Hotrod Chevy BelAire Toy & Galvanized Gas Can Upcycled Birdhouse

August 2nd, 2011 in member junk     
gadgetsponge Brian Carlisle, contributor
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Recycled toy parts and an old galvanized gas can turn into upcycled bird house!
Recycled toy parts and an old galvanized gas can turn into upcycled bird house!

Recycled toy parts and an old galvanized gas can turn into upcycled bird house!

I started this birdhouse with one of my favorite objects -- an old galvanized gas can! I use some copper segmented to wrap the inside top of the birdhole. I then modified a paper plate/face of an antique typewriter for the bottom wrap on the front (Underwood). Some old pieces of a brass fireplace screen fan piece were used on the sides going up. Then came the use of several dissected pieces from a broken metal Chevy Bel-Aire toy car. The hood is the awning and the back side panels are the shutters. Two wheels are used as a perch and as a spout top. On the back I created the look of a back fender or bumper by modifying a piece of a napkin ring and using old metal light panel indicators. A piece of an old license plate completed the look. For the footing, I used an antique enamelware / porcelainware bowl. Some careful grinding on the top surface brought out some of the nice features.

Here are the measurements...
Height: 11.5"; Width (side to side): 11"; Depth (front to back): 10.5".

Pattern or design used: My own design - Brian GadgetSponge
posted in: member junk, vintage, industrial, black, red, art, upcycled, collage, recycled, t birds, sculpture, gas can, chevrolet, garden art, mixed media, toy, steampunk, Found Objec

Comments (4)

gadgetsponge writes: Thanks Doggbo! I really dig your Olds Buffet with the lights. Mega-creative! I need to get after it and do another car themed birdhouse. My 4-year-old-son brings me his broken cars from time to time "to make a birdhouse out of it, daddy". Most of the time, the wheels fall off the cars and he brings them to me. He's already upcycling!!! Posted: 7:31 am on September 26th
doggbo writes: This gas can bird house would look so cool in my garage next to my 51 chevy truck and car!What talent you have been given to see bird houses the way you do! Posted: 6:11 am on September 26th
gadgetsponge writes: Thank you! That's the way I look at them too.

I've really been diggin your posts. Those crate stencil stairs, your signs, and everything else are right up my alley of likes! Posted: 1:26 pm on August 8th
Funky_Junk_Donna writes:

So cool! This isn't a birdhouse. It's art. :)


Posted: 11:53 pm on August 7th
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