With spring in full force (and summer only a month away -- YAY!), it seems like every bird in the neighborhood is out and about and enjoying the sunshine. Give them something more to chirp about with one of these easy DIY birdhouses or feeders!
Artist, illustrator, painter and blogger, Joel Henriques of Made by Joel shows us how to make a bird mobile. We're told that it's a kid-friendly project, but in more experienced hands, it
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:
This giant nest/bed may be interesting and fun, but it looks like it would be tricky to get into. Especially for shorties like me. A running jump perhaps?
Recently, Jessica from Running with Scissors was the creative guest on U-Create, contributing a tutorial for this beautiful bird pillow. She was inspired by some quite expensive alternatives that clock in at $125 to $135 a pop. Jessica's DIY
Instructable-er PaulEl shows us how to turn two IKEA plates into one cool bird feeder. Here's what we'll need to make one:
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.
- 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...
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...
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...
The always useful Organic Gardening magazine offers some tips to keep backyard birds visible and present at your home during the cold months.
"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...