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I bought this stained glass lamp shade at a garage sale, and the table base at a different sale. I bought a solar rope light and coiled it around a clear glass vase, and put it under the lamp shade. (Note the solar collector at the left base of the stand.) I tied the shade to the base with green twine, so that it wouldn't blow off.
I love to use old primitive looking things that I find, in my garden. This was found on the side of the road and I thought it looked like a flower, so I added it to my garden and throughout the summer, I started placing little flowers around it. I like unusual things in my garden, things, others might just throw away.
A fun craft and garden decor idea is to take old light bulbs and paint them. Glass paint is the best option, but you can use spray paint as well. Once painted in a design or color of your choice take a high gage wire, I use 20 gauge copper, and wrap around the base. You can wrap some around the bulb as well, if wanted. Then you can hot glue glass stones or little trinkets on the wire. Attach to your average garden stake with wire and a bit of hot glue and plant! I make mine with wire leaves to look like flowers and even bugs. Its really just what ever you want. Beware of children though or you may have one trying to smell your table lamps!
By Cookwie from Little Rock, AR
Make a great addition to your patio or front porch with this decorated planting pot! I used a regular black color plastic pot, attached a variety of buttons around the top with a hot glue-gun for a neat way to add color to the pot. Then I just wrapped a small swag of flowers around the bottom and filled it up with white rocks. Looks great alone or with an arrangement. Takes only minutes to make!
By Marcia from Denver, PA
Garden picks to stick in your plants and flowers that are planted in pots. Watch them seem to fly when the wind blows.
Approximate Time: 15 minutes per each one
By Little Suzy from OH
Make a mushroom cap out of concrete poured into a small plastic bowl, dried and cover it will broken plate "tiles" and grout! Pour concrete into a plastic ice tea cup and make the stem. Let dry, remove plastic cup, seal with glue and water, cover with tiles. Wait a day and grout. Place mushroom cap on top of the base. You''ll have an inexpensive and whimsical garden decoration. The picture is just of the completed top.
By Kim from Walnut Hill, FL
Editor's Note: Also a good way to use up your favorite broken pottery and dishes.
This is my garden wagon. I had seen a similar one near a hardware store that was used to advertise the hardware store; it was smaller and used with seasonal items to advertisement purposes. I loved it and my husband took a picture of it and built me a larger version for Christmas 2006. It is built of cedar and we used clear varnish for protection purposes. It sits in my front yard as a focal point in the yard.
I put a big red ribbon on the wagon wheel and a Christmas stocking on the edge of it. A black kerosene lantern on a black shepherd hook is nearby to light the wagon.
I will use it for seasonal purposes, holidays. I will use pots and plastic window boxes for flowers in it.
By WandaJo from TN
I am doing my patio with red, white and blue. I am making a stencil from cardboard out of stars and spray painting my stepping stones in the appropriate colors. I think it adds a little bit of America to my back yard.
By Linda from Las Vegas, NV
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Looks like someone has been busy decorating in the "Path Garden" again. Hubby found these last Saturday. He hung two of the bird houses in trees, put the smallest on a pole back in the garden, and placed the shells back where they were left. He also found one flat painted rock with glitter near the chair and bench. Some little one signed the guest book, "Thank you for making My Secret Garden, I love it." Don't you just love it? I do.
By Great Granny Vi from Moorpark, CA
My husband and I thought we would make gardening more fun by having a Wizard of Oz Theme. Our favorite is the tin man, made with various "junk" from around the house like an old teakettle, trash can and funnel. This year we are planning an Alice in Wonderland Theme.
By Ellen from Ware, MA