Friday, January 9, 2015

Tin Can Scarecrow

A fun project I completed around Thanksgiving was this Tin Can Scarecrow:Tin Can Scarecrow
My boyfriend’s parents have a large vegetable plot in a community garden, but no scarecrow….we couldn’t have that!  I scoured Pinterest for ideas for a traditional scarecrow and along the way, I found some cute photos of tin can and recycled material scarecrows.  How fun is that? 

So, I started saving cans and asked a friend with a restaurant to save me a couple of large cans.  After cleaning them and removing labels, I had a pretty good pile so I could start designing my little tin man.IMG_5481
After drilling holes in the bottoms of the cans, I used wire and screws to secure them to one another.  For additional security, the seams were sealed too.  There is a good tutorial for this here:

Using a old water hose, I cut a long piece and ran a coat hanger through it so that I could bend the hose and make it look like the little man is watering the garden.  The “water” is made by stringing clear plastic beads on a wire and attaching it to the coat hanger inside the end of the hose.  Saw this awesome idea here:
I painted the whole thing with acrylic paints and then gave it several coats of a clear spray-on sealer.  The bandana and hat were in an old box of play hats and items my son had when he was little. IMG_5521
In keeping with the recycled theme, I used a leftover piece of a metal transition strip (that piece that is used to transition between tile and carpet).  It fit perfectly and I was able to screw it easily and securely to the back of the little man. IMG_5545
I placed him in my front flower bed just to adjust the angle of the water hose and snap a few pics.  Tin Can Scarecrow
I gave the Tin Can Scarecrow to my boyfriend’s mother on Thanksgiving and she really liked him!  We think he will be a popular addition to her community garden!

Happy Gardening!

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Chalkboard Chargers

I don’t know about you, but I felt like 2014 FLEW by!  The holidays came and went quickly and they were a busy time….hence the fact that I didn’t post any of my holiday projects this year!  Better late than never…..especially since these can be used year-round.

2014 was my year to get to host the family Thanksgiving. Yay! I LOVE every opportunity I get to cook and entertain a crowd! This year, my boyfriend and his parents also joined our group so we had 17 for lunch. I wanted something to dress-up my table but keep it simple (for space saving) and still go along with my d├ęcor. This was one of my favorite projects: CHALKBOARD CHARGERS.  Chalkboard Chargers 1
I just love these chargers and plan to use them for lots of future occasions.  They were inspired by several photos I saw on Pinterest of high-end chalkboard dinnerware.  My chargers, however, were easy to create and inexpensive.Chalkboard Chargers 2
I simply purchased plastic chargers….they had red or gold at The Dollar General….for only $1 each.  I laid them out in the garage and used Chalkboard Spraypaint to cover the surface.  Chalkboard Chargers 3
I gave them two coats and let them dry for a couple of days before I prepped them with a rubbing of chalk.Chalkboard Chargers 4
I wrote a Thanksgiving message on the top of each and the guest’s name on the bottom.  With white plates on top, the chalkboard chargers looked great! 


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