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dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

September 29, 2007
9:35 AM

Post #4029823

Does anyone have ideas on a craft using large coffee cans?
Thanks
daisyavenue
Long Beach, CA
(Zone 10b)

September 30, 2007
2:28 AM

Post #4032313

I have some drop lights (vintage) made from coffee cans that have glass tears and stuff applied to the outside. The creator/artist used those light kits from places like Pier 1 that you might use in a paper globe to light them. They are darling but then I like Funque!
toniwill
Natural Bridge, VA

October 1, 2007
12:38 AM

Post #4035037

Using an acetelyn torch, you can burn out all kinds of patterns on the "wall". Then insert a candle or bulb and it will cast all kinds of patterns around.
toni
cathy4
St. Louis County, MO
(Zone 5a)

October 1, 2007
12:41 AM

Post #4035044

I've seen luminaria tin-punched from coffee cans. You fill them with water, freeze, and then you can punch without the can bending. Put some sand in, add a candle and light. If you are careful, you can add a strip of colorful fabric around the top edge to make a bow. Very country. Add a piece of wire for a handle and you can hang them in the garden for lighting.
lindawin58
Ewing, NE

October 1, 2007
1:52 AM

Post #4035321

Daisy I sure would like to see a pic of your lights please. Thank you Linda
msrobin
Caneyville, KY
(Zone 6b)

October 1, 2007
1:54 AM

Post #4035327

Santa boots. Make boot out red felt, trim with white fur and lace up front with shoestring. Insert coffee can, fill with candy, etc.
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

October 1, 2007
2:22 AM

Post #4035448

Thank all of you. So creative. If you have crafts, please post them. About the cans, We get so many, I thought someone would have been smart enough to recycle them. I was right, Thanks to all.
Faye
cathy4
St. Louis County, MO
(Zone 5a)

October 1, 2007
2:36 AM

Post #4035516

All of the coffee around here comes in those plastic tubs now, coffee cans are hard to come by. Lucky You!
LavinaMae
Grantsboro, NC
(Zone 8b)

October 1, 2007
3:11 PM

Post #4036707

You can make a tin man birdfeeder or tin man wind chime.

Lavina
Raggedyann
Lawrenceville, GA
(Zone 7b)

October 1, 2007
3:15 PM

Post #4036721

I found this at a thrift store this summer. It has a lid and a fabric liner and holds packs of tea. It is cut too and could be used as a Chinese lantern.

Susan

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Yuska
San Antonio, TX
(Zone 8b)

October 1, 2007
4:03 PM

Post #4036881

Here's a birdhouse idea I saw. Since the can is metal I would hang it out of sunlight to avoid overheating and would drill small holes in the sides for ventilation. The "face" was formed of wood with a scroll saw and then stapled to the plastic lid the center of which had been cut out. The house can be opened at end of season for cleaning. The crafter who made this said it was occupied this past season.

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denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

October 1, 2007
8:48 PM

Post #4037856

cathy4
You have to buy a store brand to get real coffee cans .
Folgers Is what hubby wants and I have soooooo many of the plastic ones .. But I have started useing them for scrap glass storage.
Cheryl
UniQueTreasures
Beaumont, TX
(Zone 8b)

October 1, 2007
9:03 PM

Post #4037894

Walmart sells a brand called Master Chef. It's $3.82 for the 2 pound can, (blue tin can) instead of at least $6.99 for Folgers, etc. I like the coffee well enough to have given up on ol' what's his name. (It'll come to me as soon as I hit send.) I hate shopping at Walmart, so when I need coffee, I'll give my kid $25 to go get me some. She comes home with a half a dozen cans of coffee. That lasts me for quite a while. She gets to keep the change for gas money. It's a good deal for us all. :-)

Janet
msrobin
Caneyville, KY
(Zone 6b)

October 1, 2007
10:18 PM

Post #4038161

Wow! I'm impressed with all the projects! Will be making a few myself. Thanks for sharing the photos! Robin
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

October 2, 2007
12:03 AM

Post #4038483

Janet,
I buy both .. if I can get away with it };> I buy the cans ...
today at wally it was $5.5 at Krogers it was $3. something ..
yeppers you guessed it .
Cheryl
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

October 2, 2007
1:00 AM

Post #4038746

Awesome ideas. Thank you all, now i have somethin g else to do. coffee Can something or nother. Love all the possibilities.

