We saved cans for a few months. All that is needed to do this (besides excited kids) is a can opener, tin snips, wire cutters, pliers, a rubber mallet, ballpin hammer, or regular hammer to flatten the edges, an electric drill, wire and folder brads. We used thrift store finds for the heads.
|Before assembly but after they beat up the cans|
|now hanging in the faerie garden|
|we have no idea what this was but it's a beautiful girl guardian now|
|metal serving tray has become the handsome boy guardian with flirty eyes|
|now I'll admit the tin is sharp on these hands so we're thinking how to correct that|
I bought this orphan table at the thrift store for $12 minus 30% senior discount and we used 1 and a 1/2 bottles of chalkboard paint from the craft store. We have spent hours playing hangman, tic tac toe, drawing, leaving messages and generally saving electricity because the cuckoo family loves to gather round and watch what is being created on the table. This is the best thrift store purchase thus far.
|not exactly up to date styling and we do have lots of chalk dust but who cares|
|and the table is already too small for all the cuckoos who want to draw|