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Cheese Grater Owl

By: Amanda Formaro from

"Upcycle an old stainless steel cheese grater into a fun and quirky outdoor owl garden decoration. Although this lil’ owl is utterly adorable, his edges are quite sharp (he’s made from a cheese grater after all!). Not only did we make a super cute decoration for the outdoor garden but we used materials we had around the house. An old stainless cheese grater, some mason jar lids, bottle caps, a tree branch, and copper wire were all that were needed to create this little guy. If you have leftover bottle caps from this project, see this Bottle Cap Horse and Bottle Cap Flower for your garden as well. It feels good to upcycle! "

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Materials List

  • 1 Stainless steel cheese grater 9” high
  • 2 pieces Mason Jar lids 2.75" diameter
  • 2 pieces Metal bottle caps 1.5" diameter
  • 2 pieces Metal beer bottle caps 1" diameter
  • 2 screws with washers and bolts
  • 1 Drill Press with appropriate sized drill bit
  • 1 Copper wire 15" long
  • 1 Tree branch 9" long
  • 1 Small tree branch triangular shaped cutting approx. 1" long
  • 1 Hot glue gun with clear glue sticks


  1. The jar lids will form the owl eyes, stacking the smallest lid on the top to the biggest lid on the bottom.

  2. Create a paper template for drilling holes into the jar lids.

  3. Visit for full tutorial

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