Faye
Brender
Topsham, ME
(Zone 5a)

October 2, 2007
1:25 AM

Post #4038864

You can also used them to steam pudding.
Raggedyann
Lawrenceville, GA
(Zone 7b)

October 2, 2007
3:21 PM

Post #4040618

This lady that I went to church with when I was younger, baked her famous 'Pumpkin Bread' in the cans too. I thought it was weird but it came out in a can shape instead of a loaf...


Susan
Brender
Topsham, ME
(Zone 5a)

October 2, 2007
3:31 PM

Post #4040661

My gram and mother used to do it that way, some kind of apple pudding, and then sliced it with string. Yummo with home-made lemon sauce... drooling puddles. off topic, sorry!
msrobin
Caneyville, KY
(Zone 6b)

October 2, 2007
7:31 PM

Post #4041486

Not really...the question WAS what can you do with coffee cans. :) And now I'm hungry...really hungry!
Brender
Topsham, ME
(Zone 5a)

October 2, 2007
8:01 PM

Post #4041601

Yup, I could go for some of that and a cup of coffee myself!
UniQueTreasures
Beaumont, TX
(Zone 8b)

October 3, 2007
4:54 AM

Post #4043378

Did y'all save me any of the Pumpkin Bread? Good Golly that sounds good. My Mom's neighbor used to make a pumpkin roll with a cream cheese filling that was to die for. I've always wanted to try and duplicate it.

Mmmmmm I can taste that pumpkin now!

Janet

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

October 3, 2007
5:03 AM

Post #4043398

This time of year I have seen some adorable cans spray painted orange and the "cut out" face painted in black for jack o lanterns. Also saw a Frankenstein made of a can. Painted the face/can purple, black hair etc and added a metal wire for a pail.

You could paint them, use a bottle opener/can opener to punch a few holes along the bottom and plant in them outside. My SIL uses them to organize 'stuff" in. Cleaning supplies, clothes pins, if it will fit in a coffee can, she uses it!

I LOVE the cat bird house! I want a dozen of those!!!
Pat
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

October 3, 2007
12:30 PM

Post #4043854

dahtzu,
the best thing you could use them for right now is to hold all your smashed up BLUE glass bottles ... ;-)
Cheryl
Raggedyann
Lawrenceville, GA
(Zone 7b)

October 3, 2007
1:38 PM

Post #4044077

Janet, a lady at my church makes those pumpkin rolls with the cream cheese filling. She brought one Sun. to our coffee hour and I resisted because I am on a diet! LOL I can get the recipe for you :) I have tasted hers and it is awesome. Sunday we are having a craft/bake sale and it's one of her top sellers .

Susan
UniQueTreasures
Beaumont, TX
(Zone 8b)

October 3, 2007
1:53 PM

Post #4044110

Thanks so much for the offer Susan. I'd love that recipe. It's been many years since I tasted Juanita's Pumpkin Roll. She moved away 10-12 years ago. But I can still, to this day, recall how wonderful it was. I would love to add it to my Thanksgiving menu so my family would remember something of mine like that. :-)

I've not had a decent oven for 2 years. Can you imagine what it's been like to create a spread for your family's celebration with little appliances? This year, I've got the "grandaddy" of ovens to create my meal with, so I'm looking forward to baking up a storm.
LavinaMae
Grantsboro, NC
(Zone 8b)

October 3, 2007
10:22 PM

Post #4045787

take 2 large coffee cans cut bottom off one and put it on top of the other duck tape it in the middle.
get material big enough to put around the 2 cans to cover up the tin.
We used old towels.
Take the plastic top and put on ,material and cut out a circle to cover top of plastic
Can put bows on side of this , flowers etc.

