Crafts Especially For Gardeners and Birdlovers
Terracotta and Cement Garden Decor
"Aging" Terra Cotta
Garden pots and sculptures
If you'd like the terracotta to look aged, add moss to the outsides
I saw this aging technique several years ago, on a curb-appeal show.
These look great in a natural or rustic landscape.
I like when moss grows
naturally on terracotta and i have never removed it.
Don't use this techniques on items that will be holding water or will be part of a landscape exposed to the weather.
Frog and Toad Homes
I saw a photo of plain
terra cotta flowerpot birdbaths and i realized that the supplies are
always around here somewhere.
These are easy to store in the winter in the colder climates. Just carefully pull the pieces apart from each other. Iff you like the look of old terra cotta that's been in the outdoors for a while, purchase an outdoor oil based stain in colors to brush/wipe off quickly and haphazardly to add an aged look. Browns, greens, aquas all work nicely.If you do paint your pots, you will need outdoor grade paints and you'll have to seal them with outdoor grade polyurethane.
2 or 3 glazed terra cotta flower
pots in graduated sizes - Sizes that will sit snugly on top of each
other upside down.
1 large terra cotta saucer that usually goes with really large flower pots ( which will require several coats of an outdoor or oil-based polyurethane waterproof coating on the inside if it's not glazed when you buy it - to keep water from soaking into the water bowl. Or a 1 large, glazed colorful pottery serving bowl, shallow.You'll only keep the maximum 2 or 3 inches of water in the birdbath.Wait for the large,colorful pasta and rustic serving bowls to go on sale at department stores or stock up at flea markets and yardsales.. These are perfect for creating birdbaths and butterfly puddlers.You don't want the bowl at the top to be made of much heavier material than the stacked pots can hold without risk of cracking once water adds weight on the base pieces.
Optional: Clean aquarium gravel, colored glass or polished pebbles for the inside of the bath. Add stones, mulch, broken china or tiles, or shells to decorate the area at the foot of your birdbath.
Turn your bowl upside down, and apply a hefty amount of any waterproof super-glue or cement adhesive all over the bottom of the smallest flower pot..which is what's going to hold up your bowl.Set the flower pot rightside up on top of the bowl (your bowl is upside down, the flower pot will be set onto this right-side up).Let this dry thoroughly, according to the label instructions.
Turn the large pot upside
down in a spot in the garden.Carefully
push it a little bit into the ground around it if you wish, if the
ground isn't exactly even, or set the first pot onto a flat tile or
stone.Do not push the remaining pot or pots hard over the one
underneath it, or you will definitely break one.
Lift the bowl and the pot that's glued to it together carefully, and set this last flowerpot with the bowl attached over the flowerpot on your base.
Add water and stones to help pollinators stand on dry land.. Add sugar water or sponges soaked in sugar water, along with fruit that's "going over". Note: I have bad luck with the sponge and fruit thing because wasps, flies and bees want it. I do hang bird suet baskets filled with orange slices and soft fruit, and most times, i don't have to deal with flies that congregate on the sponges.
You can find a birdbath cleaner solution to add to the water to keep it clear between cleanings. I have so much pollen and algae around my gardens, it's sometimes a chore to keep them clean during the growing season.
Terracotta flower pot wind
Plain and simple, blends into your landscaping. They have a lovely, soothing tibetan sound to them.
They make really neat holiday gifts for birders and gardeners, as well.
Pick up some inexpensive, small clay
pots used for seedlings. these can be purchased in bulk from nursery
suppliers online or on ebay.
A 1-inch diameter wooden bead,
Cut about 36 inches of twine.
The amount depends on how many pots and the sizes you'll
hang for your chime,
Put the twine through the bead and knot it.
Tie another knot about an inch or two above the bead.
Slip the washer over this knot. This will keep the knot from accidentally slipping through the hole
With the other end of the twine, slip
the smallest pot onto the twine. Eyeball where to make the next knots
Add a washer over this knot. Add the
next bigger pot over this knot.
All breakable windchimes are best hanging freely from branches in a protected place in your garden or on the porch overhangs. On days with high wind, i recommend that you take these down so that the twine doesn't snap and the pots won't bang into each other and break. Since the pots have holes and don't hold water, i've had no problems leaving them out all winter. But taking them in is always better that they're protected from cracking.