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arbor made from skids

posted by: KathyWI on 07.25.2012 at 07:00 pm in Garden Junk Forum

My Dh made this for me. I have planted morning glories by it. Hopefully we will get a nice full crop!


neat idea!
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RE: New here and ready to recycle my bowling ball! (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: indigosunshine on 08.02.2012 at 09:54 pm in Garden Junk Forum

Hey Kim I'm new here too! I painted my bowling ball white then painted circles of green, blue, purple and pink. I glued "crash glass" or broken tempered glass all over, grouted with white. The colors shine through the glass nicely.


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corn crib gazebo

posted by: indigosunshine on 08.02.2012 at 10:06 pm in Garden Junk Forum

My husband and I salvaged this corncrib from a nearby farmer and made it into a gazebo. Tim made the fireplace from an old wood stove. The vines are hops that we planted in April. They grow amazingly fast! I planted wisteria to grow around the door.


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One Big Hummer

posted by: marlene_2008 on 08.15.2012 at 08:39 pm in Garden Junk Forum

My DH has been at it again! His latest creation is a HUGE dragonfly. Hummer, as he is affectionately called, stands about 7 feet tall on his leaf and has a wingspan of about 5 feet. He's made completely of salvaged finds. His tail is a set of blue glass canisters and his head is a 1970's metal light. His wings are formed with old scythe blades and DH designed and welded the rest. He isn't in his permanent home, but he greets everyone as they drive up to our house.

Please excuse my very dry, very ragged gardens....this summer has really taken it's toll here in Virginia!


Hummer 2

Hummer up close and personal

Hummer at a distance


OH DROOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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OOOps --- (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: toomuchglass on 08.20.2012 at 08:53 pm in Garden Junk Forum

GW erased the pic when I went back to edit.


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RE: Red Bottles are here (Follow-Up #16)

posted by: washit3 on 08.21.2012 at 12:53 am in Garden Junk Forum

Do you think this is it? Looks the same. Just wonder if the price is per a box of 12 or per



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Some Greenhouse Photos

posted by: wyndyacre on 10.31.2007 at 10:42 pm in Greenhouses & Garden Structures Forum

We built my 10x16 greenhouse 5 years ago. After taking a propagation course at the local college and being able to use their GH for several months, I decided I couldn't live without one. :)

We used salvaged windows for the glass, salvaged doors, an old deck for 1/2 the floor and the other half is discounted paving stone. The walls that aren't glass are insulated and the north side of the roof is insulated and asphalt shingles. Several back and side windows open, I tie the doors open and there is an automatic venting window in the roof near the ridgeline.

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I have electricity, a telephone and fill a 50 g. barrel from a hose for water. I recently added a 3 tiered light stand, I found used and will use my heat mats on it this winter. We built benches from folding table legs and 1x1 deck ballisters spaced out on a wood frame. My potting table is a recycled kitchen counter with new paint and hardware. We built a sliding bin under the sink to store ProMix.

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A pool cover goes over it for winter and it's heated to 45-50* at night and attains 80-85* during a sunny day. It's heated with a oil filled electric space heater. In the summer, I lower bamboo shades on the south front windows.

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I built it so I could grow perennials from seeds and divisions and start shrubs from cuttings to increase my acre garden (which I do) but it has become a source of income in that I started having a huge plant sale yearly. Starting in Feb. for seeds and March for divisions, I start churning out perennials thru the GH, then coldframe and onto a outdoor holding area until the plant sale. I sold 2,000+ plants in about 6 hours this year!

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Something/one to aspire to!!! WOW!
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recycling ideas

posted by: gardeningpeggy on 08.16.2008 at 02:52 pm in Garden Junk Forum

I ran across this site today, thought I would share it with you, if you scroll down to near the bottom of the page there is an interesting thing to do with recycling plastic bags, they have made a tree type design for outside and a plastic bag tote bag, good uses instead of them ending up in a landfill, I also like what they have done with eggshells and few other things.

Here is a link that might be useful: recycling


more 'interesting' uses of plastic bags while recycling...unique ways of crocheting them also!
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Blue Glass

posted by: r_murray on 05.29.2008 at 07:58 pm in Garden Junk Forum

I know this is not very creative but it looks great hanging in the garden. Once a 60's table lamp it is now a yard ornament and to my mind it looks much better here.


