Where did the summer go? Obviously my summer projects did not get done until the last minute since I am just now finishing up the last of my planned garden decor projects with these upcycled bird bath and bird feeder. #upcycledgardenddecor #endofsummerprojects #diybirdbath #diybirdfeeder
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This year my summer free time has been spent assisting with a design project at our church. So of course the projects I had planned for some updated garden decor are just now getting finished up right before Labor Day. Nothing like sending summer out with a bang.
But to be honest, for this project I would have to go back to even last summer to show you where it started or even further back but that is a post for another time. Just know that some projects we attempt around our home takes a few years to work out the kinks like this new garden fence and flowerbed project.
So let’s talk about these upcycled garden decor projects I finally finished – at the end of summer.
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.
I soon found out that the plants I had moved to a different room were thriving so much better in the new room so this plant stand was no longer needed. Of course I didn’t want to get rid of it but inspiration struck and I realized it would make an adorable and whimsical bird bath for a new flowerbed we were putting in.
And a ten inch clay saucer fit perfectly in the seat of the chair plant stand and created the perfect perch for either a bird bath or a bird feeder.
Summer projects finally finished at the end of summer.
I had also purchased a nine inch clay saucer and small pot to use as a whimsical bird feeder.
I started this project by spraying down the clay pot and saucers with a multi-surface waterproofer spray from Thompson’s Waterseal.
Then I spray painted the chair, the two clay saucers and the clay pot all in a bright yellow color from Rust-Oleum called Sun Yellow.
Several days of rain delayed this project but it gave me time to paint some whimsical and fun flowers on the clay saucers for the bird bath and bird feeder.
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.
This entire project including the new privacy fences and landscape is an ongoing project that we hope to be able to showcase next spring when the new plants have survived the summer and the leaf mulching is done. Be sure to come back and see the completed project next year.
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!”