Hold 3 to 4 rolls of toilet paper, thus its hidden in something pretty any where you want to store it.

Lavina
msrobin
Caneyville, KY
(Zone 6b)

October 4, 2007
1:28 PM

Post #4047622

Cool idea, LavinaMae!
red_princess_71
Lilesville, NC
(Zone 7b)

October 4, 2007
1:41 PM

Post #4047650

I love making pumpkin rolls.. in fact getting ready to make some in the coming weeks. for the last 4-5 yrs we have gone by this recipe and the compliments that we have received is unbelievable. I love this site on getting many of my recipes.

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Granny-Kats-Pumpkin-Roll/Detail.aspx

Char
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

October 4, 2007
3:26 PM

Post #4048024

Thanks for the recipe link .. Hubby loves Pumpkin rolls When he was still working a Man at his office use to bring them in for everyone. His wife made them .
Cheryl
UniQueTreasures
Beaumont, TX
(Zone 8b)

October 4, 2007
7:18 PM

Post #4048854

Great link Char. Thank you so much. I love the way you can enter how many servings you want and it re-calculates all of the ingredients for you. I've bookmarked that recipe and hope to make it for the holidays.
red_princess_71
Lilesville, NC
(Zone 7b)

October 4, 2007
7:27 PM

Post #4048906

You guys are so very welcome...I thought it was a well known site and everyone had it...sorry.
Yeah i like the way it calculates everything for you to.

Char
Brender
Topsham, ME
(Zone 5a)

October 4, 2007
8:03 PM

Post #4049051

Major droolage going on here...

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

October 25, 2007
4:32 AM

Post #4121103

I tried to post a picture from Oriental trader of a scarecrow head using a coffee can... it is cute!!
http://www.orientaltrading.com/application?namespace=browse&origin=catalogProducts.jsp&event=link.itemDetails&demandPrefix=15&sku=48/3227&prodCatId=377654&mode=Browsing&sp=true&Ntk=all&mr=PP_Fall_Crafts&Ntx=mode%2bmatchallpartial&N=377654&in_merch=1

I'm hoping the link works...
red_princess_71
Lilesville, NC
(Zone 7b)

October 25, 2007
10:19 AM

Post #4121330

OMGarsh that is scarecrow is to cute...I keep forgetting to tell my mom to keep those cans...and soon they wont be made outta can anymore, just those plastic jugs type things...(smacks heads...remember remember remember)


Char
Raggedyann
Lawrenceville, GA
(Zone 7b)

October 25, 2007
1:02 PM

Post #4121649

I love that scarecrow too and the crow that they show at the bottom of the page. Some of the teachers at my son's school order from Oriental trader so much that parents get a discount too.
Do you know how many cans I have thrown away? When baby formula came in a big can...kicking myself! LOL
Somewhere I saw a can painted lavendar with a handle used as an Easter basket...

Susan

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

October 25, 2007
3:46 PM

Post #4122226

The cutest painted can I ever saw was in a craft homemade gift shop couple of years back. They painted the can purple and made it into Frankenstein! It was soooooo cute!
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

October 25, 2007
9:58 PM

Post #4123353

Hello all and thank you for all the great ideas. I'm going to save the coffee cans and as soon as I finish with the broken glass projects I'm doing, Just might tackle the cans.
crashbandiscoot
Springfield, OH
(Zone 6a)

October 27, 2007
2:19 PM

Post #4128607

I really wish i had a picture to show, I think the best crafty thing i ever made was , Santa candy tins out of coffee cans . With torn strips of white fabric glued around the top for his hair, and the same for his beard, with cute whimsical eyes and face.
Everyone just made a fuss over how cute they thought they were. I was so proud!
They really can hold quite a bit of homemade goodies in them too!

