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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Garden Craft Projects

Early last summer I posted about how Eric and I had snuck in to the vacant lot next door to us and lopped some saplings so we could use the wood in craft projects and, in essence, keep the spirit of the little thicket even though the thicket itself would be gone.

I never got around to showing you what we had done with some of the wood, so I thought I'd share a couple of photos with you.

Remember the old grill that we repurposed to a planter last summer?  Well I thought it might be nice to add a trellis of some sort to it.  So I used some of the saplings to build a rustic trellis.

At first, we had the planter by the dining room, but the plants in it really suffered when the sun came round to that side of the house.  So I moved it back against the bedroom window, where it gets more shade, so the plants aren't getting cooked every afternoon.  I think they like it much better.

The other little project completed so far is this macrame owl.  I was big into macrame back in the 70's and when we went back to England on vacation in May, I noticed mum still had the little brown owl towel holder I had made her.  

I also remembered a larger owl I had made that she used to have hanging outside.  I decided I had to make one of those for our patio.

Here he is.  The two branches are cut from one of the saplings from the thicket next door and he came out exactly the way I hoped he would.  Pretty good since I was going from a 40 yr old memory and didn't have a pattern! He's hanging over the outside light on the patio, out of the rain.

We've got plenty of wood left and my husband plans to make a platform bird feeder for me, similar to one my dad has in his garden. 

He hasn't given me a project completion date yet.... 

Words and photographs by Jayne Wilson, Green and Serene, Jayne's Country Garden.


Bernie H said...

I remember the macrame creations from the late 70's / early 80s. I still have a pot plant holder somewhere! I just adore your owl hanging. What a great job you did on that! You've certainly made great use of those saplings!

Lancashire rose said...

It is always fun to catch up with gardeners' craft projects. Those sapling cuttings make a great trellis and that would be a gorgeous bird house. So English looking. I always look at them with envy when I am in the UK. It has given me an idea for a project for David!! You can never have too many projects in the works.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jayne,The bird table you show is beginning to show signs of wear.the birds have been taking the thatch for their nests so I will have to re-tatch it this autumn.Dad

Birdwoman said...

I love it! It's wonderful to be able to reuse and recycle resources as you have done. Plus, it's beautiful!

Kathleen Scott said...

Sad that your thicket will be whacked. Having the wood in use in your yard is a little consolation.

Your owl is adorable! And the feeding table is a great idea. I've been asking my husband for a feeding table for years but he has more reasons 'not' than I have 'for'.