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Tin Lid Birds Upcycle

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Tid lid birds are easy to make using tin can lids or canning lids. Paint the lids, attach wings, beak and legs and get creative on how to display them!

I have a fun project to share today.   This is one of those projects that just kind of happened. Sometimes my projects that just happen don’t go so well, and others. . .well, you be the judge.  We are loving these tin can lid birds!

If handling a tin can lid scares you, substitute a canning lid or use a can opener that doesn’t leave sharp edges.

 

Tid lid birds are easy to make using tin can lids or canning lids. Paint the lids, attach wings, beak and legs and get creative on how to display them!

I gained some inspiration for this project when I saw the cute denim bird that my friend and fellow blogger Beverly @ Across the Blvd. made for her burlap and denim wreath.   It is so cute and you can see her project [HERE].

Looking at my craft supplies, and I found a stash of tin can lids.  I  knew I’d think of something to do with them eventually!   I couldn’t resist doing a little embossing with the wings.   I made the birds and then wondered how to display them.

I found some beautiful paper and thought about using it as a background for the birds, but I didn’t have a frame large enough for all the birds to fit nicely into.  Then I spied some left over vinyl chalkboard contact paper and knew that I had found the solution.   Score!    Love a project that can not only be completed in one evening, but you also have everything you need in your craft supplies!

Supplies Used:

5 tin can lids

craft paint

paint brushes

38 gauge embossing foil

embossing stylist

aluminium foil

scissors

tooth picks

jewelry wire

silver spray paint

glue gun / glue sticks

foam board

vinyl chalkboard contact paper

brayer

Bistro chalk Markers

removable mounting squares

Paint each tin can lid a different color.   (I embossed the wings.  You can find info on how to emboss in Post 3 of my Basics of Embossing series found on the menu bar under Metal Embossing How-To).   I cut some beak triangles from my metal scraps.
Tid lid birds are easy to make using tin can lids or canning lids. Paint the lids, attach wings, beak and legs and get creative on how to display them!
Metal triangle beaks for Tin Lid Bird project.
In order to make the bird feet, I took toothpicks and wrapped a small piece of jewelry wire at one end.  I secured it with a bead of hot glue.   I spray painted all of the bird feet with silver spray paint.
Bird feet for Tin Lid Bird project.
I had a few scraps of tin foil left over from my Shabby Easter Egg project, so I cut thin strips and made two tufts of hair for the larger birds.  I glued these to the back of the unpainted side of the lid.  Then I glued the wings and beaks on each bird.
Aluminium foil for Tin Lid Birds.
While the bird feet were drying, I cut a piece of foam board to the size I wanted.  ( I always keep foam board in my supplies because we use it so often for school projects).
Using the brayer to smooth out the contact paper, I attached the chalkboard vinyl to the foam board.
Vinyl chalkboard paper and brayer.
Once the bird feet were dry, I used the hot glue gun to attach feet to the unpainted side of the tin lids.
Using Bistro chalk markers, I drew a tree branch with budding leaves and wrote Welcome Spring across the top.
To finish, I attached a square of the removable mounting squares to the back of each bird and stuck them on the chalkboard.   I decided to use the mounting squares because I plan on using this chalkboard for other things and I figured I could remove these when I was ready to change things up.
Removable Mounting Squares.
So I actually ended up with 2 projects in one.  I have cute spring display chalkboard  and I have a faux chalkboard that I can use to display other things!
I have asked Mr. Hobby to make me a frame for my faux chalkboard – but I’m sure it will take a while.  Perhaps the frame will be finished and attached by the time I’m ready to re-make this chalkboard display into something else.  Hope so.
Tid lid birds are easy to make using tin can lids or canning lids. Paint the lids, attach wings, beak and legs and get creative on how to display them!

If you like this project, we’d love if you’d Pin It to share.  Thank you!

Tid lid birds are easy to make using tin can lids or canning lids. Paint the lids, attach wings, beak and legs and get creative on how to display them!

Hope you have a great week and Thank You for stopping by!

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20 Comment

  1. Beverly Roderick
    March 8, 2015 at 1:51 am

    Laurie, this is absolutely adorable! Very creative! I would never have thought to make birds out of tin can lids.I love the embossed wings. Thanks for the mention of my wreath project. I'm happy to know that my little bird inspired you!

    1. Laurie
      March 8, 2015 at 2:02 am

      Aw, thanks Beverly. I had so much fun making them. Welcome, I just love your little bird!

  2. So cute!

    Thanks so much for stopping by and for taking the time to comment!!

    Hugs,
    Deb

    1. Laurie
      March 9, 2015 at 1:38 pm

      Thanks Debbie! I enjoy every visit to your wonderful blog!

  3. Dee M
    March 9, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    That's adorable, Laurie, and super creative too! 🙂

    1. Laurie
      March 9, 2015 at 4:16 pm

      Thank you Dee. It was fun to make and I'm trying to use up some of the craft supplies I've stashed. I think I've been to the craft store way too much lately 🙂

  4. Lacey Charrene
    March 10, 2015 at 3:50 am

    I absolutely love these. We love diy trash to treasure projects. Hmmm this has me inspired! Thank you, saw you on 2015 Spring Craft Blog Hop

    1. Laurie
      March 10, 2015 at 1:13 pm

      Thank you so much Lacey for taking the time to comment! I'm so happy this project has brought you some inspiration! Have a great week!

  5. Mila Myk
    March 15, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    Oh my, this is soooo cute and inventive! Pinning and hoping you will join as at Idea Box Link up!

    http://milaslittlethings.com/2015/03/idea-box-thursday-link-party.html

    xx
    Mila
    milaslittlethings.com
    milawayable@gmail.com

    1. Laurie
      March 15, 2015 at 1:42 pm

      Thank you so much Mila! I'll be sure to come over for the party.

  6. Crochet Hooks
    March 15, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    oh these tin birds are so cute and springy! love the art you made with such simple items Laurie! a masterpiece for sure 🙂 Thanks for sharing with us at Snickerdoodle, hope you will also link this to our upcycle party if you haven't already (http://2crochethooks.com/march-craft-challenge-jeans-or-clothing-3/)

    1. Laurie
      March 15, 2015 at 2:15 pm

      Aw, thanks so much (and for the share) ! I'll jump over an link up!

  7. Danielle Siero
    March 23, 2015 at 11:22 am

    Those are so cute! I love it when crafting ideas turn out so great! Thanks for linking up with us at Idea Box! Hope to see you back in the future. 🙂

    1. Laurie
      March 23, 2015 at 1:13 pm

      Thanks Danielle

  8. Gail @Purple Hues and Me
    May 10, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    This is truly an adorable recycle/upcycle craft! Who knew to make cute little birds from tin can lids? You did, that's who! And what a wonderful creative idea it is!!!

    1. Laurie
      May 10, 2016 at 7:47 pm

      Thank you Gail. I do love these little birds! They do make me smile when I see them!

  9. Kathleen Aherne
    May 12, 2016 at 11:36 pm

    That is so cute and creative. Are you sure that it is your husband that has too many hobbies LOL?

    1. Laurie
      May 13, 2016 at 4:20 am

      Thanks Kathleen. lol, my husband and I both got a chuckle from your comment 🙂

  10. Sherry Nappa
    May 13, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    This is super cute! My grand daughter would love to have one of these.

    1. Laurie
      May 13, 2016 at 11:12 pm

      Thanks Sherry!

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