The spring challenge is here and this was truly a test of discovery to see if I have the gift of crafting. Susan from Momcrieff was our leader and she did a fantastic job organizing everything.
The main elements were Mod Podge and fabric which are two things I rarely have around the house and my first thought was, this could be interesting. I settled on a decoupage bird feeder planter but let me say arriving at the finish line was a huge challenge.
My focus became content with the idea Mod Podge and fabric, I forgot Susan also mentioned to incorporate something recycled. This is where things fell apart because we’ve been downsizing and I’ve gotten rid of well…. just about everything and I didn’t want to go rummaging through thrift stores for inspiration.
For weeks, I kept walking through the house finding nothing to recycle and I didn’t think Robert’s empty coke cans would work with fabric or mod podge. So a couple weeks ago when I decided to Spring into Gardening I noticed this sad clay pot and then remembered I had additional pieces of terra cotta near the front of the house.
I found some hope and a couple days later decided to pull everything together in the form of a bird feeder for the garden.
Cutting Pieces of Fabric
I started outside by cutting pieces of fabric in square and rectangle shapes. It was cold and windy so I ended up bringing the project indoors while complaining about the cold.
Robert was inside and said, “What Cha doing?” I just kind of glared at him and said oh it’s a mod podge thing… ending with.. I really don’t know what I’m doing. He said, well here let me cut the fabric before you hurt yourself. Apparently, I was cutting with the force; who knew messing with pieces of fabric could be so tedious?
Mod Podge the Planter
With Mod Podge simply apply with a paint brush, place your fabric on a clean surface and brush more over the top. Mod Podge is like a glue and when it dries it shines offering a sealed crafty presentation and did you know it was a 1960’s invention from a woman’s garage?
As you can see my pot really didn’t have a plan and sanding would have been a smart first step that I skipped. Instead one swatch was attached after the other incorporating a bit of this and that. It was a “fly by the seat of my pants” kind of plan, a favorite quote from Pretty Women.
My focus was more on the bird feeder part of the project so I was trying to get the planter finished so I go to the workshop and cut wood.
Adding the Feeder Pots
This is when I got excited because there is just something about drilling wood and power tools that I enjoy way more than crafting. This part of the project involved recycled wood, hardware and two clay pots. I broke the bottom out of one pot which freaked me out because then I had to go with plan B… oh wait…. there was no plan B.
- Choose a couple pieces of wood, the bottom piece should fit tight inside the pot. Later we’ll secure that with small rocks and dirt.
- I took the second piece of wood and drilled them together in the shape of a T.
- The small pot was drilled to the top piece of wood using a screw and a bolt.
- Because I broke the bottom of the second pot I decided to stack them and fill with bird seed before heading to the garden.
Adding Details like Flowers and Sticks
Finishing touches included small plants tucked around the edges using additional dirt to secure everything. I found a broken saucer on the potting bench so I glued it back together and placed it under the planter.
Something was still missing and as I looked at my finished project I thought to myself…. I’m not a crafty…. this is not me…. Which means I almost chucked the whole thing. But something stopped me as I looked into the pasture noticing our row of trees beginning to sprout new shades of green.
I grabbed my clippers and headed to the pasture where I cut a few branches for detail that was desperately necessary. I thought… this project may not be my kind of thing but decided that was okay. Sometimes it’s good to create out of your comfort zone and I think we can all agree I’m not crafty. But you know what? The birds don’t care, they’ve been enjoying this new garden prop and that makes me smile.
The important thing is I didn’t give up and I let my surroundings bring it all together. I’d like to invite you to check out my awesome blog friends and see what they did for Spring with Mod Podge, fabric and something recycled.