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

October 27, 2007
4:49 PM

Post #4129069

Crash, that's cute! I did something very like that to help a teacher. She was using little plastic cups but the idea was the same. She filled them with candy and gave them to the kids for gifts. YOURS was on a much bigger scale!!
msrobin
Caneyville, KY
(Zone 6b)

October 28, 2007
7:53 PM

Post #4132743

I've seen the Santa Face cans before and they are just as cute as can be!
crashbandiscoot
Springfield, OH
(Zone 6a)

October 28, 2007
8:33 PM

Post #4132839

really do wish I could find a pic, he had little holly berries and leaves in his "hair". And a wire handle, it was fun to make too. I'm sure we could find one googling. Truth is I may still have the book somewhere, I will have to look.
red_princess_71
Lilesville, NC
(Zone 7b)

October 30, 2007
7:42 PM

Post #4140226

I found this one on google...it is the cutest..think i will make a few for the summer


Char

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crashbandiscoot
Springfield, OH
(Zone 6a)

October 30, 2007
7:50 PM

Post #4140257

That is cute!!
red_princess_71
Lilesville, NC
(Zone 7b)

October 30, 2007
8:17 PM

Post #4140360

Here is another one...


Char


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crashbandiscoot
Springfield, OH
(Zone 6a)

October 30, 2007
8:19 PM

Post #4140367

Oh my that is the cutest one yet!!! Thanks
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

October 31, 2007
2:39 AM

Post #4141701

Boy with all your cute ideas, I'm glad I couldn't throw out my cans. I'll do something with them for sure as soon as I finish gulp...all these projects that you have been posting that I want to copy..A very long list. No matter, by the time I can really work with cans, I'll have more of them..
Thanks, everyone.
Gourd
Mesilla Park, NM

November 6, 2007
5:00 PM

Post #4164126

I made these grotes using the coffee can as a form, I suppose you could leave the can in there and make a top to it too, to store things..lol. Got the intructions from Scooterbugs Gote 101 in the Hypertufa and concrete forum. My daughter was visiting and joined in on the fun and made most of these ones. It is very difficult to find metal coffee cans, I just bought one of those big popcorn tin cans, maybe I can make a stand using it as a form.

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psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

November 6, 2007
5:25 PM

Post #4164226

Oh my goodness! I hope everybody enlarges Gourd's picture and takes a look at those face/head pots!!! You and your daughter made all those with the hypertufa? I hope you posted a pic over there too! I LOVE them!!
Gourd
Mesilla Park, NM

November 7, 2007
3:23 AM

Post #4166279

lol.. you should see people's faces when they see those... then they look at me like i'm a weirdo..lol I may have posted them at the H&C forum..
daisyavenue
Long Beach, CA
(Zone 10b)

November 7, 2007
3:47 AM

Post #4166362

Those are amazing, Gourd!!
Gourd
Mesilla Park, NM

November 7, 2007
3:49 AM

Post #4166367

Thank you daisy... how have you been?
A.

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

November 7, 2007
3:49 AM

Post #4166369

Weirdo? I think they are too cool for words! I love them and I want to make some!
daisyavenue
Long Beach, CA
(Zone 10b)

November 7, 2007
3:54 AM

Post #4166391

I am good! Are you still in my old neck of the woods? I need to head that was soon to see my folks. Still trying to decide if we will move back.

That garden fence is really pretty too. I don't think that they look weird at all!

There is a DG member who sells on Etsy and does really wonderful head vases. (I think that it is okay for me to post her Etsy store, right?)

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=58556

Gourd
Mesilla Park, NM

November 7, 2007
3:56 AM

Post #4166396

You know, I think I met her at the farmer's market and we discussed DG a little bit, she gave me her card, I have to find it.. she does ceramics huh?

Yes, I'm still here, near Mesquite, when do you plan to come down?
kimarj
(Kim) Philadelphi, PA
(Zone 6a)

November 7, 2007
4:01 AM

Post #4166413

Hello all ...Gourd your grotes are wonderful!!
daisyavenue
Long Beach, CA
(Zone 10b)

November 7, 2007
4:02 AM

Post #4166415

Yeh! I just remembered that she is in your area! Small world!

We might drive out for Thanksgiving but that won't give us much time so I may put it off 'til Christmas. I will let you know before hand.

