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Recycled Bottle Bird Feeders

It is **killing** me not to share all of the wonderful photos from our Junior Girl Scout meeting last weekend but I have to respect the privacy of the girls in my troop so I have cropped out faces except for Keira.

This is my first year back as leader of Keira’s troop. My co-leader is absolutely wonderful and we work so good together. She puts up with my frazzled but creative ways and I admire her organization and knowledge when it comes to all things Girl Scouts. :)~ Its so nice to have someone you can work well with – especially when it comes to our girls and something I hope they will continue as they grow.

We began our meeting with a simple flag ceremony… I missed most of it as I was trying to frantically set up our bird feeder craft at the very last minute ๐Ÿ™‚ Part of that “setting up” required me cutting holes with a craft knife into each bottle (ummm yes maybe that should have been done beforehand but I like a challenge ๐Ÿ˜‰ )… and guess who stabbed herself with the craft knife… YEP me. Nasty sight – luckily my co-leader had a first aid kit in the car (did I tell you how awesome she is?)… and I’m ok.

Then the girls pushed straws through two holes in the bottom of their feeder for a ‘perch’ for the birds. They also put string through the top of the feeder to hang it up. That was going to be the extent of the craft but from my prior artwork, I always loved working with tissue paper so I decided that it would be so much fun for them to decoupage their feeders…

What amazing girls we have. Truly. They are all so beautiful and creative and smart… and kind and loving. So often we think of this age group “pre-teen” as difficult or self-absorbed but I see quite the opposite… these girls are full of ideas, open… ready to help one another… they have wonderful questions and answers… and they really want to learn.

We are working on our ‘Its Your Planet – Love It!’ Journey… and we’ve been learning all about different types of energy. My co-leader and I were amazed at how much WE are actually learning about energy…

I so look forward to watching our girls grow together – through their years in school and being privileged enough to witness it all. I was a leader for Dee’s troop for a few years and she is STILL a Girl Scout as a Junior in high school which I think is very cool…

They LOVED this activity… can you tell?

When we were finished we had so many beautiful feeders hanging to dry…

When we got home, Keira hung hers outside right away – directly in front of one of the daycare windows…

All day long the birds came to her feeder and the little ones thought it was the best thing ever.

I’d love to hear from others who have been a part of Girl Scouts – either with your own children or from your own childhood. I was a Brownie Girl Scout in New York for years and then was a Junior for a year or two. I still have some of the crafts I made back then – especially this one really cool walnut Christmas ornament that I hang on my tree every year. The girls laugh at me because each time I take it out I say “I made this when I was in Brownies”. One day I hope they have it to hang on their own tree.
xoxo

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Recycled Bottle Bird Feeders

It is **killing** me not to share all of the wonderful photos from our Junior Girl Scout meeting last weekend but I have to respect the privacy of the girls in my troop so I have cropped out faces except for Keira.

This is my first year back as leader of Keira’s troop. My co-leader is absolutely wonderful and we work so good together. She puts up with my frazzled but creative ways and I admire her organization and knowledge when it comes to all things Girl Scouts. :)~ Its so nice to have someone you can work well with – especially when it comes to our girls and something I hope they will continue as they grow.

We began our meeting with a simple flag ceremony… I missed most of it as I was trying to frantically set up our bird feeder craft at the very last minute ๐Ÿ™‚ Part of that “setting up” required me cutting holes with a craft knife into each bottle (ummm yes maybe that should have been done beforehand but I like a challenge ๐Ÿ˜‰ )… and guess who stabbed herself with the craft knife… YEP me. Nasty sight – luckily my co-leader had a first aid kit in the car (did I tell you how awesome she is?)… and I’m ok.

Then the girls pushed straws through two holes in the bottom of their feeder for a ‘perch’ for the birds. They also put string through the top of the feeder to hang it up. That was going to be the extent of the craft but from my prior artwork, I always loved working with tissue paper so I decided that it would be so much fun for them to decoupage their feeders…

What amazing girls we have. Truly. They are all so beautiful and creative and smart… and kind and loving. So often we think of this age group “pre-teen” as difficult or self-absorbed but I see quite the opposite… these girls are full of ideas, open… ready to help one another… they have wonderful questions and answers… and they really want to learn.

We are working on our ‘Its Your Planet – Love It!’ Journey… and we’ve been learning all about different types of energy. My co-leader and I were amazed at how much WE are actually learning about energy…

I so look forward to watching our girls grow together – through their years in school and being privileged enough to witness it all. I was a leader for Dee’s troop for a few years and she is STILL a Girl Scout as a Junior in high school which I think is very cool…

They LOVED this activity… can you tell?

When we were finished we had so many beautiful feeders hanging to dry…

When we got home, Keira hung hers outside right away – directly in front of one of the daycare windows…

All day long the birds came to her feeder and the little ones thought it was the best thing ever.

I’d love to hear from others who have been a part of Girl Scouts – either with your own children or from your own childhood. I was a Brownie Girl Scout in New York for years and then was a Junior for a year or two. I still have some of the crafts I made back then – especially this one really cool walnut Christmas ornament that I hang on my tree every year. The girls laugh at me because each time I take it out I say “I made this when I was in Brownies”. One day I hope they have it to hang on their own tree.
xoxo

4 thoughts on “Recycled Bottle Bird Feeders”

  1. What a great creative, colorful, and useful recycling project! Impressive! I always love your blog. I was a proud Brownie and Girl Scout growing up and have fond memories of saying the pledge, earning badges, fun conventions, and camping. My parents didn't camp so it was a special treat. I recall that my only disappointment was while I took the pledge to heart a couple of the other girls were only there because their parents had signed them and they weren't very nice or into it.

  2. What a great creative, colorful, and useful recycling project! Impressive! I always love your blog. I was a proud Brownie and Girl Scout growing up and have fond memories of saying the pledge, earning badges, fun conventions, and camping. My parents didn't camp so it was a special treat. I recall that my only disappointment was while I took the pledge to heart a couple of the other girls were only there because their parents had signed them and they weren't very nice or into it.

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