Monday, August 10, 2009

A birdbath by Kathleen


Our children's garden has had an empty spot for awhile now. Every year I have tried to grow flowers from seed in this spot but for some reason or another they haven't taken. While Kathleen was here she made a birdbath that has found its perfect spot in that location! Kathleen has made these birdbaths before and they are so adorable that I really wanted one for the garden. It is such a charming addition and it's even more special because Kathleen made it!

She starts with two terra cotta pots and a saucer. They are glued together and spray painted on the inside.



Painting comes next.


Each flower and bug is made from our fingerprints! We each were assigned a color and that was the center for each of our flowers.

When she painted the stems on the flowers she worked in our names so that we would always remember which color/flower was ours. Aren't you impressed with her cursive? (With a paint brush no less!)

She also adds grass to the bottom. We each have a critter and a family caterpillar.


And of course every artist should sign their work!

Thank you Kacky for such a lovely addition to our garden. Now we will be waiting for the birds to come and bathe!

P.S. There are other steps involved and Kathleen has pretty specific paint, glue and spray that she uses. If you want to know more details just let me know.

Hello, again!  I've gotten so many requests for this information that I'm just going to post it here.  Have fun and good luck!  From Kathleen....

Okay..here's the info for the bird bath.  

I glued the pots together with E600.  It is the best glue and can be found at craft stores and I've even seen it at Hone Depot.  Make sure you get a big tube.  After you've glued the bottoms of the pots together and the saucer, spray paint (any kind is fine )the inside of the bottom pot and let everything sit for about 24 so the glue can fully dry.

The paint I used on the outside is Porch and Patio paint.  I found it at Michael's.  Let the paint dry for several hours then use a UV protectant clear coat.  Krylon makes one.  I used two coats.  

Make sure you don't leave the birdbath out in cold weather, the paint will crack and chip.


Enjoy. I hope it turns out to be beautiful.

40 comments:

  1. Love it!! Seen something similar and always wanted to do it. Kathleen did a great job!

    Want to know more!

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  2. So fun. Glad y'all had fun. we will catch up next time!

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  4. Love this! I would like to do something similar for my daughter's class basket for their school fundraiser auction. Can I get more information about the paint, spray and glue she used for this project?

    Colbey

    shoppingATpaulandcolbeyDOTcom

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  5. I would like to know what kind of paint and glue she used.
    I plan on making a birdbath for my mom for mothers day.

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  6. Kelsey- If you will leave me your email information, I will ask Kathleen to send you that information!

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    1. Thank you very much :)
      kelso22894@yahoo.com

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  7. I would love the paint, glue, etc. info. too, please. kiwiyates@yahoo.com

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  8. I would also love the info on paint, glue etc. danielka@oplin.org Thank you

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  9. I also would like to have the info about glue etc for the Bird baths. carbos@tds.net Thank You!

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  10. Great idea. I would love to know the details of which type of glue, paint etc work best. Could you please have Kathleen email that to me too?
    patetes@charter.net

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  11. Could you please leave me information on the materials used for the birdbath.
    Thank you so much..
    staceywheelus@gmail.com

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  12. I would love to know what kind of paint and glue were used. We have a Girl Scout troop that is building a butterfly garden and they need a birdbath. This is a great idea! Thanks, Lisa (sutton1107@yahoo.com)

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  13. Such an adorable idea. I'd like to know the paint/glue, etc. details if possible. Thanks so much!
    dakoehn at msn dot com

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  14. Hi, please could you send me the info on what types of paint etc to use so i can make one of these for my mum for her birthday? My email is mummymoments1@gmail.com

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  15. Can you please send me info on the glue, paint, etc. that you used.
    Mbylsma4@ameritech.net

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  16. I'd like to know the glue and paint as well please. rlh719@gmail.com
    Thanks,

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  17. wow, gorgeous! i have a lot of empty pots out there and neve came up to make something so creative and cute like this! I would like to know what paint and glue you used, thanks!

    pitufina73@yahoo.com

    maria

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  18. wow, gorgeous! i have a lot of empty pots out there and neve came up to make something so creative and cute like this! I would like to know what paint and glue you used, thanks!

    pitufina73@yahoo.com

    maria

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  19. Please ,I need to know what paint and spray she used. My paint always peels off after a few months.Thanks
    taterav45@gmail.com

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  20. I would love to do this with my grandson. Could I please get the specifics on the materials needed. Thank you!

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  21. I would love for my Grandsons & I to make one - biffsmarian@hotmail.com please would like great in this Nana's Garden. Thanks

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  22. Please let me know what paint and glue to use. Love the idea! Terri

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  23. I would also like the information on what kind of glue to use. sjgirl3020002000@yahoo.com

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  24. I myself would like to know what type of glue and paint used as stated in a previous comment, my paint seems to peel off after a few months. Also, my painting designs are terrible...any ideas about using some kind of templates or something that I can use to make my painted designs look better that if a 2 year old painted them on the birdbath? Thanks Kathleen, my e-mail address is: zoenpaulfsu@yahoo.com

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  25. I would also like to know the type of glue, paint and any other necessary details. thank you, kay.price@comcast.net

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  26. I would like the specifics on the making of the birdbath. Such a wonderful family project. stlabass@sbcglobal.net. Thank you for sharing.

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  27. I would also like specifics on the making of the birdbath...paint, glue, spray? Thanks so much for this wonderful idea....I live on a river and there are lots of birds...all kinds and I try to keep them fed....this could also be used for feeder....love the idea....
    lvickery7@hotmail.com.....thanks

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  28. What a great idea. I would also love the specifics. It would look so great in my garden and the birds would love it. Thank you. brindi2009@gmail.com

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  29. I would definitely like to try this project. Please advise the glue and paint used and what you used to seal the basin. Thank you. marnac@woh.rr.com

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  30. Please share what kind of paint and glue you used. would love to make one of my own. maybe even the size of pots. Thanks!

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  31. wow--how beautiful- i would love to know the paint and glue type and pot and saucer size--
    please --deborah.gora@yahoo.com thanks.

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  32. I would love to have more information about the paint, glue, etc. Thank you.

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  33. christyh@windstream.net
    Thank you
    More info please

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  34. Hello everyone! I've updated the post with information from Kathleen at the bottom! Thank you!

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  35. What kind of glue did she specifically use?

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  36. Since there are so many people asking for specifics on paint, glue, etc, why not post it on here instead of getting individual email addresses?

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  37. Anonymous- I did just that a while ago. If you read all the way down its at the bottom of the post. Thanks! Anna

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  38. Would you please send me the information for the bird house also? starlink_us@yahoo.com

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  39. I don't understand why the inside has to be painted...seems like an unnecessary step to me...

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