See? Last week when I did the Pinspired and Produced feature and said it was #9, none of you noticed that it was really supposed to be #10. And honestly? One of us should really be paying attention. Maybe you did notice and you were too polite to say anything. I’ll try to keep track from now on.
This project was inspired by two sources. First, a beautiful birdbath made by my daughter’s class and exhibited this week at their annual garden tour. You can easily see the hard work and planning that they put into it.
The other inspiration piece can be seen here – actually on Pinterest. This one gave me the idea to try and find some little birds to incorporate into my own project.
I did this project at the same time as my birdbath turned into a planter. This one is really a planter turned into a birdbath. . . I guess I was feeling contrary. . .
Here are my inexpensive bird feeders. So very simple. On my trip to Lowe’s the other morning, I picked up a few terra cotta pots and the dishes that go underneath them. They’re pretty affordable – but not very attractive. You can see what they all looked like before I started the makeover – notice the poor little broken birdie. . .
I have to tell you, painting terra cotta pots with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, is F. U. N. I did my work out in the garden in the warm sunshine. The paint dried pretty much instantly. I guess it had to do with the sun and with the texture of the pots. These projects were literally the work of moments. Right up my alley! Once they were all painted I gave them just a little bit of Dark Wax. I just patted a paper towel into the pot of wax, then blotted it off onto another paper towel and just lightly wiped it onto the painted surface. I would suggest moving all in the same direction – parallel to the rim.
Originally, I had planned to glue the separate pieces of the feeders together. When i got this far I realized it wasn’t really necessary. And this way, I can take it all apart and use the pieces for other projects in the future if I want to. Really, you could use this as a birdbath or a feeder. I went for seeds. I was able to do this entire project – including gluing the bird back together, waxing him, and painting and waxing all of the pieces, in about an hour and a half. All that was left to do was set it up in the garden. . . and take a few pictures. . .
I have one more quick little project to share from the work I did this day. Maybe it will show up over the weekend. It was an extremely productive day. Or rather, an extremely productive four hours. I hope you like the bird feeders and I hope you can see how simple and easy they were. I think they would be quite beautiful done in some of the other Annie Sloan colors as well – you could choose a color to coordinate with whatever you have blooming in your garden!
What is blooming in your garden? I’d love it if some of you sent me pictures of something lovely you’ve got growing. . . Is this how link parties start? I’ve been wondering about that. Do they start out because bloggers are just curious about what other people are doing? Are we just essentially. . . nosy?
Well, if you’d like to show me what you’re doing and maybe even see your photos featured here on the blog, just send them off to me in an email. We can be ever so casual about it. . . Here is my contribution:
Have a great weekend, everyone!
I’m liking up with these parties: