Magic Of Spray Paint

This years garden is planted but before I show you that I realized that I had not shared the picture of the last years updated containers.

Below pic is of 2011 i think,we had these sad looking brown planters and afternoon sun to west facing house did no good to them so they were looking even more sad.
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So Last year I spray painted them in yellow and green combination.

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Now don't you think spray paint can do a magic :)

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 I had planted Gerbera and Marigolds together, loved the red and yellow color combination. I added Gerbera in the back and Marigolds in the front.

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I also had a black hanging basket from the one of the houseplant that had died So I did some spray paint magic :)on it too, planted Petunia and Vinca vine.

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So Are you ready to see this years garden :)I believe spray paint can transform anything? do you have any spray paint story to tell?

Upcycled Doodle Planters

I have a hard time letting go of pretty glass bottles or plastic containers. So whenever I see a bit of potential , instead of throwing them in to recycling bin I hoard them.

This year I went crazy at the garden center and bought lots of annuals. Used all of the planters I had but still had few plants left and I was also looking for some small planters to put on a patio table. So I went to look on my stash :) and found 3 plastic white containers.




They were right size, so I drilled a hole very carefully for drainage using knife. You have to be really careful because plastic can break very easily. Planters were ready but little boring so they needed something to look less plain :) first thought was to spray paint, quick and easy but then I thought of doodling with sharpie and let flowers add the colors.


Great thing about doodling is there are no mistakes. I started doodling ,it was very quick, without any forethought and just went with the flow. 


I did free hand design on two then I thought of adding geometric shape/triangles on third one, but I don't have any patience so after two rows of triangle I became lazy and quickly added few inspirational words to complete it :)


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So do you upcycle lot of things? Any unusual , up cycled planters you have created....would love to know :)

P.s. Bloggers app is coming really handy for lazy blogger like me. All the pics from phone and the post created using blogger app on phone :)


DIY Bird Bath

Every summer there were two things on my wish list...Bird bath and Bird feeder. One of them is checked today. Whenever I visited garden center, I always looked for bird bath but either they were too big and heavy made from cement or cute ones were rather expensive. 


This year I had thought of making one from terra cotta pot and saucer but today when I was going through my decor stash :)for summer outdoor stuff and  I came across this glass plate with blue tone which I mostly use it to display sea shells, ornaments etc and thought this has perfect depth for bird bath. 


Then I was looking for something to give height to my bird bath and realized that the cylinder vase that I keep in our powder room filled with sea shell might work. So I put the plate on vase and it worked :) 


It's for summer so I added few sea shells, top layer is the shells me and my son collected at the local beach here and I love pebbles so added that too. To bring out the blue in the plate I added blue marbles I had. Bottom layer is filled with sea shells(kodi) which are very heavy to give it more stability. Then I hot glued the plate to the vase. I made sure to cover the edge well with glue so that it sealed properly and water/ bugs can not go inside. So now wind can not knock over the plate and overall the thing is pretty heavy with the fillers in the vase, so it's safe even though its made from glass.

I used everything I had so total cost of the project $0 ...love it and I think birds will too. This was one of those project which was very quick and just went with the flow.

So have you thought of bird bath for birds this summer, even keeping just a saucer filled with water will work and keep them happy :) is there any innovative idea have you tried for bird bath or feeder?

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