Funky yard art can be treasured by any homeowner. Many artists sell their creations in galleries, thrift stores or on the Internet. You can craft your own yard art using recycled home items or craft supply store purchases. Funky yard art adds an individual touch of interest that lends charm to your home and landscape style.
Frosted Patio Lights
Save and wash out old colored bottles and remove the labels. Cut them at their mid-point and trim to a scalloped edge, then spray them with a colored, frosted spray to simulate the look of frosted glass. Holes cut in the bottom of each bottle hold one light socket on a string of miniature lights. Hang the frosted lights from tree branches or a patio umbrella, or set them on stakes along a pathway or around your patio’s borders to light up your landscape. As an alternative, leave the bottle intact and set it on a table, fill it with pebbles or sand and place a tealight in the center.
Create a tiered stand for your yard with an assortment of ceramic plates and cups you no longer use, or comb thrift stores and flea markets for a variety of designs. Beginning with a dinner plate as the base, alternate cups or mugs with plates of varying sizes stacked and glued with a strong ceramic glue. This eye-catching piece of artwork is useful as a bird feeder, birdbath or plant stand.
Creative Plant Marker
Add a funky plant marker to the space in front of newly planted seeds in your garden. Mix and scoop premixed mortar into an 8-inch long rectangular plastic tub that is two inches deep. Glass marbles, rocks or shells will adhere to the top of the mortar while it is still wet. Fold a 5-foot piece of copper wire in half and shape it into a vertical coil about 4 inches in diameter. Stick the straight end of the coil into the mortar. It will be held fast once the project dries. Insert the empty seed packet inside the coil for a colorful marker for your new flowers.
Re-purpose an old window as architecture for your landscape. Attaching chains to the top two corners of a window frame allows you to hang the window from a pergola or swing A-frame, creating the illusion of separation between the inside of the structure and the outside. Paint the window frame with a punch of color or let it weather for a rustic look.
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