“A Beautiful Garden is a Work of Heart”
I have no idea who penned that quote but it definitely is very accurate. What they should have added to it is that it also takes time, patience and a little whimsy to make it your own.
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I love natural garden trails, flower beds filled with luscious and colorful flowers year round, and little whimsical accents scattered throughout.
What I don’t like is actual gardening.
The little whimsical details I find more entertaining and fun to make.
This upcycled bird bath is just the an example of a charming little accent I love to find tucked away in little a garden.
Upcycled Bird Bath and Painted Clay Pot Bird Feeder.
I have wanted a bird bath for my garden for years but just couldn’t find one I like welled enough to purchase and the “maker” in me wanted a unique one I could DIY myself. I also wanted it to be whimsical and fun.
When my husband and I updated our living room earlier this year I had to move out the furniture in the dining room for storage and included in that move was a trio of large plants and plant stands. One of them was this adorable little plant stand shaped like a small chair.
It’s a charming little plant stand all on it’s own and I have not idea where I bought it eons ago.
Since the plants I had to move are thriving so much better in their new location, this charming plant stand needed a new purpose.
By adding a ten-inch clay saucer that fit perfectly in the seat of the chair of the plant stand it became the perfect perch for either a bird bath or a bird feeder.
Upcycle and repurpose but never throw it out!
Never one to work on a single project at a time, you will see in these photos where I also created a clay pot bird feeder made with a 9-inch saucer and a small clay pot.
Start the project by spraying down the clay pot and saucers with a multi-surface waterproofer spray from Thompson’s Waterseal.
A whimsical garden needs lots of bright colors and yellow is such a friendly color. It was an easy choice to spray paint the two clay saucers and the clay pot all in a bright yellow color from Rust-Oleum called Sun Yellow.
Next came the creative details. Sunflowers and daisies are my favorite to paint for flowers but you get to make this part your own.
The last step was to seal each piece by applying two coats of Rust-Oleum Triple Thick Glaze in high gloss.
So it is the end of summer but the many many birds – and squirrels in my garden – will get to enjoy the treats in the new bird bath and bird feeder until it turns cold this fall.
(Yes the ground is a bit rough in this flowerbed. We are attempting to make leaf mulch this year so it will look different very soon.)
More whimsical bird baths and bird feeders from Amazon.
My outdoor spaces are a never ending challenge for us. Always changing, but never really getting done. Do you struggle with dreams of a beautiful yard but just can’t seem to get there either?
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!”
Update: I have continued to work on small projects for my garden beds over the last few years and these clay pot solar light holders mix wonderfully with the style of the bird bath. Unfortunately, the squirrels like the small pink painted feeder a bit too much and it has been broken.