Published on March 27th, 2011 | by Julie Finn4
How-to: Upcycle a Mesh Produce Bag into a Nesting Materials Buffet for Birds
The birds in our neighborhood tend to be quite pampered. At our house alone, they’ve got two little girls who make sure that their feeder is always topped off with seed, and who sit at the window to admire them while they eat.
Since it’s spring now (and I insist this even though the high temperature here yesterday was 41 degrees Farenheit), those little girls have also been hopping around the house and yard, just like little birds themselves, finding all the best tidbits for the yearly offering that we like to call the Nesting Materials Buffet.
If you’ve got a plastic mesh produce bag that you’d rather not toss in the trash just yet, and a little time of your own to gather your own tidbits from your house and yard, then you, too, can set up a station for your own pampered neighborhood birds to come to and gather all sorts of goodies for building their nests.
You’ll want to find a leftover mesh produce bag–often they’re used to contain onions or oranges at the grocery store, and sometimes they’re used in other packaging, as well (my daughter’s new baseball glove came with a baseball in its own plastic mesh bag, sigh).
You may be the sort who prefers only natural materials for your projects, but unless you want to seek out metal caging or chickenwire or make a container out of twigs, the plastic mesh produce bag really is ideal for this project–it’s sturdy, won’t hold germs or bacteria or other birdly grime, and easily air dries after a rainshower.