Introduction: Bird Feeding Station
A fun project for the garden. An old soup bowl for the birds.
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Step 1: Supplies
I bought two 2' sections of 1/2" PVC. I would have preferred copper but the cost rose to four times the PVC. Being basically cheap... which is why I come to instructables in the first place I went with the plastic. Which also explains why I didn't buy one entire length of PVC. You also see a 1/2" thread adapter and a coupler for joining the two pieces of pipe. I had a can of the Plastic adhereing spray paint that works well on PVC. A 1/2" galvanized floor flange and a soup bowl from my local thrift store. I'd originally planned a tea cup but the flange fit perfectly in the bottom of this bowl and I liked the two handles... hope the birds do too. Total cost is under $10 if I don't count the paint I had on hand. It runs about $4.50 a can and you can refurbish your ubiquitous plastic patio chairs as well.
Step 2: Assembly
I cut an angle on one end of the pipe to make insertion in the ground easier. For those of you who insist on specific measurements it looks like 30%... maybe not.. Then assemble using your favoite method to join PVC. I had some solvent made for plastic. Don't put the threaded adapter on the pipe cut with the angle or you'll end up with a bird feeder about 18" off the ground. To attach the flange to the bowl I used a silicone sealant. Let all parts dry.
Step 3: Painting
The plastic paint covers the manufacturers printing completely and the green I had on hand will blend well with the garden setting. Tada! Now my feathered friends may bathe and eat in relative safety from my two cats.