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The DIY Club — My Saucepan Birdhouses

This has been the craziest week! I have been thinking about what to make for the DIY Club for a while. I just couldn’t make up my mind! I decided to go to D.I. (which is a local Utah thrift store) and see what I could come up with. I really wanted to make an outdoor project since it’s Spring — I’m excited to be out in the sunshine!

c Hmmm, those might be able to be transformed into something cool. I got the pans for .50 cents and the cake lid for $1. I had my father-in-law helped me cut circles out of MDF — he’s a handy guy. And he also helped me make holes for the birds using a tool that is made to cut out holes for doorknobs.
 Sponsored Materials:
Gorilla Glue (regular)
Gorilla Glue (super glue)
Gorilla Glue (epoxy)
Gorilla Glue (tape)
DecoArt Americana paint — red
DecoArt Americana paint — green
DecoArt Stencil — Tracey Moreau — Jacobean Stencil
Other materials:
Scrapbook Paper
Mod Podge
Saucepans or Cakepan lids
Roofing elbow material
Upholstery tacks
Outdoor spray polyurethane spray
I wanted to pretty them up with some paper. I was a little nervous about using paper for something outside, but after talking to the good folks at Home Depot, I went home with some industrial strength outdoor spray. I mod podged the paper one the boards and once dried, put about 10 coats of the spray over the top. And just to be safe, I put a think layer of Gorilla Glue epoxy along the edges of where the paper and the boards meet. I figure this is the place where water will seep in — so I caulked that up with the epoxy.
After the finish was all dry, I embellished the front of the boards, On some I hammered in upholstery nails around the bird entrance. The nails stuck out a little, so I put a strip of Gorilla Glue Tape over those — so no birds would get impaled – lol.
I thought it would be a good idea to put a covering over the bird entrance too. So at Home Depot I picked up a round roof flashing. I cut it into a little hood and put it though the hole on one. I attached it to the back with Gorilla Glue Super Glue. And the other two I attached it to the front using the same glue. I also put some upholstery tacks through the strips of the hood for fun.
I also attached a little bit of ric rac inside the hole of the bird entrance. I attached it with Gorilla Glue Super Glue. I added a little perch to the birdhouses by attaching some old knobs and a very old doorknob. The doorknob I attached by drilling a hold through the MDF and putting a screw through. I then attached some regular Gorilla Glue and put the doorknob on top of the screw and let it dry.I have to say that Gorilla Glue is awesome stuff!
The pots I painted with some DecoArt Americana paint. I put about 3 coats on each and then a couple coats of the same outdoor varnish spray that I used on the fronts of the birdhouses.  The largest birdhouse which is made out of a big cake lid, I left silver and used an DecoArt stencil to stencil a pattern on the sides. I really like this stencil. I am going to think of some other places to use it. I think it would be really cool to use on a furniture DIY project!
To attach the front of the birdhouse to the pans, I used hinges that I also bought at Home Depot. I drilled one side into the wood. Then I made a shim from a piece of wood and used Gorilla Glue Epoxy to attach the shim to the pan. Then I screwed the other side of the hinge into the wood.  On the biggest pan, I drilled a hole in both sides of the silver pan and then a matching hole through the front of the birdhouse and put a decorative ribbon through and tied it to keep the front of the birdhouse shut.
To hang the saucepan birhouses, I drilled a hole through one of the handles of the pans and put ribbon through. The other pan already had a hold in the handle. And the largest birdhouse, I drilled a hole in the top of the cake lid — toward the back — so it would hang straight, and put chain through the hole with an “S” hook at the end to keep it in the pan.
Ok – I can’t wait to see what you have made! 

I’ll Have A Link Up In The Morning!





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  2. These are super cute…however I would advise staying away from the teflon coated pots as teflon is very toxic to birds…

  3. Jenn Erickson says:

    Absolutely original and so creative! What an amazing project! Holly @ 504, my real-life pal, has been encouraging me to pay you a visit, and the delay has been not due to lack of interest, but due to lack of time. I'm just starting to get my feet wet again in the world of blogging and am so happy to have found a new creative spirit to "follow". Best, Jenn

  4. These are great! Also congratulation on the plug you got on the More Hip Than Hippie podcast! I've long been a lurker on your site so I was really excited when Dori and Val mentioned it.

    Thanks for all you do. I enjoy it all!

  5. Kimm at Reinvented says:

    Jen, you are a genius!!! I wish you could bottle your creativity, there are plenty of us that would be whatever you wanted for just a drop! thanks for linking up.

