For fun family time, try one of these sweet and easy projects made from everyday materials.
Turn nuts and bolts (and a few other hardware store leftovers) into a metallic menagerie. Here's how:
- Collect several empty cans. For each animal, you can keep one end open, or nest a slightly smaller can inside.
- Use 1/2-inch round magnets to attach nuts, corner brackets, hex bolts, machine screws, and more to the cans. For extra sturdiness, use 1/2-inch permanent glue dots to adhere the pieces to the magnets.
- Create feet for legs by screwing nuts on the ends of machine screws. For whiskers, place screws at the edge of a magnet; the magnetic attraction will hold them on.
For safety's sake, keep magnets and small hardware items away from young children.
Originally published in the February 2015 issue of FamilyFun magazine.