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Create a buzz with these bumblebee and ladybug decorative birdfeeders made from repurposed paint cans.
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Want to get the kids involved in an Earth Day project? Try these super-fun (and super-easy) bumblebee and ladybug birdfeeders. These one-day projects come without a big cost to your wallet or the planet - especially if you use recycled paint cans rather than new ones.
Remove the handles from the paint cans using pliers.
Drill two small holes in the sides of each can -- one near the top and one near the bottom. You will eventually insert the wires needed to hang the feeders into these holes (see Step 10).
Spray-paint the cans, lids, and dowel black. Set aside to dry.
Cut four pieces of wire and twist them to form circles -- these will serve as the wings. Then cut four pieces of screen to the same size as the wire circles.
Lightly glue the screens to the wire circles. Set aside to dry.
Apply painter's tape to the bumblebee can where you would like black stripes. Likewise, apply circles of tape to the ladybug can where you'd like black spots. Then apply yellow spray paint to the bee can and red spray paint to the ladybug can. When the paint has dried, remove the painter's tape.
Cut large holes in the center of the plastic lids.
Glue steel washers just above the large holes in the plastic lids. These will serve as the eyes. Let dry.
Cut the dowel in half. Use an awl to help create holes in which the dowel halves will be placed. Poke these halves into the lids below the large holes created in Step 7.
Insert the ends of the wings into the holes created when you removed the paint can handles in Step 1. Then cut additional pieces of wire and insert them into the holes you drilled in Step 2. (These will be used to hang the feeders.) Finally, put the lids on top of the cans and hang.