Crafts for my Garden! Help me?
My garden is quite nice in the summer. But in the winter, well, from the beggning of winter and then until good spring, it isn't too great. I have a few craft things in it, like, clay mushrooms, a metal butterfly sculpture, a cockrell sculpture, a GIANT lady bird and that is it. I realy need loads more stuff to make it coool! Help?
You could make a bird feeder from wood or hang it on a tree!
I saw the coolest thing for a garden bed.. using old bowling balls.. and glue glass globlets in color of your choice to make a very cool gazing ball. The sun will reflect off the colors of the globs
What plants have you got in your garden Amy?
Are they all summer colour? If they are, have you thought about planting some nice winter colour plants?
(not really a crafty answer I know, but I had to ask) =)
Violetta, I have got many many crows in my garden and it is a bugger to have bird feeders. We have a load of crow safe ones instead, and we have like 5 bird houses lol, enough. I may make something birds though.
Tina W, that sounds like a really good idea... if I could get hold of a bowling ball. Haha. Here in Wales bowling isn't big and I have never seen not even a new one for sale. It has made me think thought, that I could get like glass balls, likkee, fish bowls upside down with stuff in them. I saw one with pine cones in it before.
There are loads of daffodils coming up so there will be colour soon. But flowers and plants are so expensive, can't really afford them.
Get weaving.Our local salvage yard had a load of old theater wire. When ever i feel the need make a new basket I find a box and get going ( weaving around it's form).If you have bare bushes that a finger friendly and need pruning back use cuttings get weaving.Willow and dogwoods make great sculptures. Make tripods from wind blown limbs to add height.
Broken plates make great mosaics.Buy seed and check out your local WI you'll be amazed at the cheap plants you can source.Swap with neighbors for knowledge and networking.
Get to the local library as they have awesome ideas to.
If birds are a problem, you could make a sun catcher/scarer with old cd's and other sparkly bits.
I like to paint big rocks that aren't that heavy so I can carry them around. But I paint them with abstract pictures kind of like the patterns you would see on hindu clothes. I paint them in vibrant colors and place them in my garden, between the plants that aren't really that colorfull. They look great!
yes... I love your idea of the fish bowls.. go to a consignment store and look around.. also, call a bowling alley and ask about the balls.. or any kind of object you can use for mosaics.. which is great to add color to the garden during the bleak of winter! As far as your plants go.. befriend another gardener.. most are willing to share plants from their garden which need to be moved or divided. Thats a great way to get plants.. even ask neighbors or volunteer to help an elderly neighbor to weed their flower beds or plant some flowers in exchange for their extra plants?
To reply to your garden crafts, If you like glass and mosaics, try making some'glass totems'. They are easy and addicting. I have collected a lot of glass from garage sales and junk stores and you just start piling them into a form you like and glue them together. I can give you a link to another site just for garden junk. http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/junk/ I hope this helps you, I know I am a regular at this site too. If you use the search and enter' glass totems' you will find quite a lot. Happy hunting.
You could sculpt snails or other creatures. I use some of CO&K's how-tos, like these, to give me ideas:
Extrapolate from this how-to to make Snails:
I don't know how whimsical you want your garden to be, but if you want a fun budget project then you could always try this: http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/fairy_house
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