How Many Tryforos’ Does it Take to Hang a Birdhouse?

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap  —  April 28, 2011 — 2 Comments

I bought this adorable birdhouse for $20 at a local arts and antiques market when my friend Lauren was visiting last weekend. $20 is a little steep for me to spend on just one pretty thing without a whole lot of function (it’s not like I’ll be sleeping in there) but it was just so charming I had to have it.

Unfortunately, I often find myself in the uncomfortable position of having bought something on impulse and then having to figure out how to make it work. In this case, I’d imagined my quaint little birdhouse hanging from our oak tree, but had no idea how to hang it.

I did some brainstorming and gathered my supplies:

I tied the keys to one end of the wire and uncoiled a generous allowance, then got Nick to toss them over my chosen branch. I cut the wire and tied the cut end to the birdhouse, then pulled on the keys to hoist that baby up into the air.

And that’s when my plan fell apart. How to keep it up there? Finding ourselves in want of a ladder and not having one, we created a super-person to get the job done. I tied the wire into one giant loop hanging from the tree branch and twisted it near the base of the knot until my little birdie hotel was oriented just the way I wanted it.

You like how I got that shot above? I had a feeling it would make a funny picture so I set my camera on the porch railing and started recording video, then took a frame to post as an image. Some lady actually walked by mid-tying and said, “Now that’s a pretty picture!” As for the video, there’s no way that’s ever getting posted. Me, in leggings, hoisting myself up onto Nick’s shoulders = not flattering.

It’s a bit lower than I’d originally planned, since even our super person could only reach so high. I’m feelng inspired now to hang a few more at staggered heights, so I suppose we’ll need to procure a ladder. Does anybody have any better strategies for hanging a bird house? After the fact I considered maybe installing an eye-hook in the tree trunk and tying the end of the wire to it, then maybe obscuring it somehow.

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap


2 responses to How Many Tryforos’ Does it Take to Hang a Birdhouse?

  1. I love it! I had similar problems hanging my hummingbird feeder years ago. Of course, I had to be able to fill and clean it. I had a big loop tied on the tree branch and used a clip from a dog chain to hook it on a loop on the feeder itself. I had to use cinder blocks to get it up the first time, then I hid the block.

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