"Feed the Birds" Jar
- Glass canning jar, 7” tall
- Wooden tag, 1-1/2”x2-1/4”
- Americana Acrylic Paints (DecoArt): Bahama Blue; Espresso; Snow White
- Weaver’s cloth, 1/2 yd.
- 6-strand Embroidery Floss (DMC): Very Light Turquoise (3811); Light Olive Green (734); Olive Green (732); Very Dark Olive Green (730); Very Dark Coffee Brown (898); Light Seagreen (964)
- Heavy cardstock or chipboard
- Ribbon or trim of choice, 12” length
- Black seed bead (bird’s eye)
- Bird seed mix (see recipe online)
- Small alphabet stamps
- Black pigment ink pad
- Cameo ultra punch needle and threader
- Embroidery hoop, 10”
- Sewing needle and black thread
- Rubber bands
- Aleene’s Fabric Fusion (iLoveToCreate)
- 1. Print out pattern. Transfer pattern to weaver’s cloth, leaving 5” of fabric on all sides of hoop positioning. Slip pattern in embroidery hoop.
- 2. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to thread needle punch tool with three strands of Very Light Turquoise; punch bird. Thread needle punch tool with three strands of Very Dark Coffee Brown; punch tree trunk. Thread needle punch tool with three strands of Light Olive Green and punch inner most circle of tree. Continue circle of tree, alternating between Light Olive Green, Olive Green and Very Dark Olive Green until entire tree is filled in.
- 3. Continue in same way with three strands of floss for the following: grass Olive Green; sky Light Seagreen; border Very Dark Coffee Brown.
- 4. Sew seed bead “eye” to bird’s face.
- 5. Remove design from hoop and cut excess cloth around design, leaving a 3/8” border around all sides. Cut chipboard into an oval measuring same as designs. Place fabric glue on back of chipboard and wrap edges of designs around chipboard. Remove lid from jar and glue design to center of jar, using rubber bands to secure while drying.
- 6. Use paintbrush to paint lid Bahama Blue and tag Snow White. When dry, dry brush lid Espresso. Use black ink to stamp label as shown. Apply varnish to lid. Thread ribbon through tag hole and tie around jar.
- 7. Layer songbird, parrot and wild bird seeds in jar. The songbird seed has many black sunflower seeds. Wild bird seed has mostly very small round millet seeds. Parrot blend has very colorful seeds. Layer three or four alternating layers of seeds inside jar. Use only a small amount of parrot food. (Note: This birdseed recipe is courtesy of Garden Greats: Unique Gifts to Layer in Jars by Jackie Gannaway. Visit www.cookbookcupboard for more information.)
by Melony Bradley