  6. Throw Open the Windows says:

    Wow, you are so creative! I love your attention to detail!! Very cute, thanks for sharing these!
    Rebecca :o)

  7. Very cute! Very creative! Are they meant to be only decorative?

  8. lifeshighway says:

    Your birdhouses maybe the cutest things I have ever seen. I cannot say anything that hasn't already been said other than to share my admiration.

    Except I love tator tots, that hasn't been said today.

  9. bridget {bake at 350} says:

    Now those are so darn cute…and CLEVER!!! Oh my gosh…you are SO creative; it boggles my mind!

  10. Those are so cute! And such a good way to use your old pans. Plus there are always pans at Goodwill that I wouldn't buy for cooking in, but they would be perfect for this!

    Thank you for sharing the idea!

  11. Ashley @ Little Miss Momma says:

    Total awesomeness, once again! Your blog makes me smile mucho!

    ashley [LMM}

  12. Its So Very Cheri says:

    Only You would see a saucepan and think BIRDHOUSE–they are sooo adorable. I really love them, now every time I see a saucepan at a thrift store I will think BIRD HOUSE.


  13. ~3 Sides of Crazy~ says:

    Jen these are fantastic! What an awesome idea!

  14. These are adorable. I think I will have to try one :) Thank you for posting the tutorial. I just love all the stuff you make. You are so talented.

  15. Sarah @HarriganHowdy says:

    Wow! This is ingenuity at it's BEST!! You've really outdone yourself, Jen. :) Love it. I want a f.i.l. that will cut things out for me. heehee.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  16. Jenglamgirl says:

    hey HUN~ you have been featured on my craft blog today! LUVS, JENN

  17. Ms. Bake-it says:

    Too doggone cute! So very clever!

  18. Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful says:

    You are AMAZING! Those are just too cute….love the colors and patterns. They scream SPRING!


  19. Jennifer says:

    Genious idea! Did you paint the entire pots and hinges with the waterproof varnish? I would be afraid the exposed metal would rust after a while.

  20. Jenglamgirl says:

    How ADORABLE JEN~ your ideas as always blow me away…. where did you come up with this idea? sheesh! LOVE IT! thanks for the emails too. Hugs, Luvs, Jenn

  21. You are seriously an inspiration. Every time I look at your blog I'm more amazed with the creative ideas you come up with. Thanks for sharing. – Katy

  22. Amy @ Positively Splendid says:

    It is official: you are a creative genius! Every single thing about this totally rocks!

  23. **Amy** says:

    Seriously?? You have got some serious creativity. I wish I could get inside your head and see how you come up with this stuff. I love those!

  24. Julie Harward says:

    I LOVE these Jen…cutest little bird houses I have ever seen! You are amazing the things you think up!
    (Hey, I am being featured on the Gooseberry Patch blog today..come say hi 😀

  25. AndreaLeigh says:

    you are too creative! I've got to get started on my project.

  26. Frippery says:

    You are brilliant!

  27. Lacie @ Creative Attempts says:

    i love it that is such a clever idea….dang I really need to learn how to use power tools :)

  28. Kenzie says:

    Great project! I love it!

  29. Love Stitched says:

    Those are so cute!!! I will have to *try* to make some of those for my yard!!!

  30. Tammy @ tinselshop.com says:

    What a cute idea! I just LOVE it!

    Best wishes,

  31. Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} says:

    Oh my, I think you may have outdone yourself this time. These are adorable! And incredibly creative. Love them!

  32. Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    Very clever and very cute!!! I love the sweet little embellishments. The birds in my yard would be proud to call one of these "home." :)

  33. Veronica says:

    All I have to say is that you are one super/amazingly Talented woman…..

  34. Kelli @ RTSM says:

    How seriously adorable are those birdhouses! I never would have thought to turn pans and lids into birdhouses…you are just too clever! I love all the colors that you used and the tacks are a great touch.

  35. Heather L. says:

    Wow Jen, those are amazing! What a great idea – love them!

  36. Micah Holden says:

    Fabulous idea! So CUTE, Think I may have to try this! Thank you for the tutorial!

  37. Stephanie Lynn says:

    Jen – I just adore these! Amazing and so creative…super cute too! I think this is one of my favorites of all time 😉

    p.s. what are you still doing up!

  38. Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com} says:

    Those are adorable! I just love them. What a fantastic idea :)

  39. Your bird houses are super cute! I would have never thought of that!