You and DD should put your head pots on Etsy! I bet they would do great!
Gourd
Mesilla Park, NM

November 7, 2007
4:04 AM

Post #4166421

psych, they are really easy once you get the hang of it... also, FOLLOW the directions TO a "T", please... and you need another pair of hands when you make them, it is almost impossible to get them out of the can by yourself.


Have fun and make some, they are all very unique.
A.
Gourd
Mesilla Park, NM

November 7, 2007
4:08 AM

Post #4166431

Thank you Kimarj..

We will definitely be here for Christmas, DS and his wife and my DD and her DH..lol. will be coming to our house this year... at least they are thinking about it,, i think they liked to BBQ in Southern Cal when we lived there for Christmas, but, heck, it isn't that cold here and it would be great..

You need to come by, I'll send you my phone number, this time I don't even want to travel anymore, too much to do and two dogs & a cat... yikes.. we will go to ABQ next week for Veteran's day to take a couple of things to DD.. but that is it.

A.
daisyavenue
Long Beach, CA
(Zone 10b)

November 7, 2007
4:12 AM

Post #4166442

Great! I will Dmail you as soon as I know! :)
msrobin
Caneyville, KY
(Zone 6b)

November 7, 2007
4:27 AM

Post #4166481

Gourd, I love your work! They are so cool! So, did you just mold the faces free-style? I've thought of doing something similar, but I'm not sure I could make faces like these!
Gourd
Mesilla Park, NM

November 7, 2007
4:30 AM

Post #4166490

Alrighty Daisy,

msrobin, yes, just roll the sections into small balls, like dough.. it is so easy, you will not have a problem.. the link for the directions/instructions is on the Hypertufa and Concrete forum, called Grote 101, by Scooterbug..

You can make them solid also, to place thing on top of them, and thank you for the compliment...
A.
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

November 7, 2007
10:12 PM

Post #4168882

Gourd, Love those...you got me wanting to play/work at everything I see. LOL will never catch up. Such a talented lady.

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

November 7, 2007
10:48 PM

Post #4168972

I went to the link you suggested, and then to ALL the links from there... I especially liked what adding the glass pebble to the eye, and then covering it slightly like a "real eyelid" would. It just added an element of class to it. I REALLY want to do this! I love those grotes, I'm glad that someone took the time on one of the links to explain "grote" as I'd never heard the term before.
cathy4
St. Louis County, MO
(Zone 5a)

November 7, 2007
11:18 PM

Post #4169042

This may be the craft I am able to do, it looks like so much fun!
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

November 8, 2007
2:17 AM

Post #4169667

O BOYYYYYYY I know what my cans will be used for.. Thanks Gourd.
msrobin
Caneyville, KY
(Zone 6b)

November 16, 2007
6:49 PM

Post #4200398

Gourd, thanks for the info. Have to go back and read the other forum now!
Cordeledawg
Cordele, GA
(Zone 8a)

November 17, 2007
3:10 AM

Post #4202046

I like the bird feeders made from coffee cans. Haven't done it yet but read about them. It's amazing what you can do to recycle instead of throw away stuff.
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

November 20, 2007
3:02 AM

Post #4212343

I must be a natural junk collector because I have never wanted to throw anything away.
Raggedyann
Lawrenceville, GA
(Zone 7b)

November 20, 2007
2:36 PM

Post #4213392

http://www.sampler.com/ME2/dirmod.asp?sid=243477E5D9A44584A7098A2C181B203F&nm=In Our Home&type=market&mod=Marketing Manager&mid=69E296C667A143BFBB60569007D6ED6C&tier=3&id=A5AE3FA83EA24A66A1B3B279729EC555&ntier1=Crafting Projects&ntier2=&ntier3=&ntier4=&ntier5=

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Cordeledawg
Cordele, GA
(Zone 8a)

November 21, 2007
12:34 PM

Post #4216452

Those are beautiful. If I could make those, forget flea markets, I'd try to sell them on consignment in fine gift shops! If those are paint cans, then coffee cans can work just as well. Some type of wire could be the handle. Hummmm
Raggedyann
Lawrenceville, GA
(Zone 7b)

November 27, 2007
1:21 PM

Post #4234386

This is one I picked up at a thrift store. It was probably punched as a flat piece and then made round. Hope you can see it.
My sis in law has one made from a paint can, it's rusty and has a hand with a heart inside. It looks cool when the candle is lit.

