What you need to make your recycled tin can bird house:

• Big tin
• Enamel spray paint
• Epoxy glue
• Rubber tubing
• Pliers
• Metal spike
• Hammer
• Bottle top
• Old ceramic saucer
• Ceramic lid
• Craft knife
• Dowel stick

Step 1

Make sure all your tin cans are clean, rinsed and dry, and ready to be upcycled. Do the same with the ceramic plate and lid as well as the tubing.

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Step 2

Take your tin can onto the grass or wherever you are able to spray-paint without painting something else, and spray-paint your tin.

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Step 3

It’s a good idea to stand it on another smaller tin so that you can spray all the way around the tin and you won’t get your hands sprayed.

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Step 4

Remove any labels that you have on your tin or they will come off later and look tacky.

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Step 5

Once it is completely painted, take your hammer and nail, place your nail a little higher than the middle of the tin so you can create the hole for the birds to go into to nest. We are making a small hole with a nail to start with so you can get your pliers into it. Hammer the nail into the tin and then pull the nail out.

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Step 6

Insert the tip of you pliers into the hole and cut the tin open as in the image.

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Step 7

With your pliers roll the bits of metal in so that you fold away the sharp edges and have something for the tubing to hold onto.

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Step 8

You should be able to test with your finger to make sure there are no really sharp edges.

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Step 9

Take your rubber pipe and measure around the circle to get a measurement of how long it needs to be.

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Step 10

Using your box cutter, cut the plastic pipe to where you measured it and cut a slit it along the length of the pipe.

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Step 11

You should be able to open the plastic pipe up and gently insert it around the folded metal.

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Step 12

With your nail, make a smaller hole below the big one, this will allow you to put your rubber coated dowel stick in.

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Step 13

Cut another piece of pipe the length of the dowel stick you are going to use and put it around the dell stick, and then put the dowel stick into the hole.

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Step 14

Use the epoxy glue put one line of the one part on a piece of wood or anything you can throw away after And then put the other half next to the other one with the same amount of glue, mix the two glues together.

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Step 15

Carefully put glue all the way around the bottom of the tin and place the tin and the saucer.

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Step 16

Put your glue around the top of the tin and place the ceramic lid onto the top of it.

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Step 17

Using the bottle top, stick on your house number and your house is ready for some birds to move into.

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