Wednesday, September 14, 2011

VINTAGE STYLE BIRDHOUSE

I had wanted to make a birdhouse out of an old oil can and license plates. I had 2 license plates that came off my husbands last company truck. What a neat way to display them is on this bird house. Well when I told my husband what my intentions were, he took me off to a numerous number of antique stores before I found my oil can, since then I have seen many. LOL When we got home after a full day out, it was time for me to start dinner. My darlin hubby thought he was going to surprise me and have the house done. I was a little upset as I wanted to take pics of each piece before and after.  He is a good man, so I couldn't stay mad for very long. I can't wait until the license plates get rusty.


We hung it in the Mgnolia tree





We didn't get any tenants this year, but I sure do hope that this spring we get a family to move in. I will lay out some materials in the yard just incase. It sure is a nice home for a lucky bird to hatch a family.
Hugs,
Ellen

Iwill be linking this post to

Mary at share the love Wednesday

52 comments:

outjunking said...

I found you over at Very Merry Vintage Style, and glad I did. I like anyone who likes birds and has such a cool bird house. Your new follower.
Lisa

Honey at 2805 said...

This is just too cute! Hope you have tennats by next year so you can spy of the neighbors!

See you at Potpourri Friday!

Shirley said...

So cool...I will have to remember to save some old license plates when I see them in yard sales..I'm sure the bird will be ready to rent this next spring..all they need is a dryer sheet..Haha!

very merry vintage style said...

Great way to recycle these items. You're right--rust makes everything better! Thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday!
Mary

Nicole said...

I love how it uses out of the ordinary pieces for the house. Very interesting. Me likey!. ;)

bj said...

Now, this is just as cute as it can be. Bet you will have birds making a home in it next summer..
Thanks for stopping by.
xo bj

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

too cute Ellen! I bet you and Shirley have a blast out shopping together. :)

Stacey said...

Cute idea - and recycling friendly! LOve that! You should link this up on the blog Funky Junk INteriors - linky parties happen over the weekend!
Stacey of Embracing Change
p.s. - thanks for stopping by my blog - so glad you are following along!

JenGrenko said...

What a cool birdhouse! I love repurposing things like this! I hope some nice birdies make their nest there next spring! I love the story of your blog's title. Too funny!

Lori said...

Your birhouse is so cool! Love it!

Bella Vista Cottage said...

Hi Ellen, this is so clever and tooo cute!

Thanks for following Bella Vista....following your adorable blog right back.

Barb

lvroftiques said...

Awww that was awfully sweet of your hubby! I know it's hard for my hubby to understand my blogging "need" to document every little thing *winks* Your birdie maison is really cute! And I love where you've placed it. ....I'm sure it will find a happy family soon. Vanna

Natasha in Oz said...

I bet you will get some tenants next Spring! Who wouldn't want to live in that gorgeous home!

Best wishes,
Natasha.

Deborah March said...

SWEET!! Great way to repurpose metal!

Ido said...

Hi Ellen, that birdhouse is gorgeous, hopefully you have tenants next year.
Wishing you a great weekend!
XXX Ido

Ido said...

Hi Ellen, that is a lovely birdhouse! Hopefully you have tenants next year!
Wishing you a great weekend!
XXX Ido

Honey at 2805 said...

This is one of the cutest birdhouses I've ever seen! Next years, birds will be flocking to it!

Thank you so much for linking to Potpourri Friday. Your participations makes the party more special!

Babs said...

Now how cute is that? Some lucky bird will have a wonderful and fun place to nest. I love repurposing things into something new.
Babs

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜@ Debbiedoos blogging and blabbing said...

That is really cute, and very clever!~ Thanks for your sweet comment on my wood crate too. Come see me on Monday for my newbie party, I host it once a week, and would love to have you.

Richard Cottrell said...

I love the birdhouse. I wish I had a bunch to sell in my gift/antique shop. Thanks for stopping by my blog. My Old Historic House. And especially thanks for the nice comment. I am your newest follower. Richard

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

What a cute birdhouse. I think you and the hubby did a great job and I'm sure you'll have grateful tenants next season! Thanks for stopping by my blog...I'll be stopping by yours more often because I'm your newest follower!

Lorie said...

That is such a fun birdhouse!!

The Vintage Chateau said...

So very clever! I hope you get some tenants soon!
Karee

Desire Empire said...

That is a very cute idea. Hopefully you have some luck with sme nester next year.

Donna Gelineau said...

This is what I wanted to do with the old gas can I have. I just didn't know what to do for the roof. Love it! I am a new follower.

Barbara Rosenzweig said...

Thanks for your good wishes! My Devil's Trumpet won the competition.

Fabulous bird house! You'll have the new tenants fighting over who gets in!

Cindy said...

What an adorable and creative birdhouse! I love birdwatching, so I may have to try this idea myself! Thank you for following my blog - I'm your newest follower. Very nice to "meet" you!
Cindy

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

What an awesome idea Ellen. I love it.

Cindy said...

How creative! What a perfectly vintage birdhouse...too cute!!!
Thanks so much for visiting. :)
Blessings,
Cindy

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

Such a great recycling idea! Btw, Thanks for the sweet comment on my bruschetta :)

Zuni said...

Hi, Ellen. It's so nice to "meet" you. Thanks for stopping by my post, and your nice comments. I immediately came to yours, and what a treat! I LOVE your birdhouse, and the timing is great, because I just retired my BEACH 11 plates, and I wanted to do something with them (since they say "beach" :) ). Ask hubby to make you another one so you can do the tutorial for us! I'm following you!

