My parents have a woodpecker problem. A HUGE woodpecker problem. They have clusters of holes in every corner of their siding. They’ve tried hanging shiny things from the roof to scare them to no avail. My dad has even hinting at getting a BB gun. Here are a couple of photos that I cropped from our recent reunion (I wasn’t even aiming at the holes, but they came through in the pictures loud and clear):
So, when I saw this adorable Upcycled woodpecker on the Old School Garden blog (http://audaxdesign.co.uk/) I knew I had to give it a try. I followed the post pack to this neat blog: http://aristonorganic.com/2013/02/19/upcycle-make-an-owl. You’ll have to check out the blog itself, because I couldn’t copy the original photo but, trust me, it’s adorable.
I went through my considerable CD collection and ended up with a compilation CD I made when I was teaching middle school theater. It was definitely time to close that chapter. My only second thought about this one is that it was kind of blue, instead of the typical hologram-y silver you get with store-bought CDs. I think I’ll try one of those next if I can find one I’m willing to part with. I picked up a bag of knives at the local thrift store and I raided my button stash for the beak and pupils. I had the rest of the lids and bottle-caps lying around for just such a project.
It looks like the elements are bolted together on the original version but the glue seems to be holding pretty well. I put a used cap center from a canning jar on the back for another layer to hold the knives together. (Those suckers are heavy.) I have no idea how they found such short knives, but this will be the samurai edition.
My version is nowhere near as cute as the original, but it’s a first try (and there are 5 corners at my parents’ house, so I have four left to make). I’ve since found a ton of other cute owls made out of upcycled materials, so I have a lot of others to try. I’ll be sure to add any subsequent ones to this post.
I hope that if the shininess of the silverware and CD don’t scare off the woodpeckers, the knives will. (My boy was very excited to think that they might be “decapitated”, which disturbed me just a little.)