Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Handmade Holiday

Tools are a frequent gift around here, both given and received, for the holidays.  We purchased a new Dremel set for my in-laws, and then we wanted to give them something else with it.  Derrick came up with the idea to do something handmade (also highly appreciated around here) and make it a father/son project.  They ultimately decided on a birdfeeder and went to work. 

The plan was found here (I'll be sure to update link once Derrick gives it to me).  One creative use for some of the leftover cardboard boxes from some of the online gift shopping we did was to make templates.  Derrick measured out the templates into the cardboard, but those out, and used those when marking out the wood cuts.  Now he has them ready to go to make more in the future (which are already planned). 

And here they are in action! 

Noah did most of the gluing himself
 Clamps on and waiting for the glue to dry!
 Noah giving me a demo after it was mostly assembled on how to get the seed in

 Noah painting (sans plexiglass) in very vibrant colors

 A few days after Christmas, I received an email from my mother-in-law with pictures of the feeder in their landscape.  She said they already had birds visiting!


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