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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Clay Pot Birdbath

I found this wonderful terra cotta tray at BigLots the other day. They have a wonderful shiny, mottled blue finish. They are the type of trays that you set under your clay pots. It is 14" wide, and was only marked $9.99. The plain unfinished ones are around $20 in other stores. I have been wanting a birdbath for some time, but I really didnt want to pay out the $25 and up that they cost for little ones. I have seen pics on GW and other places online where others have used clay pots, and they trays to make one. They were usually stacked like you would see them on the shelf but of different sizes. I wanted a taller one with a little bit of shape tho. So I bought  a pain unfinished 10" pot, and a 8" pot. I also bought one of the little 6" trays. I turned the 10" pot upside down, then glued on the 6"tray upside down onto the bottom of that. Then I turned the 8" pot right side up and glued it to the bottom of the tray. WaLa! a birdbath base.
I had to take this pic inside since it was raining outside. So its a little dark. I wanted to take one of everything before assembled, but in my excitement I forgot :)


Now , as I said the blue 14" enameled pot tray already had a wonderful heavy, shiny (glazed) finish on it, so I had to attempt to paint the base to match. It wasn't easy, but I kept working at it until I was satisfied it was close. I used regular craft acrylic paints. I also used Gorilla Glue to Glue everything but the "bowl" together. I figured I would leave it loose for ease of storing and cleaning. Once everything was dry, I sealed with several coats of a gloss finish. An hour later it was ready to be assembled and placed in my flower bed.It stands about 2 ft tall. The flowers are just starting. I also have a lot of winter sown seedlings I started placing around it. Hence the plant markers. Once these has matured I can pull the markers  if they are noticeable in the foliage. What do you think? A close match?






PS: I just entered this into the DIY Club Inc. July Contest


 

10 comments:

  1. Well it looks beautiful. You did a wonderful job matching the paints up.I am crazy for blue so I want to steal it LOL! Good Job!

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  2. I love that rich color of blue as well. Thanks.

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  3. A very nice project. I haven't seen coated pot saucers before. Two pots make a great base. You matched the finish very well.

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  4. I have never seen them before either. I just happened to walk past them.Thanks.

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  5. Wonderful job, and a great price! I love blue in the garden - it really seems to pop out.

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  6. That looks so pretty! You did a great job matching it! I have a "bird bath" with clay pots, now I am so tempted to paint it and the clay flue tiles too. I love that blue!

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  7. Thanks Robin's Nesting Place. I fell in love with the blue plate as soon as I seen it. The painting part was fun as well.

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  8. Tammy This is gorgeous! I love the painting technique...amazing! You did a fantastic job! Hope you are enjoying your weekend. ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  9. You did a fabulous job of matching it. Thanks so much for linking up ti the DIY party. I hope you have a great weekend and KEEP CRAFTING.

    Cheri

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