As you can see from the video, we have a gorgeous picture window that looks out on a back porch, an antique barn (complete with classic broken down pickup truck), and a number of trees. Recently, I hung a bird feeder in a tree in the yard, which has drawn plenty of beautiful feathered neighbors. Tragically, it drew so many that we had a few casualties as birds soared straight into (and then straight away from) our picture window.
After a flurry of discussion and web searching, and the rejection of online advice such as "let your window get dirty," and "put decals on your window," and "that's just what happens in the country," I finally decided to make a mobile that was long enough and sparkly enough to create a visual distraction for the birds without detracting from our beloved view. I also wanted something that would not cause any danger to the glass during a windstorm, so I added cloth-covered beads, and hung the mobile a small distance away.
I had a great time making it, and set the intention for it to be a protective love offering to the birds, and by association, an act of love for the natural world and the realm of the fae.
You can kind of see how to make one just by looking, but in case you want some more detailed instructions, here's what I did:
1. I found one big stick and two small sticks under the patio where the previous occupants kept their firewood. (Of course, you might find yours elsewhere, or cut them yourself, or even purchase dowels.) I lightly sanded them and anointed them with lemon and cedar essential oil, but this step is not necessary.
2. I tightly tied a doubled piece of hemp twine to each side of the bigger stick, and then knotted them together at the top. (So that I could hang it.)
3. I arranged small sparkly and large cloth-covered plastic beads on five small lengths of fishing twine, tightly tying and securing the ends with small beads, and tied them tightly to desired lengths of hemp twine.
4. After hanging the large stick from a hook, I tied one of the bead strands to the center of the large stick.
5. I then tied the two smaller sticks to either side, and hung equally-weighted bead strands on each side of each.
- Make sure all your knots are extra tight, adding additional hemp twine as needed so that the mobile can withstand wind.
- Take your time and find the lengths that look just right to you, while also making sure that the strands will cover a good portion of the window.
...So far, so good! No further casualties, and plenty of birds still eating and chirping away. The mobile is also quite pretty, and a nice, sparkly addition that blends into the natural setting enough so that it doesn't detract from the view.