This makes me wonder if that's what the house off Grange Hall has hanging in their tree!!!!
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'Purplelion Pig' Whip

posted by: crackpotannie on 04.28.2008 at 04:13 pm in Stained Glass & Mosaics Forum

Here's a chubby Purple Pig I'm doing while I wait to get back to my head ,it looks blue but really irid.purple and very sparkly.I bought 5 of these fat pigs in Mexico for 17.00ea,the next one is going to be a Texas Pig...then a calypso one in bright colors.I am attaching tails on them from beads since they had no tails...poor piggy poor piggy.

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Awesome Pig! work in progress...
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spring exchange has arrived!

posted by: mosaicwench1 on 03.17.2008 at 12:20 pm in Stained Glass & Mosaics Forum

I got a great box from my postman today!! I was lucky enough to be the recipient of becky_ia's exchange ball.

She did a lovely Fleur de Lis ball inspired by the stand and included a lovely candle shelter and candle with it!!

Thank you Becky - it's AMAZING! Lovely work!!

I'm so excited to be first!! Now I get to sit back and watch 'em roll in!!!


check out all the pretties in this thread! WOW!
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RE: Spring balls part 2 (Follow-Up #22)

posted by: gibsona on 03.24.2008 at 06:45 am in Stained Glass & Mosaics Forum

OK. Finally I can put Mosaicwench out of her misery! I LOVE IT!! I cannot believe how totally tiny these pieces are. She also sent Scrabble letters along! Thank you so very much. It's beautifully Springy!
Photobucket (didn't have an egg to measure it against!)


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RE: an alternative to BBs (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: chickeemama on 05.23.2007 at 11:20 am in Stained Glass & Mosaics Forum

For putting the pipe in the ball I have a book that explains it..they use styrofoam...take your styrofoam ball..cut in half carve out section for pipe to go through, use glue that works for styrofoam to glue two halves together AFTER inserting pipe..then use mortar mix to cover ball..waa laaah you have a lightweight (till the glass goes on it) ball with a tube in it!! Its from a concrete craft book I have called...CREATIVE CONCRETE ORNAMENTS FOR THE GARDEN by Sherri Warner concrete recipes how tos an more..I absolutely drool over this book, her other one is CREATING WITH CONCRETE YARD ART,SCULPTURE AND GARDEN PROJECTS.

I got my books used on and they are worth every cent...hope this helps all of you.

Oh it also goes over using the mesh/tape method used by drywallers.


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Garden Orb

posted by: bamasusanna on 04.10.2008 at 02:03 pm in Stained Glass & Mosaics Forum

A friend gave me this ceramic ball that had been in her yard when she moved into her house. She was going to throw it away! It's a little bit bigger than a bowling ball.
I just used scrap pieces and started on it Monday. Tuesday I had finished the gluing, today I grouted.
Garden Orb


Very Colorful Awesome Gazing Ball for sure...
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Questions re concrete cast leaves.

posted by: Fleur on 06.21.2005 at 08:24 pm in Hypertufa Forum

Mom, kids 9 and 11, grandmother and a friend cast concrete leaves yesterday and are awaiting "unveiling" tomorrow. During the course of our experiment, several questions arose and I hope someone can answer.

The recipe we used was 1 part portland to 2 1/2 white sand. I'd heard that adding Elmers glue can be added to strengthen the concrete. Elmers permanent or school glue and when do you add it? How much to perhaps a gallon ice-cream bucket of mix? How to test mix for enough water? I think ours may have been too runny. Or perhaps we didn't wait long enough before applying it to the leaf backs. Small cracks seem to be developing in one of the leaves. Anyone have any idea why this happened? We did use fiberblass tape to reinforce.

The completed casts were covered with saran, then newspaper to keep the sun off. Would hot sun have been bad or good? The castings were misted several times since completion and will get more til we uncast the leaves. Can we continue to mist to "cure" them? Or should we leave them in a bucket of water for a week or so to cure before painting? (We have two that are too large for buckets.)

Next comes the painting. I need recommendations on how to proceed. I think we'd like to use several colors blended together. We have oodles of Apple Barrel acrylic craft paint. Can we dilute this and use on the leaves? I understand we can also use water-based house paint. Is this correct? Do we do the veins first? Then what? Can you seal as soon as the paint is dry or should we wait for a day or so?

I've seen so many great leaves on links to this forum, I'd really like our project to have a happy outcome and a positive reinforcement, especially for the kids.

