Archives for Garden Projects

A Pinecone Wreath

Categories: Christmas, Crafty's Projects, and Garden Projects.

~ I’m a  collector and can’t resist picking up pine cones in all shapes and sizes.  I love to use Nature’s treasure to create projects for inside and outside our home.  I have had a pinecone wreath for several years now and by adding little accents it changes for the seasons. This one starts with a wooden circle that my husband cut out for me out of light ply wood, about 30 cm. in diameter and 5 cm wide for glueing on to.  This photo shows the back of the wreath as I didn’t take photos when I made this
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A Driftwood Keychime

Categories: Garden Projects and Whimsy.

~ I love making garden whimsy to display in various spots in the garden.  While recovering from my knee replacement surgery I had lots of time to think, create and craft. Using a piece of driftwood from Wicklow Beach, some colourful beads, some keys and fishing line I created a driftwood key chime.  The first task was to change the keys from plain to colourful with some acrylic paint. This took a couple of coats but the paint did stick finally.  I always paint on wax paper so the table surface doesn’t get messy and it is also easy to
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Predict the Weather

Categories: Crafty's Projects, Garden Projects, and Whimsy.

~ Wouldn’t it be nice if we could predict the weather? You could customize it to fit your plans for the day.   Unfortunately we can’t and have to take the weather as it comes.  But I have a couple of fun ways that you can tell what the weather is like.   Make one of these simple crafts and hang it outside near a window.  Then just before you are ready to go out, have a peek and you will know what the weather is like.  I usually check The Weather Network for the current weather to get the
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Colour Changing Pinecones

Categories: Garden Projects and Nature Crafts.

~ How do you change the colour of pinecones?  Soak them in a bleach solution of course! This is a project that was on my to do list for awhile, however I just got around to doing it now that Fall is here. From the pinecone collection I chose a variety of sizes, and they went from this to this, in a few easy steps. I had seen the almost white pinecones in various stores and displays and did some research on how to do it myself.   I found it was an easy process with water, bleach and a
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How to Make a Rake Wreath

Categories: Garden Projects and Whimsy.

~ Goodbye summer, hello Autumn. Where does the time go?   Autumn is a wonderful season of colours, sights, smells and tastes.  I’m not really a big decorator for seasons but will be putting up a wreath or two.  It is time to get out the Autumn wreath made out of an old rake, some ribbon and some artificial coloured leaves. While cleaning out the garage one summer I discovered we had 3 rakes and as there are only 2 of us that can use 1 rake each at the same time I decided to create a rake wreath. There
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CD Starburst

Categories: Crafty's Projects and Garden Projects.

~ This cd starburst reminds me so much of the clocks from the 1960’s.  It was another great project shared with us by Gail at Creative Crafting.  You need 2 cds, some bbq skewers, paint, items to embellish, paint, and a glue gun. The first thing to do is trace the cd onto paper and then add the spoked, making sure you cross the centre point each time. Lay one cd onto the grid.  The long bbq skewers were painted black (thanks Heather) and then laid onto the lines.  I used shorted sticks that I had painted a turquoise colour
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Mandala Rocks

Categories: Crafty's Projects and Garden Projects.

~ At one of my weekly Creative Crafting sessions we painted mandala rocks.  I had done several of these myself previously, nothing fancy just some practice rocks which I’ll take and hide on one of our daycations at different beaches. Gail, our instructor, had collected the rocks for us and had a collection of things for making the dots.  I already had a collection of things and you don’t need any special tools for this project.  You can use the ends of pencils, paint brushes, knitting needles, toothpicks and so much more.  Some of my favourite things are nails with
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The Log Owl

Categories: Garden Projects and Whimsy.

~ Last year I made an owl out of recycled bits and pieces.  I originally used an old cutting board but over the year it split in half and I had to rethink the project.  Here is what the recycled owl looked like at the beginning and the end of gardening season last year. Click the link to see how I made it. The pieces were all taken off and then fastened onto a log.  So here is the new member of the Stumpy Family.  The log also has a hole drilled into the top and I added a solar
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Upcycle a Solar Light

Categories: Garden Projects and Whimsy.

~ On Friday mornings I have started going to a craft session at our local Sport and Wellness Centre with my friend.  Each week there is a different craft to make and you also get to meet some new crafting friends.  The first week we went the session said it was using CD’s.  Thanks Gail for sharing this idea with us. We made a reflector for a solar light using CD’s, gems, and other sparkly bits that would reflect the light once it got dark.  You glue two cd’s together, shiny side out.  Be sure to let the glue dry
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Plant Markers That Last

Categories: Garden Projects and Organization.

I bet you are like me and think you have a great memory and will remember where you planted everything.  Well, you just might remember for a day or two, but after you have planted several things I bet you start to forget what is where. Using plant markers is a fun and educational way to share the names of your garden plants   You can add common and botanical names and any other info you want.  But best of all, this helps you remember where you have planted seeds and bulbs.  There are many types of commercial plant markers
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