Barn­yard Glow

Country Sampler - Christmas Decorating - - INSIDE -

For clever il­lu­mi­na­tion dur­ing the hol­i­days, hang a trio of round metal chick feed­ers hold­ing bat­tery-pow­ered can­dles. Start­ing with new or well-cleaned vin­tage chick feed­ers, pre-drill four small, evenly spaced holes through each feeder rim’s un­der­side. Open the holes with larger bits to fit the di­am­e­ter of heavy ball chain. To hang, start at the top and work down to pre­vent tan­gles. Slide four ½" split rings, each hold­ing a chain con­nec­tor, onto a 1" ring. Add chain to each con­nec­tor, choos­ing a length that will ac­com­mo­date the size of your can­dles. Draw each chain through the holes in the top feeder’s metal rim, and then add con­nec­tors to sup­port the feeder. To add the mid­dle feeder, join an­other set of split rings with con­nec­tors and chains. Re­peat to add the bot­tom feeder, but se­cure and fin­ish the chain ends with bell con­nec­tors. Nest a red glass saucer in the cen­ter of each feeder to hold a can­dle, and ac­cent the top and each feeder with sprigs of green­ery and cheery striped rib­bon.

MA­TE­RIAL HINT Look for gal­va­nized chick feed­ers that are made to ac­com­mo­date a glass jar rather than those with a closed top.

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