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We've heard the "voice crying in the wilderness" for years now. "Please recycle." What a simple plea. With time on our hands, we can take a look outside ourselves and get creative. And, what better way to start than with the simple things we have at our disposal?
This article will take you through four creative things you can do with empty beer cans and bottles. So, roll up your sleeves, and let's begin.
1. A Beer Bottle for Home Décor
Empty beer bottles can make excellent flower containers. The lady in the following video uses simple items you probably already have around the house. If not, these can be picked up easily and cheaply.
- rubbing alcohol
- round toothpick(s)
- No. 2 pencil(s) with erasers
- 4-5 various colored acrylic paints of your choosing
2. Broken Glass Art
While the art displayed in the following video may not be to everyone's taste, the technique certainly opens endless possibilities for some unique art.
- thick cardboard
- broken glass bottle(s)
- concrete or aercrete
- cement or acrylic paint, your choice of color(s)
- golden sparkles (optional)
If you have just a brown beer bottle, for example, you may want your background color to be white, light yellow, orange or red. The cool colors could work too, depending on existing colors of where you're going to display your art.
While the video creator uses cardboard, you may find cork board or a stiff poster board just as practical. Aercrete is a concrete mixed with soap suds. When it dries, aercrete is lighter in weight but just as strong as concrete. You could also experiment with thick applications of plaster, which would be easier to paint than straight concrete.
Other ideas would be to cover individual glass pieces with painter's tape, then spray paint the piece. You could carefully remove the tape after the spray paint has had a chance to dry. A resin epoxy could be applied to give the entire artwork an extra layer of protection and bring out colors. The possibilities are endless. Above all, have fun with your creative energy. You don't know what you can do until you try.
3. A Beer Bottle Bird Feeder
The following video shows how one man made a simple bird feeder from a Budweiser bottle.
Materials and tools used:
- a clean beer bottle with nearly flat cap
- pour-on epoxy (optional, if no label)
- a glass drill
- small wooden dowel
- bird seed
Of course, you'll need a tree or place to hang the feeder outdoors. The birds will love you for your effort. Be sure to check the feeder routinely and refill it when low or empty.
How to Drill a Hole in Glass (supplemental)
4. A Beer Can Hummingbird Feeder
Barefoot, reclining on your old sofa that you've had since college, you decide to watch a great basketball game is on television while sipping your beer. But soon, say early afternoon, you are running low on cold beer, so you walk (not drive, thank you!) back to the package store and purchase another six-pack of cold beer to finish out the day.
At day's end, you get drowsy from all of the cheese curls, nachos and cold beer, so you take a nap. No one's here to nag at you. It's your house and your day off. But when you wake up you have a disgusting surprise waiting for you: There are 12 empty beer cans laying conspicuously on your floor. The question is, "What do you do with them?"
Well, here's a video (instruction starts at 0:41) that uses a Coke can, but you can use any beer can. Just make sure the can has a bright red color or add some waterproof red tape around the feeder hole. Hummingbirds love red.
Materials and tools used:
- beer can
- can opener
- drill with small drill bit
- single-hole, metal punch
- coat hanger
- red, waterproof tape (better than yellow)
- table sugar
You'll also need an outdoor place to hang the feeder. Hummingbirds will love the empty beer can feeder you have given them. Just wash the beer can thoroughly with scalding water. Fill it with sugar and water (1:4 ratio of sugar to water works best) and place it on your front porch and before long, hummingbirds will be flocking to get a free meal. You'll want to clean the feeder routinely so your hummingbirds don't get mold sickness.
An Apology and Acknowledgment
This article was originally titled "10 Things You Can Do With Empty Beer Cans or Bottles" with a publication date of 2016. My friend Marie Flint has been revamping some of my unfeatured articles, and she felt inspired by the original title.
Unfortunately, the lead photo "Miller Lite Birdhouse" is no longer available for purchase on Etsy, nor is there an accompanying video to show how it can be made. As many of my followers may know, I do make traditional birdhouses. so I may decide to try and create something similar to the Miller Lite birdhouse. If and when I do, I'll post my experience and expertise in a future article.
Thank you for your continued support as my readers.
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