Finally spring has sprung, and that means it's nesting season for our little feathered friends. As part of an ongoing effort to attract birds to our garden, I decided to give them a helping with their nest building and make a dispenser for nesting material.

Obviously I could have gone to a hardware store and bought one, but then I would have ended up with a plain little cage which would have done the job but not been particularly attractive. Instead, by expending just a little effort - and using spare materials from other projects - I was able to create a hanging dispenser that actually looks quite nice.

Step 1: Materials

 All of the materials I used for this build were left over from other projects, so I can't estimate a total price, but I can't imagine this costing more than a couple of pounds.

I used:

* Galvanised garden wire
* Two wooden beads
* One Ikea kitchen hook
* Outdoor varnish
* Something to shape the wire - I used a bottle of flavoured water.
* Pliers

The Ikea kitchen hook was a leftover from a kitchen project, but if you don't have one you could hang the dispenser from a length of chain, string, paracord... whatever you like.
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I have made a couple of these in the past. Yours looks great! There's just one thing I would do differently. I put a central wire between the beads, for strength. This is because last year there was a huge crow that visited mine and stretched the whole thing into an almost straight bit of wire!
I love the shape that you made it, I'm definitely going to try a couple of these someday to put in the yard.
Thats really cool.
Great stuff... I think I'm going to have a go at this! Well done chum :D<br />
&nbsp;Cheers! Believe me, I'm the least handy person in the world, so literally everybody else should be able to make a decent fist of it.
Hell I'm going to get my cubs/ scouts making them,hehe youve saved me hours of wondering WHAT to do with them this spring ;)<br />
Just to let u know? i did this about 2-5 years back and if u dont mind the rust u can also use the coil springs out of an old mattress or box springs just wire the large ends together and use a pair of plairs to bend one small end of the spring to were it stands up so that u can hang it up. and u'r done <br />
&nbsp;It would certainly be an option, but to be honest I <em>would</em> mind the rust. That's why I specifically used the galvanised wire to prevent deterioration. Nonetheless, it's a good idea for anyone who doesn't want to go to the trouble of shaping the wire themselves
A mesh suet cage would work to hold nesting materials.
&nbsp;Yes, but as I said in the Intro I wanted something a little more attractive than a dull little cage. Also, it's cool to make something with my own two hands.
good information on the drier fluff!&nbsp;And a lovely looking dispenser too. Thank you.<br />
&nbsp;No, thank you! :)
Very nice concept, nice change from the sqare metallic box, but I also use the &quot;matting&quot; that you find in your clothes dryer, they grab this as if it was pure gold.<br /> So I consider I&nbsp;make a good deal with the birds, I get rid of the &quot;stuff&quot; in my dryer's filter and they get excellent insulation. ;=D<br />
There are a lot of conflicting views about dryer lint, but I got a whole bunch of helpful info from&nbsp;<a href="http://www.allaboutbirds.org/NetCommunity/attractingbirds-other" rel="nofollow">www.allaboutbirds.org/NetCommunity/attractingbirds-other</a>&nbsp;which is the website of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. If it works for you then go for it, but I'm personally not going to take the risk.<br /> <br /> Thanks for the positive comment! :)<br />
I think I love you.<br />
&nbsp;Aw shucks! :)

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