand out against the greenery. Great work (yet again) Karen! — Kate

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Time: 1/2 hour

Cost: $4 ($2 for the glass shade from a second-hand store, $1 worth of rope, $1 worth of birdseed)

Basic Steps: Cut the appropriate amount of rope for branch height. Loop around glass shade. Apply silicone adhesive to rope and shade. Hang from the branch, and fill with seed. My advice is to NOT use regular glue. Only use a silicone product meant for contact with water, like marine silicone or something similar. Do NOT buy your shades new. They’re $15 new. At a second-hand store, they’re $2 or $3 depending on the size. Make sure you buy nylon rope; cotton rope will eventually deteriorate and stain outside. — Karen


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  • I’m kind of concerned that the rope would actually keep them super tight during thunderstorms/high wind.

    Super cute, though!

  • I just took the lamp globes off our ceiling fans, replaced them with drum lampshades and have been wondering what to do with the globes. What an awesome idea!

  • i’ve wanted a hanging terrarium for indoors – this is excellent inspiration!!

  • I love it!! I have one of those sitting at home – I might just have to try this. But it really looks great with multiple, so now I have a goal while garage sale-ing :)

  • I love when someone takes something every day and turns it on it’s head in the most amazingly unexpected way. Wonderful before and after!

  • i absolutely love how it looks, but am also a bit worried about breakage. i guess you’d have to place them carefully so as to avoid wind damage. perhaps there is a way to hang them with something solid (like thin piping run over the nylon) and that might help the wind sway? any thoughts?

  • Brilliant way to reuse and recycle at the same time- I am all for things that fit the 3 “R”s of reuse, recycle and remarkable!

  • Neat idea…how do they hold up if a hungry squirrel decides to have a meal? The ones around my place seem to defy gravity and just about anything else to get at food.

  • I use mine as a mold to make cement balls for the for the graden….now I will have to find more to do both!

  • Hi everyone! Thank you for the compliments. :) So far no squirrels have made it in. Chipmunks have however! No big whoop. The globes are far enough away that they don’t bash into each other or the tree. Birds do use them! They’re right beside the birdbath I made last year so that probably helps.

  • This is a great re-use idea. There are always a ton of globes at my local ReStore (Habitat for Humanity retail). I really like Chrissy’s idea of making them into lanterns, too. My only concern would be water inside that would rot the bird seed. Maybe it is pretty dry where you live?

  • What a fantastic idea! I just moved to a new apt and have tree branches just 1 -2 feet away from the living room window. What kind of secondhand store do you recommend finding these glass shades? (please excuse my inexperience! :) )

  • How about hanging them with the macrame rope plant hangers, maybe in a bathroom, cotton balls in one…., pony-tail bands in another….?

  • Sherrie, I LOVE that idea!

    These are just too cool. We are overrun with squirrels, though, so I’m not sure I could make any to use as birdfeeders. They’re so versatile, though.

  • Very cool idea! As for water getting inside the globes and on the birdseed, something I wondered about as well, I suppose you could just angle the openings slightly downward when you glue the rope. But then they might tip. Depends on how heavy your birds (or other critters) are, I guess.

  • Brilliant! Now I have a use (and some more ideas from the other comments) for a bunch of these globes!

  • Just made and hung them in our beautiful Acacia tree in the backyard. They are fantastic – retro yet modern. Love.

  • ok. i made these. I have tried bathroom silicone and tough as nails. neither product adheres the suggested nylon twine/rope to the plastic or glass surfaces (i bought both sorts of globes). this project is saddly not working for me. i desperately want these in my yard. has anyone succeeded? if so, how?

  • Very cute. However, the directions are frustratingly incomplete. “Loop around the. Lass shade is not what you did here: there’s a very clean knot going on at the top but no directions on how to accomplish that. It’s not just you….so many projects do this. It makes you appreciate how much work some of the often-called ‘anal retentive’ people like Martha Stewart put into their magazine directions so that one can really duplicate the project. Very good idea but if you have the big doves we do, I, afraid those thuggies will swing that around heavily: need to get the swing arc away from hard wood!

  • try epoxy6000 and see what happens with that. It is good for glass gluing things to. Hope it works for Ya’ll

  • An idea for globes to be moved is put a hook on the rope to remove them for high wind days or to clean out to ready it for new bird seed or change your plants out for winter, etc.

  • Nice Idea, but I’m thinking I might put a solar light in the opening so they will glow at night….

  • I think this is a good idea. Another thought , this would look great with a small plant maybe an air fern.