Garden art weathers into place, eventually becoming a natural outgrowth of the landscaping. It can be as whimsical as your imagination and as creative as your youngest child or crafty visitor. People your garden with a barn board garden party and playful, no-maintenance pets. Enhance the flowers with flower-painted pots and give the birds some competition with homemade wind chimes, everything made from recycled trash and treasures.
Old fence boards make great garden friends when you decorate them with stones, shells, twigs, branches and paint. Saw boards to various lengths to make an eclectic grouping or “kids” and “grown-ups.” Use weathered wood as-is or paint it in vibrant colors, adding polka dots or subtle stripes for interest. Use heavy-duty glue to attach small stones with painted eyeballs, acorn noses, shell lips and ears, twig eyebrows. Paint a bow tie or hair bow in a standout color. Staple, screw or nail curly coated wire on top for hair. Embellish your people with whatever odds and ends you find and then screw or nail plain wood garden stakes to the back at the bottom and “plant” your artsicles in flowerbeds and along fences for whimsical garden guests.
Make a simple bamboo wind chime for a sturdy shrub, low tree branch or the spokes of a patio umbrella. Use a short length of bamboo -- about 6 to 10 inches -- and tie old forks and spoons to synthetic string about every inch along the bamboo rod. Vary the lengths of the string so the silverware hangs unevenly but be sure it can clang together when the strings move. For more interest, small bells and shells with holes drilled in them and other treasures can be knotted in place along each string. Keeping the strings pretty close together ensures that it won’t take a gale to set the chimes ringing.
Painted Flower Pots
Wash and dry ceramic flowerpots and break out the paint. Small children can use the pots as a canvas for colorful flowers, suns and stars, stick people or anything else their imagination produces. Spark ideas with a drawing of a garden snail or some pictures of tomatoes, peas in pods or ears of corn. Older kids might want to sketch a design on the pot and then paint it in. To keep colors bright season after season, paint or spray the finished art work with clear acrylic before using the pots on the patio or in the garden.
Terra Cotta Pot Puppy
The Artistic Garden website shows how a potting shed full of old clay garden pots can give you the foundation of a garden pet. Two large pots, glued with openings together, form the puppy’s body. Four small-to-medium pots, glued to the underside of the body with heavy duty weatherproof glue, are the paws. The tail is four to six very tiny pots, stacked and strung on a stiff curve of galvanized wire that fastens to one end of the body through a drain hole. A medium pot, open end up, is glued on the large pot opposite the tail to form the head. Plant the head with bushy green foliage and stick some real moss or sphagnum moss into every available crevice where pots overlap to give the puppy a more natural look, as if it has grown right out of the garden.
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