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katiebear
mulege
Mexico

November 27, 2007
3:57 PM

Post #4235109

You can make those by filling the pail almost full of water and freezing it. When there's ice in it, you can punch a design.

katiebear
Cordeledawg
Cordele, GA
(Zone 8a)

November 27, 2007
6:44 PM

Post #4235721

The candle holder is a great idea. Oh the ice trick is too!
daisyavenue
Long Beach, CA
(Zone 10b)

November 27, 2007
7:04 PM

Post #4235800

I saw some cans made into candle holders at the House Of Blues the other night and instead of pierce work, it was very fine scrolls of torch work. Does that make sense? The lines were actually very narrow and I don't know how they got a flame so precise! Didn't have my camera with me but will try to get a pic next time I go for gumbo.

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

November 27, 2007
7:40 PM

Post #4235979

They probably used a Jeweler's Torch... mine has several very fine tips.
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

November 27, 2007
10:16 PM

Post #4236650

Thank you all for the great shows of talent. I had no idea a simple coffee can could be put to so many uses. I'll be anxious to try some of them this spring.
Raggedyann
Lawrenceville, GA
(Zone 7b)

December 11, 2007
2:34 PM

Post #4283863

http://www.youarespecialpatterns.com/specialindex.html

Scroll down the left side of the page and click on " patterns" for paint cans made into some cute things.

Susan

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crashbandiscoot
Springfield, OH
(Zone 6a)

December 11, 2007
2:49 PM

Post #4283909

What a neat website! thanks!
deppes
Sedalia, MO

December 13, 2007
11:38 PM

Post #4292057

msrobin, Can you email that pattern to me? I've been looking for it for years. Thanks! deppes
jbpb
Pine City, MN
(Zone 3b)

February 24, 2008
12:55 AM

Post #4579373

We use every sized can for these sunflower feeders, the birds love them.
During the winter when its cold and windy the birds go right inside the can to sit and eat.

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Cordeledawg
Cordele, GA
(Zone 8a)

February 24, 2008
4:53 AM

Post #4580327

How Cute!!!! Looks like they'd make great birdhouses too.
mcrochet
Marilyn Glen st. Mar, FL
(Zone 9a)

February 24, 2008
4:19 PM

Post #4581784

I made Easter baskets out of them one year,,,couldn't get enough made before the holiday,,,but did sell enough to be able to go camping at the Suwannee and pay for the weekend campsite, rent one golfcart and two bicycles for the weekend and buy food for the trip.
I will try to find a pic and post it. painted the can to look like a Bunny,,,use telephone cord for the handle,,,put a large pink or blue ribbon on the side,,,filled with candy and wrapped in pink or blue celephane. they were a hit with the locals.
Cordeledawg
Cordele, GA
(Zone 8a)

February 24, 2008
4:24 PM

Post #4581804

Do you own a gift shop? How did you market your craft? That's a wonderful way to save for vacation money! I haven't been to Stephen Foster Park since I was in the 6th grade, many many moons ago. Sigh...
Rocco
Tulsa, OK
(Zone 7a)

February 24, 2008
4:54 PM

Post #4581930

I have built several of these birdhouses using coffee cans. The illustration is for a small coffee can but I have also scaled up the dimensions for a larger can. Removing the dowel rod allows for easy cleaning. Mine were constructed using a 6' X 6" cedar fence plank for the pieces.
http://www.birdsandblooms.com/Coffee-Can-Birdhouse/1/deta
Cordeledawg
Cordele, GA
(Zone 8a)

February 24, 2008
5:24 PM

Post #4582052

Love it! Did you put the roof on it too like in the picture using the same cedar wood?
Rocco
Tulsa, OK
(Zone 7a)

February 24, 2008
8:18 PM

Post #4582707

Yes, the roof is also cedar. I didn't think that the plywood or pieces of paneling suggested in the plan would last outside. The six inch wide cedar fence board cost less than $1.50 and made several birdhouses. I used weatherproof glue and small 1 1/4" brads to do the assembly. The birds are happy!