Marcia - Crafty Sewing and Quilting said...

Ellen -- I am your newest follower! Love your birdhouse! Great idea! Thanks for stopping by my blog also. You left a comment on my blog but I can't reply to you as you are a non reply blogger. So please email me at Marcia@craftysewing.com.
Again wonderful birdhouse!

Linda said...

Wow what a great idea! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving that lovely compliment. Hope to see you soon.

Nancy said...

This is so cute! Just love the idea!

Nancy

Something Nice and Pretty said...

What an unique birdhouse, I never would have thought of that!
Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog and leaving a comment.

Rondell

The French Hutch said...

How clever and a great way to use old license plates. I love the little house, the roof has a much needed overhang to keep the family cozy and rain free. This is cute as can be..........

~Emily
The French Hutch

Tracy Suzanne said...

Hi Ellen. What a cute Hedda Hopper story. I think your bird house is darlin' and your husbands a keeper.

Thanks for comming by and making me feel so good about my cupcake holder. If you get a chance stop over here:
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I'm your newest follower and hope to become a new friend.
Hugs...Tracy :)

xinex said...

This is really cute and quite unique...Christine

lauren @ West Furniture Revival said...

LOVE THE BIRDCAGE. GREAT REPURPOSING OF THE LICENSE PLATE. I USED ONE IN AN UPCOMING PROJECT BUT I JUST CUT OUT PART OF IT.

Kelly said...

What an unusual looking birdhouse. I really like it. Sometimes, I think it takes a while for birds to figure out it's there. I bet it will be occupied this Spring!

poppilinnstudios said...

How cute! Hope you get some tenants next Spring.
-Lynn

Rose ~Victorian Rose ~ said...

Something tells me when it rains..those birds REALLY know about it...we had a tin roof on our cottage years ago...sweet memories.

CUTE IDEA.


Rose

Ann said...

Love your creative and fanciful birdhouse. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch said...

What a creative bird house. How cute to use license plates as a roof.

Audrey said...

What an ingenious way to re-purpose an oilcan...will have to keep my eyes open so I can try this.Thank you for stopping by my blog. Audrey

Sandy Ang said...

how clever !

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Good Morning,
Thank you so much for visiting me at Home is Where the Heart is (athomewithelizabethgary.blogspot.com)
Its a pleasure to meet you. I love how creative you were in making this charming and whimsical bird house.. what a great way to recycle. Just darling...
I am your newest follower.
Have a sweet day, Elizabeth

Musings From A French Cottage said...

I love this! How cute and what a great idea.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! I really appreciate your kind comment!

Blessings,
Kathleen

SavannahGranny said...

Helen, I love the bird house. It is so cute. Do you think the residual oil in the can will harm or keep the birds away? Just thinking.
My hubby can't understand me taking pictures but he puts up with it. He drew the line once when I wanted to photograph his plate.LOL.
I am still loving Wanda!
Hugs
Ginger

MyChampagneTaste said...

So cute...I think "not just a housewife" blog is having a link party just for the license plates

Jo's This and That said...

So cute ! i like your bird house. Thanks for visting too and the lovely comment.

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

Love this. anything vintage is for me. Very original

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Hedda Hopper


Birth:

May 2, 1890
Death:

Feb. 1, 1966
Actress, Journalist. Despite a 23 year career that encompassed over 120 motion picture appearances and chorus girl roles on Broadway to motion pictures, she is best remembered for her newspaper column and radio show that focused exclusively on Hollywood gossip, a subject she was able to tell more about to her audience due to her Hollywood insider status. Born Elda Furry in Holidaysburg, Pennsylvania, she left school to act on Broadway. In 1913 she married marquee star William DeWolfe, a man who was 32 years her senior. They had one son, and divorced in 1922, but she kept his name for the rest of her life (and changed her name to Hedda on the advice of a numerologist). In 1931 she began “The Hedda Hopper Show”, which initially ran as a 15 minute gossip show mostly devoted to Hollywood marriages and divorces. Enormously popular, it ran until 1951, and on the strength of its popularity she started the “Hedda Hopper’s Hollywood” column in the Los Angeles Times in 1938. She steadily gained a reputation for exposing tidbits about the lives of Hollywood figures, and created a character of herself in her own right, especially in regard to her vast collection of sometimes outrageous hats, and a long standing feud with rival gossip columnist Louella Parsons. With the advent of television’s popularity in the late 1940s and early 1950s, he radio show waned, but she herself became a staple of television programs and game shows, being a frequent panelist on “What’s My Line?’, and appear on shows like “I Love Lucy”, “The Colgate Variety Hour” and “The Beverly Hillbillies”. In 1960 she received the Journalistic Merit award, and published her autobiography “The Whole Truth and Nothing But!”, which recapped her over 20 years or being an Hollywood insider. She died in Los Angeles of double pneumonia in 1966, working right up until her passing. As a Hollywood icon, she created a number of friends and enemies; she gave harsh advice to actress Ida Lupino, which helped her gain recognizable part, but was despised by actress Joan Bennett, who once sent her a skunk. In 1985 a movie about the feud between her and Parsons was released as “Malice in Wonderland”, which Jane Alexander as Hedda Hopper and Elizabeth Taylor as Louella Parsons