More later as the project unfolds.


good thread to follow for general info and tips!
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RE: Sand Cast Fish (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: eva1429 on 07.14.2005 at 03:41 pm in Hypertufa Forum

Hi, Everyone,

Thanks for the kind comments about my fish. Sorry I haven't been around much lately...nose to the old work grindstone.

Flyonawall (cool name!) -- Yes, I'd be glad to explain sand casting and to tell you a little about how I do it. In sand casting, you're actually making a mold in the sand and then pouring your mix into that mold.

A fish is an easy creature to start out with. All you need to do is draw a fish shape with your finger on the top of some damp, compacted sand in a container (a plastic dishpan, kitty litter pan, mortar pan, etc.), and then scoop out sand inside your outline to make the contours of your fish. At this point, you can make imprints (your thumb print is good for fish scales) or add embellishments such as seashells, half marbles, costume jewelry, etc. by pressing them into the sand face down (the side you want to appear on your casting in the sand), leaving part of the item sticking out of the sand so it will become embedded in your mix.

Keep your sand mold moist by misting it with a spray bottle if it starts drying out. Then you're ready to mix a batch of cement or 'tufa. I've been using 1 part Portland cement to 2 parts sand with a pinch of fibers, because I like how much detail I get with that mix. But a lot of different mixes would work. I make my mix more on the wet side, somewhere between packable and pourable. Apply your mix carefully in handfuls to avoid disturbing your designs in the sand. Leave for about 18 hours or so, and then demold.

Since it's been so hot here, I work outside in a shaded area. I cover my sand mold containers with pieces of plywood and then plastic bags weighted down with bricks. The sand in the containers is very moist, so I don't worry about adding any more water until I demold. After demolding and hosing off the casting, I put it back in the sand mold container and spray it and the sand with water. On very hot days, I sometimes cover the casting in the container with wet towels or t-shirts. I leave the casting this way for a few days.

In my Webshots album, you can see pictures of some of the sand molds that I've made. If you have any other questions that I can help with, please ask away.


Here is a link that might be useful: Sand Molds


Good info on how to sand cast!
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RE: Cement and perlite vs. cement and sand (Follow-Up #16)

posted by: eva1429 on 04.15.2008 at 05:31 pm in Hypertufa Forum

Hi, Fleur ~

A few summers ago, I cast this large cone-shaped torch holder using a mix of 1 part cement to 3 parts perlite. I love how lightweight it turned out.

But my problem was my impatience. I couldn't wait to put the cone on a pipe in the ground. The cone was too green and developed a stress line.

Fleur, when I try this mix again, I'll throw in some fibers and use bonding agent/admix in the water. I can see this mix being very durable when allowed to cure properly.

Please let us know your experience with it.


Here is a link that might be useful: Cement and Perlite Cone


follow the link to AWESOME creations...gotta check this out (more) when I have more time!
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RE: Marble Tree (Follow-Up #47)

posted by: lauralit on 01.29.2008 at 12:09 pm in Garden Junk Forum
Are these good prices for half glass marbles?

I LOVE your trees, bottle and marble! Would love to add some of these to my mom's bottle tree for a little extra UMPH...


too many pretties to chose from!
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Old window greenhouse

posted by: mao_tse_mom on 05.09.2007 at 04:41 pm in Garden Junk Forum

I thought I'd share with you my new greenhouse made with old windows. It's not quite done yet.

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now I wish I'd been able to salvage most/all of the windows from the house I used to live in, before they tore it down! this is TOO neato!
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Tufa Mixes for Newies

posted by: agrowingpassion on 08.28.2007 at 02:53 pm in Hypertufa Forum

This is taken from a post of 2005 which I can't find on the site anywhere but I had kept it and would like to share it with anyone interested. I have not used any of these but at the time of the post everyone was raving about this post. Take it for what it is worth. Hope it helps.

Receipe for hypertufa - different looks:

Hypertufa Mixes

1 part perl/verm
1 pt cement
2 parts peat

1 part sand
1 pt cement
2 pt peat

1 part sand
1 pt cement
1 pt peat

3 parts perl/verm
3 pt peat
2 pt cement

1/2 part sand
1 part cement
1/2 part peat

Approximate quantity for #1:10 quarts per part
All parts measured by volume

Treatment of Trough
Brush with stiff wire brush to remove shart edges and smooth look of poured concrete
Score sides with chisel or knife

Allow to dry slowly in a shaded spot 3-4 weeks or in big plastic bag with humidity under sun.


