Repurposed Upcycled Saltine Cracker Tin Metal Birdhouse Art Piece

October 22nd, 2013 in member junk     
gadgetsponge Brian Carlisle, contributor
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I got the urge to make another repurposed birdhouse art piece. This is probably my 90th one or so. I've only got about six left on hand in my Etsy shop if you're looking for a great gift for yourself or someone else. I've run across this cracker tin many times in the garage and knew what it was destined for. It just so happened that I ran across this warming/burner plate and decided to see if they would fit. And that was the seed for the current project just completed and revealed here for you.... The two pieces worked perfectly together. And I happened to have an old alarm clock assembly to mount into the top of the tin box. It's always fun to think of new ways to incorporate vintage silverplate utensils into the design. And a good friend found the vintage tin dollhouse awning piece. I had been saving it for just this purpose. The light aqua blue went perfectly with the "PREMIUM" text color on the tin. The "wings" are blades from a vintage fan. The chrome handles worked perfectly on the sides of the base. The top lid does come off for some clever storage options. Or a great hiding place! The measurements are 13" tall; 10" wide; 8" deep.
Pattern or design used: My own design - Brian of
posted in: member junk, metal, art, napkin ring, recycled, upcycled, repurposed, burner, fan, bird house, fan blades, tin, electric fan, art piece, stove, cracker, birdhouse, mixed media, saltines, camp

Comments (5)

chicvintagetreasures writes: LOVE this! My family had one of these tins when I was growing up. I wish I could find one at a yard sale for a dollar...lucky you, Jim! Brian, you did a wonderful job here...truly a work of art :) Posted: 10:29 am on October 28th
CottageElements writes: Brian, awesome (as usual). Nothing but perfection from you! Love the little awning!!! And I have to say, too, they don't make packaging like anymore do they. What will we do when we run out of these awesome pieces? Paper boxes just will not be as cool :-(

Lani Posted: 9:58 am on October 27th
MakinItHappen writes: Thank goodness someone realized that the birds need to know what time it is ;^)
That clock is gorgeous, and that awning -- perfect! The whole thing is wonderful. Posted: 7:31 am on October 27th
gadgetsponge writes: Thanks Jim! I couldn't agree more. I think I got mine for about the same price. There's no telling how many they made back then. Glad they did though. Posted: 6:08 am on October 25th
JunkArchitect writes: What a great combination of parts and what could be a better use for a Saltine tin, other than holding crackers, than a birdhouse! You're going to think I'm crazy but I own about a dozen of these tins. I've never paid over a $1.00 for one yet I've seen them in antique shops for up to $25.00.


Posted: 5:55 am on October 24th
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