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Cordeledawg
Cordele, GA
(Zone 8a)

February 24, 2008
11:23 PM

Post #4583437

Looks like wrens would love those. Did you use a drill for the drainage & air circulation vents? I think I'd have to use an icepick. I don't own a lot of power tools but I'm wondering if I could make some similar for all the bluebirds I have around here. The face and back look like square pieces turned up, right?
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

February 25, 2008
12:08 AM

Post #4583668

Rcco,
thats a great bird houst idea thanks I wonder if you could use the red plastic coffee cans also.
Cheryl
Rocco
Tulsa, OK
(Zone 7a)

February 25, 2008
1:03 AM

Post #4583896

Cord / Den
I have a metal punch that I use for the air vents and drain holes. An ice pick would work fine. The end pieces are square. For a small, one pound type can, the end pieces are 5 1/2" square and the roof pieces are 9" x 5 1/2". I used a 1/4" diameter dowel rod 8 1/2" long.
The red plastic cans would work fine. You would just have to scale the woodwork to fit.
The cedar fence boards are 5 !/2" wide which makes everything easy,one cut and you have an end piece, another cut and you have half of the roof.



dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

February 25, 2008
2:43 AM

Post #4584329

jbpb, & Rocco, love those ideas. will be making both from my cans. Thanks!

Polyacre
Rapid City, SD
(Zone 4b)

February 27, 2008
8:22 PM

Post #4597064

I don't remember where I got this picture from ! Some where here online... Anyway I saved the pic so that I could make one myself.. Havent yet ! But hope to someday. It is hard to read but on the front it says "Ye olde coffee shoppe".

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denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

February 27, 2008
11:51 PM

Post #4597958

Polyacre,
what is the vine made out of on the "Ye olde coffee shoppe". bird house ..it is a cute idea
Cheryl
Polyacre
Rapid City, SD
(Zone 4b)

February 28, 2008
3:33 PM

Post #4600544

Deni -- Yes just love it. I am not for centain what it is but I think that it is a cabinet handle. I have seen them at Lowes.
planolinda
Plano, TX

February 28, 2008
11:35 PM

Post #4602399

very clever--
MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

February 29, 2008
1:20 AM

Post #4602831

This thread is great as indicated by the length of time it's been going. Gourd...we call those face jugs and have several in ceramic but I'm checking out the your info to make these for the garden.

The birdhouse is inspiring. The luminaries (?) are beautiful. I need to get off my can and get going!

L
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

February 29, 2008
1:20 AM

Post #4602832

good idea
thanks
Gourd
Mesilla Park, NM

March 2, 2008
8:56 PM

Post #4613393

oooh, I really like the birdhouses too.

You all will laugh at this, one of our Golden Retrievers uses one of the Grotes as a potty..lol. I haven't a clue as to why!! She's too much of a lady!! lol
Polyacre
Rapid City, SD
(Zone 4b)

March 3, 2008
12:22 AM

Post #4614083

LOL Gourd !! What a sweet lady she is!! I liked the pictures that you took, and I am going to try and make some this summer.. I hope they turn out half as neat as yours..


Paula
Gourd
Mesilla Park, NM

March 3, 2008
1:53 AM

Post #4614481

Poly,
make sure you have a second pair of hands taking the concrete out of the mold, pulling the plastic bag was hard, as it forms some kind of suction.. and if you don't do it in a certain time frame, it gets stuck in there... the rest is easy..lol
Gourd
Mesilla Park, NM

March 3, 2008
5:00 PM

Post #4616946

Maypop,

Did you make your ceramic face jugs? I just got a kiln and (dont' know how to use it yet) but that sounds like a neat project.. Do you have a mold, or do you sculpt the face jugs.. more exciting, do you have photos? I'd love to see them.
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

March 4, 2008
2:19 AM

Post #4619228

me too Maypop,

Faye

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