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Yummy Knives & Forks Holder


What a beautiful idea from:

As the instructions are in French, I had a look around for how to attach the tins.  It looks like a simple screw will do it.  Here's some specific instructions (plus more ideas):


Tin Can Lantern


We had such a funny discussion on our Facebook page about this!

I tried to make one and couldn't even get my nail to pierce the tin.  Luckily, other SharperThinkers were here to help.  Lucy says freezing water in the tin first definitely helps, Carole says dirt works too.

The project (and photo credit) can be found here:

and WikiHow also have instructions here: :

Painted Pots Galore


Oh the agony of picking only one photo but this looks like something that kids can have easy success with.

I suggest Resene test pots for paint because it's very opaque and good quality.  It will only take one or two coats - unlike thin kid's poster paints that we all know seem to need a 100 coats!

I'm not sure if we need instructions but the photo credit and instructions are here:

Bird feeders


The project on the left requires a few woodworking skills while the one on the right really calls for artistry - I'll let you choose!

Instructions are well as a whole bunch of other upcycled feeders!

15 DIY Bird feeders That Will Fill Your Garden With Birds


Candle Holders


It's starting to look like Christmas!

Get the instructions for this project here if you can speak Danish (?).  If not, fill a tin with sand, decorate the top with moss or plants, pop in white candles.  Voila!



Not a tin, Not a candle

The only thing about making candle holders and lanterns out of metal is...they get jolly hot with candles in them.

I also made a beautiful ceramic house once and have to tell guests not to accidentally brush it with their hands when it's lit - as the evening goes on, it starts to burn!

Did you know we have a wooden Christmas (Sparkle) tree kit?  The LED inside it is very bright and cheerful, but it stays cool to touch.

It is recommended for age 11+ so teens and adults will enjoy making this kit.    Have a look here.



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