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Topiary Watering Can Bird's Nest Decor


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Topiary Watering Can Bird's Nest Decor - finished piece with faux bird and flowers attachedI found this topiary watering can for $1.49 and came up with this idea to decorate it for my patio.

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Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 1

Supplies:

  • 1 watering can
  • strand of wired garland
  • thin wire
  • moss or dried floral materials
  • scissors
  • glue
  • Sculpeyclay
  • acrylic paint
  • paint brush
  • embellishments
Topiary Watering Can Bird's Nest Decor - watering can shaped topiary
 

Steps:

  1. To make the nest, I gathered up some odds and ends of leftover floral moss I had on hand. One was green, so I spray painted it with tan spray paint. The other was a natural color. I also used some green pine garland on a wire and used the tan spray paint on it.
  2. Topiary Watering Can Bird's Nest Decor - green faux moss and garland
     
    Topiary Watering Can Bird's Nest Decor - after spray painting
     
  3. After the spray paint dried, I made up a mixture of water and glue. I added the two different kinds of moss into the mixture and mixed it thoroughly. Using the garland strand, I wound it around into a circle the same size as the diameter of the bottom of my watering can. This was what the nest would sit in so it would hold its shape. I molded the moss into a nest shape and laid it on top of the garland "mold." Then, I set it outside to dry.
  4. Topiary Watering Can Bird's Nest Decor - bowl of water and glue
     
    Topiary Watering Can Bird's Nest Decor - mixing moss into the glue
     
    Topiary Watering Can Bird's Nest Decor - molded nest on top of the garland circle
     
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  5. To make the little bird's eggs, I had some old dried up sculpey clay. Using a hair dryer, I softened the clay and then formed it into egg shapes. My first intent was to paint the eggs, but the colors of the clay worked, so I left them as is. I did, however, use a paint brush dipped into brown paint, and by flicking the end of the paintbrush, added flecks to the eggs. I baked the eggs at 275 degrees for 30 minutes. The eggs were glued into the nest and placed in the bottom of the watering can.
  6. Topiary Watering Can Bird's Nest Decor - sculpey clay
     
    Topiary Watering Can Bird's Nest Decor - paint and brush for flicking spots onto the eggs
     
    Topiary Watering Can Bird's Nest Decor - finished eggs
     
    Topiary Watering Can Bird's Nest Decor - eggs glued down into the nest
     
  7. Last, I used some wire to attach different embellishments to the watering can. These were items I had on hand.
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