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Tea-Pot Bird House

Do you have a tea-pot that has a crack, chip or missing the lid?  Why not make a bird house !!  If you follow my blog, you know I am addicted to this drill bit by Hitachi, found at your local hardware store.  This drill bit works great on ceramics and glass and comes in many sizes, and it seems to never dull, my bits are about 3 years old.

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Supplies needed:

  • Teapot
  • Drill Bit
  • Water (optional)
  • Moss

I drill ceramics and glass under water, keeps the bit cool and avoids cracks and breakage.  I also like to put a piece of packing tape on the area I am going to drill, so the bit doesn’t slip off my target.  I drilled a hole in the bottom of the tea-pot and added some nesting material, moss, and hung from a tree.  I had my binoculars ready, waiting for my new friends to move in and one moved in, but not what I expected.  How did he get in there?

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Last August I posted another use for your tea-pots in the garden, I couldn’t wait to bring it back out this year.  http://www.aponytailkindofday.com/2012/08/13/garden-tea-party/

Have an ugly stump in your yard?  Why not use it for a planter?

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Create a solar chandelier for your garden

I stopped at my favorite Goodwill store the other day and found a cute, broken chandelier, and instantly knew what I wanted to do with it.  I have been wanting an outdoor solar chandelier for a long time, I had already purchased the lights at the dollar store, but didn’t see a light that I thought would fit my style.  Until now !!

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I started working on it immediately, I stripped out the electrical wires and lights and cleaned up the metal and porcelain.  I glued the tops of the solar lights to the fixtures and hung it from a branch over a table I have under a tree.  I couldn’t wait until it turned dark !

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This little broken ugly old chandelier has found new purpose and adds a romantic and beautiful addition to my eclectic backyard.  This is one of my favorite repurpose projects and all for around 10 dollars.  Did I mention, I love it !!

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Boots, boots and more boots !!

I have to admit, when I first saw childrens rubber boots at my local Goodwill, I didn’t pay much attention to them.  Since I go to Goodwill at least once a week, I started to see more and more boots, some in pretty colors with great designs, especially one pair with barbie polka dots.  I saw a post of Pinterest where someone used them as planters and hung them on their picket fence, and I couldn’t get back to Goodwill quick enough !!  I drilled holes in the bottom, put layer of stone for drainage and then planted them.  I couldn’t stop at 1 pair, or 2 pair, or 6……Image

I love creating little settings throughout my yard, a bench here, a chair there and why not add a boot or 2, or 5?  lol

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