Friday, March 8, 2013
|A great way to reuse for wine bottles |
and old Avon bottles
Last summer I found a new arts and crafts passion - garden totems.
There are a lot of reasons I find this craft appealing. I love to recycle. I love to make things out of other things, giving them new life. It is a relatively inexpensive craft. I love the thrill of the hunt and amassing enough materials for a design session.
Finding materials to make these is almost as fun as making them. Good sources are thrift stores -- Goodwill, Salvation Army and the like -- garage sales, auctions, cheaper antique stores, your garage or basement. You get the idea. The goal is to find items less than a dollar and never spend more than three unless of course the piece is so amazing you'd never forgive yourself for not buying it.
Warning! Sometimes you'll buy something for the craft and decide you'll want to keep it an use it as originally intended. I guess that is just an occupational hazard.
The other issue is that you probably shouldn't be using valuable antiques to make these garden ornaments, hence the price restrictions on materials. However, even in the extreme climate of Wisconsin and Minnesota I have not have any of the pieces break, ruined or destroyed yet. The adhesive can fail and they can come apart but then you just re-glue it back together or make something new. So I guess what I'm saying is that you'll have to decide whether you are OK using Aunt Mabel's prized teacups to make a bird feeder.
There are several kinds of items you can make.
- Totems - these can either be made to sit on the ground or using a bottle or vase sit on a post.
- Posies - plates as the base that are hung as you would a picture or attached to a post
- Bird Baths - has a substantial base, sits on the ground and holds a small amount of water
- Bird Feeder - can hang, sit on the ground or sit on post
In my next post I'll talk about how to design and make these wonderful items. Here's a few I've made:
|Simply a Coke bottle and Hershey's Kisses dish|
|Short and sweet . . . An ashtray, vase, iron fence ornament.|
|Sugar bowl with lid (glued so no water can penetrate)|
a saucer, and an old Coke bottle, and a silver plate wine glass.
|New version, with a gold banded cut glass plate and bird figurine. Can't wait for the snow to melt and put this baby outside. The vase is a ceramic art project I found at a local antique/th|