Sunday, April 7, 2013

Birthday Bucket Birdhouse and an Evapo-Rust Giveaway!

Last month I found this ice cream bucket at a sale.  I was thrilled to find one as I had been wanting to make a birdhouse out of one for years.  My husband loves to make gifts for birthdays, and the timing was perfect to make this for mine.  :)
And not only did I get a birdhouse out of it, my friend Heather got one for her birthday out of other parts of it!  Talk about Reuse and Recycle!

He started by reinforcing it with glue, caulk and some extra pieces of wood inside.  Our winters get very cold and our summers get very hot, so it needs to stand up to the elements.

The top was made out of aromatic cedar.  OMG, while he was working with it, it sure was aromatic!!  

It's a good thing he's an engineer to make sure all of the angles worked.

More internal structural improvements...

We put it out in the yard last Saturday and there's already a bird family checking it out.  I'll be so happy if one takes up residence!

Now on to the Giveaway!  The makers of Evapo-Rust sent me a sample of their products and asked if I would review them.  

I started with these rusty, dirty yard tools.
  These loppers were left outside one time when we lived in Oregon...  Lots of rust  and an unhappy wife!

Evapo-Rust is water soluble, Biodegradable, Non-toxic and non-corrosive.  There are no acids, VOC's or fumes.  

 The directions say that you can soak the products or if they're really big, treat them with the product and wrap them.  I decided to put it all in a tub and see what happened.  I left these for about an hour.  (on the upper part of the Fiskars that didn't fit in the tub, I rubbed the product on with "0" steel wool)

Look at how well the rust came off!

After using the Evapo-Rust, rinsing the item and wiping them clean, I applied the Rust-Block.
They are now back to looking clean and new!
I have a new 1 gallon Evapo-Rust and 16 oz. Rust-Block to give away to one lucky follower.
The only rules are:
Leave a comment on how you would use Evapo-Rust.
You must be a follower of my blog.
(Make sure I can get in touch with you if you don't have a blog.)
This giveaway is open only to US addresses.

I will use Random Number Generator to pick a winner on Friday, April 12th. 
My opinions are my own on Evapo-Rust and Rust-Block.
The winner of the Evapo-Rust Giveaway is  Dawn @ Creative Cain Cabin.  Congratulations Dawn!

Thanks for your visit!
I am linking to the following parties:

Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home


  1. I too hope a bird family takes up residence in your stylin' birdhouse; they'll be the envy of the neighbourhood.

  2. Oh my goodness, your hubby is so talented. What a great project made from and old bucket. I know it's going to give you many years of pleasure. What a great product, I have a couple of screw drivers as well as pliers that could sure use this product.. fondly ~lynne~

  3. I love how your bird houses turned out. The green ice cream one is my favorite. The color is just perfect. Pretty crafty idea:)

  4. Oh my goodness...these two bird houses are sooooo darn cute!!! I have been wanting one of those freezers thanks for the bird house idea. I am sure Mr.CC could use this wonderful rust stuff on some of his count me in.


  5. Oh my gosh Pam I LOVE LOVE that birdhouse!!
    Great giveaway... I would use it to do just what you did, cleaning all our outside tools. I'm sure I would find plenty of other things to use it on too!

  6. What an adorable birdhouse! I love it.
    Hmmm... I think I'd use it to get the rust off my garden tools too! I could do every tool in the shed probably!

  7. Your hubby has got talent! That is the sweetest birdhouse ever!!! I would use it the same clean those tools!
    Hope you'll come link to the party :)

  8. This would be really nice for our gardening tools!

    jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

  9. I love that birthday! What a wonderful way to reuse things! Some birdies are going to have a lovely home.
    I certainly could use that rust remover prize...I bow my head and admit that I don't take care of my tools like I should. Just found a pair of wire cutters on the ground near the chicken coop, that I must have left there all winter.
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  10. I'm loving the bird house, I would have never thought of doing something like that with it.

    I would use the rust remover on my yard tools my children (adults no less) have left outside. Then I would hide them away under lock and key!

  11. Just found your site from: Between Naps on the Porch. Love the birdhouse!!
    I would use this to clean up all of our old yard tools that we have had for years!!
    lemontart5kb at gmail dot com

  12. The birdhouse is absolutely lovely!

    I think I need to de-rust some of my garden tools. I confess I haven't done any maintenance on them at all.

  13. Now that is one cool birdhouse (literally)!

  14. That is a gorgeous birdhouse! With my luck, a squirrel family would move in.

    I sooo need the Evapo-Rust! Somebody (that would be me) left loppers, shears and even a chain saw unprotected all winter. What a mess!

  15. What a beautiful project! I have a new weekly link party which is live now and I would love if you stop by and link up this wonderful post! Hope to see you there! Hugs, Maria

  16. What a fun project and something would love to do with my kids.

  17. Living in Oregon, I would use the rust removal products on everything as you well know!!! Thanks for the chance to enter your giveaway!

    Love the birdhouse and I happen to have a wooden ice cream bucket in my garage that is awaiting my hubby's attention-emailed the link to him already-I love it!

  18. That birdhouse is awesome!!!!! I have thrown away several old rusty garden tools lately....I will have to pick up some of that Evapo- Rust

  19. Cool birdhouse, and great way to show how to remove rust off your tools! The birdhouse would be a fine center piece for any garden, or an addition to a nice patio! Who doesn't enjoy watching the song birds come flutter around?

  20. What a great idea for a bird house. I guess you can use most anything if you just know how!. I am not that creative, I need to see something first. :) The Evapo-Rust looks like a winner!!

  21. What a great idea for a bird house and the Evapo-Rust looks like a winner!

  22. Hey that's pretty amazing for a birdhouse. You have a great hubby that's full of talent, wow, that's one lucky bird. Thanks for sharing your story, I really enjoyed reading it. In case you have problems with sockets not working then simply visit our site for more info.

  23. Now thats what I call home remodeling: Bird Style! It looks quite effective. I should do that up here in Allentown, but add my own stuff so its not plagiarism.

  24. You sure know how to decorate your house . That bird house is simply super.

  25. Cute birdhouse.I was thinking about doing something similar with a galvanized bucket.

  26. Love that ice cream bucket birdhouse. Great job. Thanks for sharing.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  27. That's cute birdhouse, creative and resourceful.

  28. This is a great idea and so detailed! Thanks!


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