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!
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.
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.
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. :-)
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.
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!!!
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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...
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!
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!!
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.
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..
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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...
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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...
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
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!
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?
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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.
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".
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
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.