Saw this great idea using paint cans to make a birdhouse. These are so cute and would make a great project for the kids.
What you will need:
- Paint cans, new or used. If you are using a recycled paint can be sure to wash it really well. Amazon sells new paint cans for less than $5. You can also find them at Lowe’s or your local craft store.
- Spray paint
- Netting or a piece of screen
- Wooden dowel
- Steel washers or something similar for the eyes
- Painters tape
Here are the steps to your birdhouse:
Step 1: Remove the handles from the paint cans using pliers.
Step 2: Drill two small holes in the sides of each can — one near the top and one near the bottom. You will eventually insert the wires needed to hang the feeders into these holes (see Step 10).
Step 3: Spray-paint the cans, lids, and dowel black. Set aside to dry.
Step 4: Cut four pieces of wire and twist them to form circles — these will serve as the “wings.” Then cut four pieces of screen or netting to the same size as the wire circles.
Step 5: Lightly glue the screens or netting to the wire circles. Set aside to dry.
Step 6: Apply painter’s tape to the bumblebee can where you would like black stripes. Likewise, apply circles of tape to the ladybug can where you’d like black spots. Then apply yellow spray paint to the bee can and red spray paint to the ladybug can. When the paint has dried, remove the painter’s tape.
Step 7: Cut large holes in the center of the plastic lids.
Step 8: Glue steel washers just above the large holes in the plastic lids. These will serve as the eyes. Let dry.
Step 9: Cut the dowel in half. Use an awl to help create holes in which the dowel halves will be placed. Poke these halves into the lids below the large holes created in Step 7.
Step 10: Insert the ends of the wings into the holes created when you removed the paint can handles in Step 1. Then cut additional pieces of wire and insert them into the holes you drilled in Step 2. (These will be used to hang the birdhouse.) Finally, put the lids on top of the cans and hang.