Thursday, July 5, 2012

Garden Art Again

Just a few more ideas for ya'...

A concrete bench top. I used a big mixing tub as the mold. The legs are just concrete retaining wall pieces.

 A friend gave me this orange sink. Chester loves this outside dish that gets refreshed with the sprinklers.

 Concrete leaves are fun to cast. they capture amazing detail.

This birdbath also gets slimy, so I turned the bowl up-side down to make a mushroom

Another scrap tile idea, plus another one below. I find all kinds of little tables at second hand stores and garage sales. The uglier the top the better because it will be cheap and you can turn it into your masterpiece!

More Do-It-Yourself Garden Art

Here are more ideas. Have fun creating!

 The metal frame was a Goodwill find. It is actually an ugly wall hanging but turned over had the perfect little concave side for a tile project. I used scrap tile and numbers from Jo-Anns. After grouting i sealed the whole thing with a spray-on clear enamel.

 A yard sale frame and house numbes from various places that I gather up second hand. There is a wire grid for suporting the numbers. I ahve been adding to this for ten or so years.

Old drawers and new paint make nice tables.

Mushrooms from candlesticks and lids/bowls.

 My new favorite thing. This old light fixture was already green and it made me think of the garden. I cut out the wiring and glued in solar lights. It is fabulous at night.

 This is a Goodwill table. I screwed a plastic picture frame, the cheap box shaped kind, onto the underneath side with L brackets, filled it with soil and poked succulents down in. I drilled some drain holes on the bottom. I positioned the brackets so the plastic part slides out.Will it survive a Montana winter???

Do-It-Yourself Garden Art

 I thought I would share some of my garden projects today. New purposes for old things makes for splendid yard art. Have fun and leave me a message if you want any details.

Yellow chair: this old lawn chair came with the house. I primed and spray painted it this happy color. It sits in Vinca Vine, which gets covered in purple flowers in the spring and has the magneta clematis backdrop in the summer.
 I found the bench base at Goodwill, complete with a really ugly cover. Beneath the cover was an even uglier cover and foam that smelled funny so it got tossed. I used scrap tile to make the mosaic top. The black grout is 'sanded ' and holds up better when there are gaps larger than 1/8th of an inch.

 This is a metal bird bath made from scrap odds and ends glued together. There are three plates, one lamp base, a jello mold, two candlesticks,a bowl, and an incense burner. It is very hot on little bird feet in the sun so it now sits under a tree.

 I have seven chairs with seats removed, painted blue, to help support my peonies.

This is the other lawn chair that came with the house. I'm slowly covering it with glass beads and wire. Chester claimed the hose as his nest.