Making a Hanger For My Mason Jar Birdfeeder…Using A String Bundle
Hi I’m back from a short sojourn after I had a moment of klutziness one unfortunate evening and the lid I’d glued on to my handmade birdfeeder broke – Ugh!
Don’t quote me for sure but there is an ancient Chinese piece of wisdom that goes “Crisis lends itself to opportunity” (something like that.) Well, here it was. And here is what I did!
I spent the next couple of days creating a new hanger for it. In my original post, I talk about how you can use a pot lid or in my case, a saucer with a cabinet handle to make your birdfeeder hangable. Well, I ‘m here to tell you that if you have some rope you can do the same.
Funny story, I almost went to the rope but I had another idea instead…I found this long colorful string bundle, I don’t know what I had been planning to make but it’s enough skeins together to be strong enough in the event of being used to hang my feeder. Too good a piece of yarn to toss.
But to get it to conform as a hanger, I had to do a little thinking…and planning. Just taking my empty jar and wrapping it around it to see how many times it would wrap around and would it hang correctly, I’d have to form the loops in some way. This took me to doing some legwork here.
Using Rope as a Birdfeeder Hanger
Have you ever seen jute rope; it’s very strong stuff with a tight weave. I’ve seen it in hardware stores – well, I used to back when we had places like TruValue. Anyway, to make a long story short, this is the kind of rope you need if you want to make a good sturdy hanger for your bird feeder.
Remember the macrame art form? It goes back to the 70s and was designed as a fashionable way to display houseplants. This approach is pretty similar!
I spread out the rope and found the point in the middle, then tried to work out where the hanging loops should go from there. First the loops were too close together, as you can see here, when wrapped around the jar they’d be on the same side, and the end result; it wouldn’t be able to hang straight.
It was a little trickier than I thought. I ended up having to get some of my sewing clips to mark off the area where the loops needed to be …which is two on opposite sides of the jar if it was to hang straight without being lopsided.
Eventually I got to this point…So I knotted down the loops once I had them in the right places and clipped them.
After that I got out some of my e6000 glue and started. I used a ribbon of glue for each time I went around the jar (it made, like three rounds. ) There was some overhang, but I figured I would wrap it around later or knot it off. One week later. it is hanging. Here she is and here she’ll stay!
Only caveat is that the plate I used at first helped keep rain out of the birdseed. To counter that, I ended up hanging my finished feeder kind of under the gutter so it would be shielded from rain.
Yes, there is SOME seed in there, probably about two cups but it sunk down into the base. Criticism accepted 😁 I do need to get some more, though!
If you decide to use jute rope, it is stiff enough so that you won’t have to knot or double like I did with the yarn bundle. If you have a tape measure to go around the jar, cut the length of rope to that amount,
Then for the loop handles, you would cut two equal lengths of rope about 12″ in length and all you’ll have to do is glue them on after you have glued the length of rope around the perimeter of the jar.
A week of glue cure time should do it. Enjoy!🐦