1Man1Garage - Best of Etsy 2016

Most bird feeders aren't exactly modern.  They've looked the same for decades upon decades - including those peanut butter pinecone numbers that every kid ever has made at school.  Today's shop, 1Man1Garage makes alternative options that I would happily use around my own house. 

Just look at these retro camper bird feeders!

Photo used with permission 1Man1Garage

Photo used with permission 1Man1Garage

The kit comes as a flat-pack for you to pop out and snap in the pieces on your own.  Best part?  No glue, making this is a great project for bigger kids (he recommends ages 8 and up).  The pieces come in their natural color (see the wheel color above), so you can customize it to your hearts content with whatever paint colors you like.  

I love the level of detail in these kits - the birdies deserve the full experience right? Well then let's don't forget the welcome mat & yard flamingos!  Honestly, I think I would have a hard time putting this one out for our winged friends - I'd want to set it up on my bookshelf! 

Photo used with permission from 1Man1Garage

Photo used with permission from 1Man1Garage

That one too vintage for your taste? This craftsman bird feeder makes me think of every episode of 'This Old House' I watched with my parents as a kid.  It's my chance to have one of those cute houses from decades gone by on an affordable and loan free scale!

Photo used with permission from 1Man1Garage

Photo used with permission from 1Man1Garage

There are two versions of the craftsman feeder: the basic version comes with a quart-sized mason jar with bird seed along with an eye-hook to hang it, and the deluxe kit comes with LED lights for a more inside experience.

Photo used with permission from 1Man1Garage

Photo used with permission from 1Man1Garage

Once again, you just pop out the pieces and snap them together.  I think I would stain this one to make it stand out, but you could just clear coat it to protect it from the elements.

Photo used with permission from 1Man1Garage

Photo used with permission from 1Man1Garage

This mini Christmas tree kit (only 5.5" tall) is perfect to decorate your work space to brighten up the holidays.  It even comes with ornaments  & string to spell out 'Merry Christmas'.

1Man1Garage has so many other fun kits to make - everything from lantern string lights to record album displays to flower pot displays.   Since the products are mailed flat, this is great way to keep shipping costs down on those gifts you mail around the holidays to family & friends far and wide.

Check out 1Man1Garage's Etsy shop for to see the full line of products.  Proof of another great creative to come out of Nashville!