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How To: Make a DIY Modern Bird Feeder

by Chris Gardner

How To: Make a DIY Modern Bird Feeder

If I were a pet owner...buddy, my guys would be living in style. Mod dog houses, pet beds, Eames dot collars, you name it. After all, they'd have to go in my house, which doesn't contain a lick of traditional nor country.

But, I'm not a pet owner. I have quite strong allergies to most any creature, and so, my only option is to share the modernism with the little guys who live outside my house. And since there's no way I'm doing anything kind to the squirrels and bunnies who snatch at my veggies, I'm looking to give some style to the birds.

So, I made a nice, low-slung mod bird feeder that echoes the long, low houses of Eichler-era California modernism, and you should too! Here's how:  

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DIY Modern Birdbath.

by Chris Gardner

Here's a great DIY project that allows you to create a contemporary (no Doric columns here) birdbath with only $20 in materials from your local hardware store. It seems quite large as well, and won't break your back when moving or restyling your patio.

DIY Modern Birdbath.

Materials:

  • 1/2" galvanized pipe
  • 1/2" galvanized floor flange
  • Recycled glass bowl
  • Plumbers epoxy
  • Scrap wood
  • Large, heavy hammer

For the full instructions from Modish blog, click the...

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Mid-Century Birdhouses.

by Chris Gardner

You may never get to live in an actual Case Study house, but that doesn't mean you can't look at one every day. "At Modern Birdhouses..., they've released a series inspired by architects of the Case Study Houses Program--specifically J.R. Davidson, Richard Neutra, and Ralph Rapson. They're made of SmartWood oiled teak, with floating aluminum roofs in three signature modern silhouettes, and they ship preassembled, so you don't have to be as gifted...

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Modernist Bird Houses.

by Chris Gardner

Switched On Set states:

"Never mind some bread and nuts, if you really want to treat the birds in your garden, get them the ultimate in stylish living - scaled replicas of great architectural homes for birds.

That's what German design company Raumhochrosen is now offering. There's a range of homes including 60s gems like the  Gunter Wratzfeld's House Watzenegg in Dornbirn (1963) and Rudolf Wäger's Dice House in Götzis (1965) through to more...

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How To Attract Birds in the Winter.

by Chris Gardner

The always useful Organic Gardening magazine offers some tips to keep backyard birds visible and present at your home during the cold months.

How To Attract Birds in the Winter.

  • High-calorie suet is vital to keeping birds warm in winter.
  • Keep a supply of suet in the freezer.
  • Lay in a stock of seed in case of emergency. 
  • Run an immersible heater to the birdbath.
  • Treat birds to home cooking by making muffins, bread, and nutritious snacks.
  • Expand the menu by offering chopped nuts,...
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    How To Grow a Hummingbird Garden.

    by Chris Gardner

    "With a little luck, there’s a good chance you’ve seen a hummingbird this summer. These miniature winged wonders are awe-inspiring for their size, speed and remarkable beauty, plus their uncanny maneuverability. But you don’t have to wait for a chance sighting — you can easily attract hummingbirds right to your back yard by creating a simple, vibrant hummingbird garden.

    Good hummingbird habitat doesn’t have to be complicated. Your feathered...

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