Tufa Recipes
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My garden junk art - everything AND the kitchen sink

posted by: sherril_2008 on 02.10.2008 at 07:47 pm in Garden Junk Forum

Was just looking at last summer's garden photo's, and wishing for springtime in the Rockie's. Thought I would share my garden sink.

We found it out in the back field at an old friend's farm. It is vintage 1920/30's. We built the stand out of old barnwood and put the sink in it. I put a strainer base in the drain hole for water drainage, and planted it with Viola's. Toward the end of summer it was overflowing with flowers.

Garden Pictures


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Concrete Sphere

posted by: twomonths on 01.04.2008 at 06:05 pm in Garden Junk Forum

I was looking for the hollow concrete sphere page

and found this site:'

Looks like the prices for these are good ones. Would make good bases for recycled plates and pots for mosaic. I like the concrete balls for some of my plant stands that I have curb shopped.


useful links.
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RE: Concrete Sphere (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: klinger on 01.09.2008 at 04:13 pm in Garden Junk Forum

Here's one that I made. I used a large exersize ball. Painted the inside black, the outside the vibrant blue, and put a mister with a green light in it. It looks cool in the garden with the green mist coming out of it,


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bird house, bird feeder, bottle tree

posted by: lisa_does_mosaics on 05.25.2007 at 02:20 pm in Garden Junk Forum

Hello! Just a few pictures of my fun things! I do get inspired by everyone here and just want to post a few things! I was thinking, with the teapot birdhouse, to somehow add a china cup and saucer underneath it and fill it with bird seed, but haven't figured out yet how to attach that to my shed...

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great ideas, esp for old teapot!
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Bottle Path

posted by: nova on 02.13.2008 at 07:28 pm in Garden Junk Forum

Hello All! I don't usually post here but I do lurk from time to time, as can be proved by my "Tipsy Pots", but a regular poster on the Florida Forum asked me to post this here. I have recently completed a "Bottle Path" which is a path made out of bottles. The bottles are buried whole, leaving only the bottoms exposed to make the pathway. Here is a picture to show the finished project -

Bottle path Finished!

I realize this isn't something you would want to do where the ground freezes or where you have a deposit on bottles but here in Florida it is a really cool way to use those bottles that would otherwise end up in the landfill!



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My metal tree

posted by: gretch1964 on 06.21.2007 at 10:39 pm in Garden Junk Forum

I made this metal tree. Was sick of the raccoons and squirels eatting all my bird seed.

Here is a link that might be useful: photobucket


saw something like this in Orion, Clarkston Road just East of Baldwin.
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Bottle tree and flower

posted by: ladybug0119 on 04.02.2007 at 12:14 pm in Garden Junk Forum

I had made this stained glass flower some time ago, then decided to add it to the bottle tree I put together a couple of weeks ago. Nice when the sun shines through the bottles and the flower....

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My bottle tree & crystal mobile

posted by: karalynn on 08.01.2007 at 01:38 pm in Garden Junk Forum

Here's a picture of my bottle tree made from blue bottles and copper pipes. The bottles I found at recycling centers and thrift shops. The pipes I got from my neighbor who had salvaged them from a grocery store that went out of business. The pipes are held to together with a 1x1 cinder block that's hidden by the mulch.
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I made this mobile out of old crystals I found at thrift shop strung on thin copper wires and hung from a brass thing I found in my dad's scrap pile.
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My first bottle tree!

posted by: airedale4mom on 04.25.2007 at 11:49 pm in Garden Junk Forum

I have desperately wanted a bottle tree but I am not handy with tools, don't weld and my husband is even less handy with household type repairs. I've spent months looking for a way to make a bottle tree without spending $$$ buying one.

I found these green metal wavy plant stakes, 6'tall, at Home Depot and they were marked down to $1 ea so I bought the 11 poles that they had left. The red bottles were from Ty Nant flat spring water (found at Ralph's grocery store), blue bottles from sparkling mineral water (Italian, at Trader Joe's) and the green bottles were also from sparkling mineral water, San Pelegrino, bought at the dollar store but also found at Ralph's and Trader Joe's.

I absolutely love my tree, better than the bottle trees I've seen for sale online and a lot cheaper! The poles bob and wave in the wind and even with gusts to 35mph they haven't smashed yet. I'm sure I'll have to take them down if we get the strong Santa ana winds. My only problem is water marks on the bottles from the sprinklers.

Where there's a will there's a way : )

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Here is a link that might be useful: larger picture of my bottle tree


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Propane Tank Pig

posted by: sherril_2008 on 02.28.2008 at 12:36 pm in Garden Junk Forum

I saw this propane tank pig planter at a local craft fair last summer.

