Hobbies: Leftover nuts, bolts make metallic menagerie

FamilyFun magazine staff

We turned nuts and bolts (and a few other hardware store leftovers) into a metallic menagerie. Here’s how:

1. Collect several empty cans. For each animal, you can keep one end open, or nest a slightly smaller can inside.

2. 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.

3. 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.