Today’s project was inspired by some amazing hummingbirds that visit our flower beds almost daily. I can see these beds from my desk and I’ve enjoyed watching the birds swarm around the zinnias and lantana.
I love where my desk is located because inspiration occurs just by looking out the window.
My original plan for this outside space was to make a hummingbird feeder and while bird watching I noticed they were sneaking drinks from Dixie’s water dish. It seemed a hummingbird water feeder was a better idea.
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Let’s begin with a very simple and I mean simple supply list. I didn’t even have to cut wood this time because these pieces were perfect as is and they came from the scrap bin. For that reason, I’m not including measurements because it would be better to make this stand to compliment your environment. Meaning, you might want it taller?
- 2 Pieces of 2 x 6 boards.
- Dixie Belle Paint – Coffee Bean, Buttercream and Tea Rose, found here.
- Dixie Belle Clear Coat, found here.
- Cutting Edge Stencil – Magnolia Vine, found here.
- Paint and Stencil brushes.
- Painters Tape.
- Nails or screws will work just fine.
- Hammer or Drill to insert.
- Water dish, I used a pie dish.
Painting the Boards
I painted the tall board with Dixie Belle coffee bean and the small with buttercream. I love these two colors and I’m pretty sure they’re going to be a staple for outdoor projects at Quail Grove. They blend and yet pop perfectly with the outdoors.
When I finished applying a gracious coat of paint I let them dry overnight because I wasn’t really sure what would come next.
Sometimes a good night rest can really spark creativity the next day.
Magnolia Vine Stencil
I’ve had this Magnolia vine stencil for a while and I’ve used it a couple times but haven’t shared it on the blog because I was waiting for the right moment.
Sometimes circular stencils are overlooked because maybe they don’t fit on the entire board or maybe they’re just a little too whimsy?
This is when you have to look beyond the circular shape and visualize what it could become beyond its shape.
Two Tone Stencil
For my stencil tips take a moment to read how to stencil here. The key to a successful project will always be less paint on your brush and dot for a clean transfer.
With this project it’s even more important because I used two colors and wanted a very light display of wonderful. Stencil transfer included coffee bean and tea rose.
For the stem of this feeder tea rose and buttercream established this transfer. Just a little bit of design on each side of the board was included so it wasn’t over the top.
It would have also been neat to overlap on the sides, I thought about that but decided against it.
Connecting the Boards
I drilled two pilot holes and hammered the small board into the top of the long board. It was pretty simple and if you’re not sure what a pilot hole is well that tip can be found here.
Clear Coat Outside Projects
I love this clear coat from Dixie Belle paint and I use it on all my outdoor projects for longevity and protection against sunlight. It’s very easy to apply and dries quick. Any paint brush will work for this application just remember to wash the brush when completed.
Always add a clear coat for outside projects once paint and stencil applications are completely dry.
Outdoors to Install Water Feeder
Originally my plan was to use screws for installation but I ended up using nails. I attached from the inside of the raised bed which involved moving back some dirt, inserting the feeder and attaching it with nails. Having the holes drilled in the board prior was a huge help.
Once installed I moved the dirt back and went on to the final step.
Final Step the Water Dish
The final step was to add the water dish; it sits right on top of the wood with an overhang. If you don’t like the overhang it’s easy enough to go with a smaller dish or a larger board.
My plan is to change out this dish when winter arrives with a feeder dish, I love the versatility this project offers.
Use any type of dish that holds water and set on top, if you want something more secure apply adhesive tape or glue.
I also added a petrified rock found when picking up rocks for our walk path, these rocks are so neat and the detail is incredible. If you missed that project find it here.
The view from my desk is what I enjoy the most especially now with this new addition, it just makes me smile.
Even though it 100 some degrees out there I can continue to admire this space and begin thinking about what I will plant in those empty spaces for fall. I’m thinking incorporating something hummingbirds will like is best because I’ve really enjoyed their visits.
If you have bird activity in your garden think about adding a simple water feature like this for their benefit.