From Scraps to Birdhouse

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Project by RickieD posted 07-31-2008 04:54 PM 2037 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

July 31, 2008

(Posted by MsDebbieP)
A few months ago my aunt gave us some scrap pieces of “stained glass” that she found in a box of junk she picked up at a garage sale. She thought I’d like it.

Yes, indeed I do and it didn’t take long for Rick to picture it as part of a birdhouse.

He used the larger piece as the “front” of the birdhouse and the smaller piece for the back. He carved the wood out to fit the shape of the scrap pieces and glued them in place.

He put the hole to the birdhouse on the side and painted some church windows beside the opening.

We put the birdhouse up today, with the windows facing the east and west so that the sunlight will glisten off the glass for my enjoyment.

Within minutes of putting it up the male sparrow from the birdhouse below it was sitting on the perch and peering in the door to check it out.

One man’s junk is another man’s treasure—and a future home for some birdies.

-- Rick D

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#1 posted 07-31-2008 05:49 PM

very ccool…i love that first photo…and the stained glass!!!

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#2 posted 07-31-2008 06:09 PM


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#3 posted 07-31-2008 06:32 PM

ahaha Rob.. that’s funny. Rick will get a kick out of that :)

Thanks guys. :)

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#4 posted 07-31-2008 07:20 PM

What a clever concept. I bet it looks real nice shinning in the sunlight. Thanks for sharing RickieD.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#5 posted 08-01-2008 12:35 AM

Very nice work Rick !!!! . I really like the style and the glass goes very well with it .

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#6 posted 08-01-2008 11:34 AM

thanks everyone.
Rick loved your comments!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#7 posted 08-02-2008 01:04 PM

Wonderfully wacky! I love it. You didn’t mention the recycled electricity pole support. That should last a year or three!

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#8 posted 08-02-2008 02:46 PM

oh right..
recycled lumber.. recycled glass…. recycled pole :)
Well it’s already lasted 25 years (since I’ve lived here) :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#9 posted 08-02-2008 05:04 PM

beautiful work … both birdhouses are really neat. I like the way they are mounted.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#10 posted 08-02-2008 09:41 PM

thanks Dan
The plan is to put a village up there.
Of course I will probably have to move my clothesline—it tends to be in the line of fire of incoming/outgoing birds.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#11 posted 08-03-2008 12:45 PM

Very nice & unique. I think that’s the first birdhouse ever, with stained glass windows.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#12 posted 08-03-2008 01:04 PM

well, Dick, you made Rick smile big on that one :)

It looks so lovely up there in the sky, with the light shining through the windows!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#13 posted 08-03-2008 09:53 PM

great idea! You’ve got me thinking about hitting yard sales, just to find some old glass to recycle. (As if I don’t have enough stuff in the attic.) How great would that look in the morning light! and It’s already occupied!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#14 posted 08-03-2008 11:21 PM

it looks beautiful in the morning and the evening—and every moment in between :)

and the visitor didn’t stay. He’s a tenant in the lower house. But he checked it out!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#15 posted 08-04-2008 12:26 AM

Did you leave a hinge to dump the old nests?
I always do but am wondering if it is necessary.

Nice idea, I’m stealling it – sue me. <g>


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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