I did not buy one at the time because my DH said he could "probably" make me one...

They were selling for $80.

btw... I still don't have one of my own, so I may be buying myself one this summer!

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too cute !
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My Garden Projects

posted by: robolady on 03.25.2008 at 11:14 pm in Garden Junk Forum

I just really realized that I have done several outdoor projects and I wanted to share, since spring is in the air.


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Hidden dragon - not any more.

posted by: r_murray on 03.29.2008 at 02:44 pm in Garden Junk Forum

I am often asked, "Where do all your ideas come from?"
Well sometimes it can be from the most accidental of sources.
In her post "Help! Can't find the dragonfly", Mommyandme mentioned "window screen for wings." That was the missing ingredient for the completion of the dragon. So my thanks to Mommyandme for helping me finish "hidden dragon" who isnt hidden any more.
Calamity certainly open my eyes to color and her mosaics are absolutely GREAT. But I also want to thank all the creative people who cover bowling balls with those round, glass beads for helping me put wings on this garden sculpture. I guess my point is: you never know what event will spark your creativity if your eyes are open, your mind is clear, and your ego is obscured (its sort of a Zen thing), ha,ha, ha.

This multi-media unfinished Dragon is made from:
The body was once an auto jack.
I fashioned a wire cage from a fireplace screen
A cement and vermiculite mix made the surface for the beads
The crown behind the head was a bicycle gear.
The arms were shelf brackets and the claws were 8d nails
The hind legs were the legs from a set of bed rails
Two small pieces of rebar and 8d nails
The head:
Eye sockets came from a bicycle seat clamp
Back of the head was an office chair caster
The snout was part of an auto clutch throw-out assembly
The teeth were made from the anti-skid part of bicycle pedals
The Wings:
Made from bicycle handle bars, and the supports from scrap rods.
I covered the wing space with screen from a fireplace screen
After the screen covering I spread a cement mix:
1 part mortar clay
2 parts Portland cement
6 parts vermiculite
Then I glued the round glass beads with DAP Acrylic Latex Adhesive Caulk plus silicone.
Grout (not yet) will be a slurry mix of (one to one) cement and fine sand

Thanks all,
(not so)Hidden Dragon


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RE: How to make a 'Nessie' (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: taigen on 04.01.2008 at 05:40 pm in Garden Junk Forum

Hi...I haven't been on here in some time and thought I would drop in again. I saw this thread and thought I would share my "Nessie" with you. I made this 3 years ago for our grandson. It is made from chicken wire, moss, placed over wood to support and filled with soil. Then I planted it with thyme and sedum. It is still (keeping fingers crossed) standing and growing (well once spring comes!)as you can see in the last picture of our ice storm mid march.
Anyway here are the photo's....
First made and planted

Side view, looks a little boxy till the plants fill in;

Just taken two weeks ago after our ice far, so good...people still enjoy seeing "her"


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Dont throw that away

posted by: angie83 on 03.22.2008 at 02:47 pm in Garden Junk Forum

I have had so much fun with paint and junk here is a bird house I made it was a butter tub and cost nothing to make Im working on others but here is a pic .
Cat Bird House


stuff I used to make bird house


very interesting way to use recycleables or non recycleables! very 'creative' that's for sure!
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posted by: nmgirl on 01.27.2008 at 12:39 pm in Garden Junk Forum

Here's a photo of my latest "millstone". I use these for garden stepping stones.
It's about 2 feet in diameter by 3 inches deep. I like big stepping stones, I have big feet. I've found that large stepping stones make it easier for me to work in my garden when moving a wheelbarrow around, setting down bags or plant pots, etc.
To make these I use a water heater overflow pan-plastic, mortar mix and, occasionally, concrete colorant. To carve it I use leather gloves, two old screwdrivers, a Phillips and a standard(flat), a straight edge of some sort to mark out the design, and good old elbow grease. To "age" the thing I use a hammer!
I've made several of these with different patterns which I found on the Web.
If anyone wants more "how-to" detail just post a note.
: )


Neato idea! I thought they FOUND a millstone, but no, they actually make them! useful for larger stepping stones for sure!
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gazebo, broken concrete, tipsy pots, bottle tree, etc...

