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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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Creating a Plant Poke

Categories: Garden Projects and Whimsy.

Every garden deserves a bit of whimsy. I’ve been adding the gazing balls and plant pokes to the garden.  A new addition was a plant poke I created out of a styrofoam ball, some push pins and a metal stake. I’ve got all sorts of things in the craft closet from my days in education and my days as a Brownie/Guide leader.  I’ve seen a similar ideas in a couple of places on the web and here is my version of it. This project needs a styrofoam ball and some push pins of different colours and a support stake (either metal or
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Repairing the Key Chimes

Categories: Garden Projects and Whimsy.

I love the sound of wind chimes in the garden … metal ones, bamboo ones, large ones and small ones. This is one of my favourites made from old cds and old keys.  All you need is 2 old cds, fishing line, old keys, glue and a drill.  First glue 2 old cds together, shiny side out. I use E6000, but any strong glue that is good for outside will work. Drill a hole in the top center for adding a loop to hang it with.  Drill holes in the bottom to fasten on the old keys.   I have 7
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Garden Danglers

Categories: Whimsy.

Every garden needs a little bling.  I love creating things from wire, marbles, old cds, keys and more.  Danglers will sparkle in the sun and are only limited by your own imagination. This garden suncatcher is made using copper wire, marbles, flat marbles and 2 old cd’s.  Hang it in the garden and watch the sun reflect off the cd. Using Crafters Goop glue the 2 cd’s together (shiny side out).  Be sure to let this dry and then drill 4 holes (one at the top and 3 at the bottom).  Using copper wire (purchased from hardware stores) make the 4
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Gazing Ball

Categories: Garden Projects and Whimsy.

Every garden deserves a bit of whimsy. I converted an old bowling ball into a gazing ball. This is a great trash to treasure idea. You can get old bowling balls from Freecycle groups, from the bowling alley, from thrift stores or garage sales.  Using glue such as Crafters Goop, Silicone II, or No More Nails I glued on those flat sided gems you can buy at dollar and craft stores. When it was completely dry the whole ball was grouted in a waterproof grout. After removing the extra grout and polishing the ball you have a wonderful gazing ball
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