I recently moved into a new home and found realized that our front yard is very…uummm..boring. We have rock, which makes it a little difficult to do much to liven it up. I also don’t know *exactly* what is allowed with the neighborhood association, so I didn’t want to add anything permanent, just in case they tell us it has to be removed. When Lowe’s challenged me to create an outdoor mini makeover, I knew I needed some color!
The day we closed on our home we drove right over and put our new Welcome mat at the front door. You have to have a nice Welcome mat for your door, especially on your first home. My husband picked this one out, after I had been looking at some with brighter colors, and flowers…but we agreed to do with this and I really do like it at our door.
Now I wanted something fun to bring the birds around. The front window in our house is my office and I want something pretty to look at while I work throughout the day. I decided to transform a stack of flower pots into a pretty bird bath.
- 3-4 flower pots of varying sizes (I didn’t have any on hand so I went to Lowe’s and grabbed one of each of the terracotta planters)
- Large Saucer
- Strong Adhesive
- optional: Valspar Spray Paint in various colors (if you do paint, be sure to cover area with something! I used a big plastic tarp)
- optional: small saucer for bird seed
I started by spray painting each of the pots and saucers in various colors. We went with really BRIGHT colors because I let my daughter pick them out.
I used a tarp large enough I could paint all the pieces easily at the same time. **Remember** use several light coats. Trying to do a heavy coat to cover it after one coat will cause major drips. I have to keep telling myself this because I get impatient. Let each coat dry before applying the next.
After they are 100% dry (I recommend letting them sit overnight), stack your pots. You can apply a little glue to hold together if you’d like, but keeping them free allows for easier moving! Apply a good coat of adhesive to the top to hold your big saucer. In this picture I was using an epoxy I had picked up. I thought it would work. I was wrong. It ever stuck. I guess that’s what I get for trying to do it without asking for help at Lowe’s! I ended up running to my stash and grabbing a big tube of E6000 that worked perfectly. Apply a good coat to the top of your smallest pot and carefully place your saucer on top.
While I had the big saucer drying, I also added my smaller saucer. I found where I wanted it and applied glue then propped it up with a newspaper that was still in the plastic (so it wouldn’t stick). I let it sit like this overnight to dry, although it was probably good after a few hours.
Add water to your large saucer and bird seed to your smaller (if you opted) and you are ready to go! Wait for the birds to start enjoying!
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*Disclosure: I’m a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Creators and Influencers network. I was given a Lowe’s gift card to complete this project for an organization challenge. All opinions and ideas expressed are 100% my own.