posted by: cheribelle on 07.06.2006 at 04:19 pm in Garden Junk Forum

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This gazebo was built by me with some help from DH. The top is a 10 ft fiberglass satelite dish. I bought the 4X4 posts that hold it up. The rest was a porch my friend had taken off her house when she remodeled. Funny story. The carpenters she had hired to build her new wrap-around porch took the old one off and loaded it on my trailer for me. When I hauled it off they looked at me like I'm nuts. Then later, they came into the resteraunt where I was working. They recognised me and asked "What are you going to do with that old porch?" I said I'm going to build a gazebo. Professional carpenter says to me " A gazebo, huh? Those are cool, but really tricky." I said Nah, I have a plan. The look on his face was priceless, a waitress telling a professional carpenter she can build a gazebo??? To funny. heeheehee
He has NO clue I have been using power tools and remodeling things for 25 years :0)
The copper trellis on the front is one of my designs, one of many I have built. You can sort of see the bottle tree in the back, and the horse planter I just put in.
We are still working on the broken concrete patio, lots of old stuff on this old farm place to work with, just takes time and WORK.


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RE: Recycled Log Birdfeeder (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: kirkus on 10.27.2007 at 08:12 pm in Garden Junk Forum

Two Months... You made me chuckle! I'll give it up just for you because you inspire me so much! (I really mean that!) Recipe:

1 cup crunchy peanut butter
1 cup shortening
2 cups quick cooking oats
2 cups cornmeal
1 1/2 cups bird seed
1 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar

Melt in pan peanut butter and shortening. Stir in all remaining ingredients. Pour into baking pan. About 1 1/2 to 2 inches thick. Store extra in freezer.

After making my own, I saw tubes of Suet at WalMart today. You could also cut up the squares of purchased suet and "squoosh" into the holes. It would be less mess than making your own, but making my own made me feel like I made the whole thing...birdfeeder and suet! LOL Kirk


Suet Recipe!
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Dish Flowers

posted by: kirkus on 11.25.2007 at 09:05 pm in Garden Junk Forum

Saw these dish flowers this weekend. Aren't they cool? Carol asked the lady if she could take a picture and post them. The lady even helped Carol take the pictures! (I was too shy to ask!) She was excited to hear about the GardenWeb Junk forum. Aren't they neat flowers? Kirk

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different way to use old cup and saucers! cool!
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Thank you all! (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: saywhatagnes on 06.07.2007 at 02:02 am in Garden Junk Forum

Thank you all so very much for the kind words!

Rebel One, heres a picture of a pane of glass (in an old window frame) that I used 3 different size marbles on:

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Large/Cobalt, Medium/Turquoise & Green, Small/Light Blue. I used medium and small on the tree. I got them at Hobby Lobby during a half-off sale but Ive seen all 3 sizes at Michaels, Big Lots & Wal-Mart too. At Wal-Mart, theyre in the craft/floral dept and the tag reads Mainstays Decorative Gems.

Goldenpond & Purplemoon,
Bottle trees are still my absolute favorite! ;)
My Blue Bottle Cedar Tree:

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RuthinOnt and Luvstocraft,
Yes, I glued the marbles together first, then cut short lengths of fishing line and tied a piece on each marble (kinda like a yo-yo), then onto the tree limbs/branches.
Hope yall can see in this picture:

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Again, thank you all for the kind compliments,


Love this (blue!) bottle tree and the window too!
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Marble Tree

posted by: saywhatagnes on 06.06.2007 at 06:21 pm in Garden Junk Forum

Thought Id share a fun Garden Junk project I enjoyed doing.
I used a dead Crape Myrtle branch but I think anything would work. Maybe a wooden fence post for something different.

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I drilled tiny holes along the limbs and cut up some wire coat hangers, stuck the wire pieces in the holes on the limbs, then stuck the main branch down in a hurricane fence post. I spray painted the whole thing and hung half marbles on the branches of the tree with nylon fishing line.
I used GE II Silicone Window & Door caulk to glue the two flat sides of the marbles together (Id do a handful every evening while watching tv and lay them on a piece of wax paper to dry overnight). I also squirted a dab of caulk in the drilled holes before I stuck the wire in them.
Here's a close-up:

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Its been in the hot, all-day sun and gone through about 5 thunderstorms in the last 2 months and so far, no lost marbles. Sorry for the picture quality. It really is pretty in the sunshine and the hummingbirds have been using it for a perch. Im thinking of doing one in all one color next, maybe red, and call it a glass Cherry tree. LOL.
Happy Garden Junkin,


TOO COOL an idea! another use for all the flat marbles etc...
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