Many gardeners feed birds in their garden. This dove holder is designed to hold a seed ball so the birds can eat it. You will need the following supplies: a piece of 3/4” X 8” X 11” wood, preferably pine or cedar, a 1/4” dowel, white paint, and some graph paper. The pattern below is done on graph paper that is four squares to an inch. Draw it on your graph paper.
Affix the pattern to the wood. Use spray on removable adhesive. You want to be able to remove the pattern after you are through with it.
Cut out the outline of the dove. Do not cut the center circle out yet.
Take a 1/4” forsner bit and carefully measure the distance from where the bit enters the wood to where you want it to stop. Mark the stopping point with tape.
Use the forsner bit to drill the hole for the dowel rod. The dowel must be able to go into and out of the hole, so make sure it fits.
Now cut out the circle in the center of the dove. You should have a hole for the dowel on both sides of the circle.
Remove the pattern and paint the entire dove white.
You can buy seed balls at most home and garden stores. To install one, remove the dowel rod, place the seed ball in the center hole, then drive the dowel through the seed ball and into the bottom of the circle.
If you want to try making your own seed balls, you can use this recipe:
Melt 2 cups of chopped suet (available from the butcher) in a 3 quart sauce pan and remove the chitlins as it melts. Keep stirring. Mix 1 cup creamy peanut butter into the suet. Then stir in one cup corn meal and one cup bird seed until the mixture becomes stiff. Refrigerate until cool, then shape into three inch balls so it fits in the holder.
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