You can find stacks of tin containers at thrift stores and often at garage sales, they are really easy to work with if you have tin cutters! I got this pretty little tin container at a rummage sale last weekend:
I have made many tin birds through the years, I usually put legs on them so they hang on a wall.
Check out this tutorial if you want a step by step to make the birds with legs.
This bird is intended to be a gift tag and will look so pretty perched on a package!
Tin containers are easy to cut. I start with a can opener to remove the bottom:
Then use wire cutters to open the side so you can press the tin flat.
Cut out a house shaped piece and two wing pieces. TIP: don’t use felt pen on the painted side of the tin, it is impossible to get the felt pen off without ruining the finish.
I save pictures of birds! When I go through a magazine if there is a bird, I tear it out. I have about 100 bird images and I sort through them and this bird was perfect. I back the magazine image with cardboard so it is sturdy.
After I made the tin bird I had some left over tin and got the brainstorm to make some earrings. They turned out pretty cute and would make such a nice gift with the tin bird perched on the box as a gift tag and the coordinating earrings inside the box!
When I purchased the tin container at the rummage sale and I knew it would make a cute bird, but it was a nice surprise to get the earrings too…….. a perfect two-fer!