Showing posts with label garden. Show all posts
Showing posts with label garden. Show all posts

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Little Craft: scare owl

Have you seen those plastic owls that people put in their gardens to scare away other birds and pests? Some even move their heads and say “hoo hoo”.  I’m not sure how effective they are. I’ve heard stories of real birds landing on top of them.

To test out a scare owl, you can make one with your little crafters. This is a great project if you’ve planted a new garden and are trying to establish seedlings. I made this scare owl out of throw away plastic so that it would be water proof in my garden.

The body of the owl is an ice cream lid, the wings are cut from a frozen food tray and the feathers are made from plastic sheet protectors.

I used my glue gun to assemble the pieces. Regular glue would be more kid friendly for this project, just make sure the glue you use will hold up in hot or wet weather.

Once the body, feathers and wings are assembled, glue on flat marbles for the eyes and a bead for the nose. Glue your scare owl to a stick and let your little crafters place it in the garden.

Hopefully, it will scare away any pesky critters. If not, it’s still a cute plant stick.

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Friday, February 11, 2011

The Inspiration Board: spring garden planning

It’s beginning to feel like spring in my neck of the woods. I know many people are still in the middle of winter but it’s still a good time to start planning for a spring garden.

I’ve been tearing out inspirational garden clippings from magazines and finding pretty images online.

I’ve been saving the clippings and images in my notebook and was going to pin them to my inspiration board. Instead, I decided to keep them in the notebook where I could jot down notes, ideas and lists for a spring garden.

This spring green color is the perfect starting point.

Love the texture of these planters.


Blue, turquoise and mint. So pretty.

Definitely needing some indoor color.

On my project list: tomatoes, strawberries and other splashes of red.


Wishing you all a great weekend filled with springtime ideas.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Upcycling: bird feeder

I fell in love with these ceramic birds when I saw them at the 99₵ store. I bought three but I regret not buying the whole shelf. I can think of a lot of cute projects for these little guys.


The first project that came to mind was a bird feeder. I decided to use sisal twine to hang the feeder and simply hot glued the twine to the bottom of a thrift store plate. Neatness didn’t count since it wouldn’t show and I wanted it to hold.
Note the big blobs of glue.


Then I attached my bird and hung the bird feeder in our white birch tree. I was so excited about this project, I forgot to buy bird seed.

I like it – I hope the birds do too.