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Tea-Pot Bird House

Do you have a tea-pot that has a crack, chip or missing the lid?  Why not make a bird house !!  If you follow my blog, you know I am addicted to this drill bit by Hitachi, found at your local hardware store.  This drill bit works great on ceramics and glass and comes in many sizes, and it seems to never dull, my bits are about 3 years old.

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Supplies needed:

  • Teapot
  • Drill Bit
  • Water (optional)
  • Moss

I drill ceramics and glass under water, keeps the bit cool and avoids cracks and breakage.  I also like to put a piece of packing tape on the area I am going to drill, so the bit doesn’t slip off my target.  I drilled a hole in the bottom of the tea-pot and added some nesting material, moss, and hung from a tree.  I had my binoculars ready, waiting for my new friends to move in and one moved in, but not what I expected.  How did he get in there?

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Last August I posted another use for your tea-pots in the garden, I couldn’t wait to bring it back out this year.  http://www.aponytailkindofday.com/2012/08/13/garden-tea-party/

Have an ugly stump in your yard?  Why not use it for a planter?

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All Bottles in a Row

I love, LOVE lighted wine bottles.  I posted a how to video in August on how to make a wine bottle light, I wanted a few for my kitchen window. Thanks to my wonderful friends who give me their recycling, I had collected a wide assortment of beautiful bottles.  The bottles ranged from blue Flex wine, Saratoga sparkling water, to Tequila and Rum bottles.  I was feeling ambitious one day and drilled holes in all of them and added lights.  As I was adding lights to each bottle, I was like a kid at Christmas, mesmerized by the lights, and the beauty that each bottle gave off when lit.   I love the dramatic visual they created all lined up.

Dig out your bottles and  follow my previous post.  Not only will you get a dramatic display, you get another excuse to buy more wine, too. *wink*

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Silverware Vase

By now you have all figured out that I love to take an item and turn it into something else.  I can spend days at my workbench, I have put a tv, phone and internet on my bench, so why not, lol.  One of my favorite things to do is play with my silver plate collection.  I saw a vase made out of a hollow knife and a bent spoon, so I thought I would give it a try.  The first 2 knives I sawed were not hollow, the 3rd was and the hollow part was full of sand, what a mess!!  The hardest part to making the vase was attaching the knife to the spoon, since I am a beginner at soldering, it was a challenge.  After many failed attempts, I decided to use epoxy and it seems to be holding well.  I would love to learn how to weld, but that has to be another day.  The vase is small, will hold a little water and a stem or two, but I love the way they look.

 

I have to laugh when I go silver plate shopping and I tap my ring on the knife to see if it is hollow.  The looks I get 🙂

 

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50 Crafts and Projects using Recycled, Repurposed and Upcycled Cans

I found this wonderful post this morning while having my morning Pinterest fix.  http://www.bystephanielynn.com/2011/09/50-crafts-and-projects-using-recycled.html

I love a good project you can make utilizing items you would noramlly just toss away. It’s not only a great way to recycle and be green – but an excellent source for free crafting supplies and materials. {and who doesn’t like a homemade project that costs next to nothing to create}