2 Fun and Easy DIY Bird Feeders

Now that the weather has cleared up and we’re waking up to the sounds of birds chirping, we can start making crafts for outdoors. What better idea than to make a bird feeder to supply your favorite backyard friends with food. Bird feeders are not only great decorative outdoor projects, but allow for learning opportunities with your children by watching the birds enjoy their lunch. Here are two different bird feeder craft ideas!

Cookie Cutter Bird Feeder

This bird-feeder is so cute and your children can do most of the work! You can also choose any shape of cookie cutter to celebrate any occasion.

bird feeder

Materials

bird seed

unflavoured gelatin

large cookie cutters

straws cut into 2 inch pieces

string (such as jute or baker’s twine)

Directions

1. Dissolve 2 tablespoons of gelatin into 2/3 cup of boiling water.

2. After gelatin completely dissolves, add 2 cups of bird seed and mix together.

3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place cookie cutters on sheet.

4. Fill cookie cutters with bird seed mixture and press tight.

5. Insert straw into each shape to create a hole in order to hang later.

6. Allow to dry for 3-4 hours before gently pushing them out of cookie cutters and finish drying overnight.

7. Remove the straw to loop string through the hole and hang outside!

Orange Bird Feeder

This bird feeder is equally as decorative while giving off a fantastic aroma to your backyard. It is also basically effortless!

orange bird feeder

Materials

orange

twine, yarn or string, cut into 24″ lengths

bird seed

Directions 

1. Cut the orange in half with a sharp knife and scoop out the flesh.

2. Pierce 4 small holes on opposite sides and thread twine from one hole and out the opposite end.

3. Repeat with a second piece of twine and the two other holes.

4. Gather ends together and tie in a know.

5. Fill with bird seed and hang from sturdy branches!

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Don’t Be Fooled By That Perfect Photo

– things are not always what they seem

We have all seen them – the photos on Facebook of the picture-perfect husband, kids and dogs – not a hair out of place. Or the shots from the uber cool office with the smiling staff and perfectly organized and super stylish office that looks like a Pinterest Board. It can be easy to feel that sting of envy. But remember – things are not always as they seem. My friend and fellow entrepreneur, Carey Baker, sums it up perfectly. Carey is a business owner, a wife and a mom who is also a gifted writer. If you have ever had a morning where anything that could go wrong DID go wrong, you will like this one. Enjoy!

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Every smile has a story, and that story is not always pretty or glamorous – by Carey Baker  

At the end of August, I posted a photo on the first day of school, like so many proud parents do, and received a ton of likes and comments about how cute it was.  As the day progressed, I began to feel a little guilty because the photo portrayed a perfectly little happy family, when in actuality the day was full of bumps, screams, tears, and traffic jams!  My guilt turned to a desire for complete honesty, so I posted a second “confession” that night.

In short, my confession explained a day that started with tears of fear about a new school and change.  It continued with one of our dogs running away during the photo shoot, only to be returned covered in mud. Then it proceeded to a New York-style traffic jam in the pick-up line, which even included some not-so-kind one-finger gestures by a few disgruntled drivers. In the end, we all survived day one, and we repeated the steps, albeit much more smoothly, the next day and beyond!

Why do I share this with you?  It’s simple: managing people, departments, or even a company is not easy.  We might receive accolades for great performance, growth, or a job well done, but I would bet that every single one of you reading this has felt that tinge of guilt before when hiding fear, frustration, and uncertainty with a smile.  ProRecruiters has received some great publicity, which might give the perception that we are large and beyond struggle, but in reality we are still working really hard to make it.  A CEO whom I admire shared with me recently that one common characteristic that successful people possess is their willingness to take risks. They research and evaluate, but they take action.  Owning a company or managing a team is not easy.  It requires taking risks even when we are not certain of the outcome: “Do I get that line of credit increase so I can accept this order?”, “Do I hire this person and increase my budget by X$?”, “Do I expand our services and run the risk of failing?”

We have all faced these challenges. We must make the decision to celebrate our successes, learn from our failures, and face our fears head on.  Just like in our personal lives, nothing works perfectly every time.  So this month I want to remind each and every one of you who runs your own company, are looking for work or managing people of this simple thing: you are not alone.  The challenges you face and the fears you deal with are not unique to you.  Someone else has dealt with this as well.  I hope that knowing you are not alone and knowing this is a normal struggle for leaders and people in general gives you peace of mind to keep fighting the good fight.

Carey Book PhotoCarey Baker, CEO and Owner, ProRecruiters. Carey Baker and her husband, Brett, launched Part-Time Pros in March of 2008 aimed at giving professionals flexibility in the workplace, filling a much-needed niche in the Tulsa area.  Six years later, their innovative business continues to grow and has been renamed ProRecruiters to better represent the broad range of their services.

In 2012, Carey wrote her first book “Hire a Pro/Be a Pro” to offer advice on how to hire and keep the best employees, as well as, how to be the employee that companies want to keep.  In addition, Carey won a Tulsey Award in 2012 for her commitment to entrepreneurism.

Prior to opening ProRecruiters, Carey worked for Chapman Foundations Management, Advisory Board Company and The Williams Companies. Carey is currently serving as the 2014 chair of the Small Business Council for the Tulsa Regional Chamber. Carey lives in Tulsa with her husband Brett and their two daughters.

ShannonHeadshot2014By Shannon Wilburn, CEO of Just Between Friends Franchise Systems, Inc. @ShannonWilburn (Twitter and Instagram)

Just Between Friends is actively seeking franchisees throughout the U.S. and Canada. Click here for more information on joining the JBF team.

 

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