Saturday, August 13, 2016

Make this cute wiggly bird magnet quick and easy

Recycled Wiggly bird magnet


You can make this fun wiggly bird magnet from a recycled soda can.  I bet you didn’t know that soda cans are so easy to use for crafting.  It’s bendable, lightweight and cuts like a dream.  And best of all it’s free and recycled so it won’t end up in a landfill. 

When you attach the magnet to a wire spring a little touch make this a very wiggly bird!  So, lets get started.

Materials:

Soda can
Duct tape in any print you choose
24-gauge wire
Needle nosed pliers
Wire cutters
Scissors
Craft knife and self-healing cutting mat
Pencil
Wiggle eye
Ceramic magnet disc
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks


Directions:

1.     First you will need to cut the soda can top and bottom off.  Be careful when cutting.  Cut it into a rectangle.  Bend the rectangle in the reverse direction of the can so that it lays semi-flat.

Recycled Wiggly bird magnet

2.     Download and print the bird pattern.  Now trace the bird pattern onto the aluminum can piece and cut out.

Recycled Wiggly bird magnet


Recycled Wiggly bird magnet


Recycled Wiggly bird magnet


3.     In the next step, cut two pieces of duct tape and cover the bird on the cutting mat.  Press all around the edges with your fingers.  Cut all around ¼” bigger than the bird using the craft knife.  Peel up and off the mat.

Recycled Wiggly bird magnet


Recycled Wiggly bird magnet


Recycled Wiggly bird magnet


Recycled Wiggly bird magnet


4.     After you remove the duct tape covered bird and turn to the back.  Make little slits all around the duct tape to the edges and fold back. 

Recycled Wiggly bird magnet


Recycled Wiggly bird magnet


Recycled Wiggly bird magnet



5.     In the next step cut a piece of duct tape to fit over to cover the back evenly and press to adhere.  Use the hot glue gun to attach a wiggle eye to your bird. Bend the bird to curve slightly. Your bird is now ready to add the magnet and make her wiggle.

Recycled Wiggly bird magnet


Recycled Wiggly bird magnet


Recycled Wiggly bird magnet


Recycled Wiggly bird magnet

6.     Wind a piece of 24-gauge wire around a pencil about 1 ½” up.  Cut off with wire cutters. 

Recycled Wiggly bird magnet

7.     Using a hot glue gun attach the end of the coiled wire to the back of the magnet let it set.  Then attach it to the back of the bird with some more hot glue.

Recycled Wiggly bird magnet


Recycled Wiggly bird magnet

Recycled Wiggly bird magnet


Recycled Wiggly bird magnet

8.     Attach to any magnetic surface.  Slightly touch the bird and you will be amazed at how she wiggles!










6 comments:

  1. Too cute! Thanks for the tutorial. I do love birds!

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    1. Thanks for visiting and commenting!

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  2. So cute!! I love this idea! I would have to wear gloves, don't want to cut my hands! LOL!

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    1. Gloves are a good idea, but if you are careful you can cut the cans quite easily even without gloves, but safety is one of the reasons besides attractiveness is why I cover it with duct tape. Thanks as always for you visit and comment!

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  3. Such a cute idea! Thanks for sharing at the #InspirationSpotlight

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