Tree Top Birds

I’ve always liked the idea of having a fairy-tale garden with mysterious cubby holes, fairytale mushrooms, lofty trees and beautiful bluebells. As I was growing up I loved the woods and often spent hours roaming through the towering barks hunting for hidden secrets and trying to spy some of the wonderful wildlife. So now we have our first house with our first ever garden I am very excited to try and bring just a touch of this magic into it, so I have given some old ornaments a twist to help liven up the January garden blues.

I have chosen to repurpose some old scratched Christmas ornaments, which can be bought very cheap now in January, or you can choose something else:

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So to start the process choose some of your old CDs that you don’t listen to anymore:

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Take your CD and you can begin cutting these up with you scissors, however be careful when selecting as some of the lower quality CDs can peel the silver as below:

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Also watch your fingers as the CD shards can be sharp and they can ‘ping’ a little if you are chopping quickly. It takes a little time so be patient and always cut over a plastic bag as little clippings get everywhere.

Eventually you will then end up with you CD mosaic tiles:

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Sort them into sizes so you can always find something to fit your space and then it’s just a case of gluing them into place. I use hot glue as its nice and durable for the outdoors:

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Once finished you can let them dry fully before pulling off any straggling glue strands. I also re-vamped my old mushroom from the garden so I have taken the time to paint the stalk gold at this point so it all works together:

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Once everything is dry they are ready to get displayed! To ensure the little birds stay secure I am using some florists wire to tie them into the trees (which I have left over from making wreaths at Christmas):

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And then you can enjoy your amazingly sparkly garden ornaments!!

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I wanted to tie the birds into our little trees before the leaves grow back, so they will be subtle hidden gems until the sun hits them and they fill the garden with lovely reflected lights, which is also something the cat quite likes!

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If you want to try this yourself, you can update anything – old pots, gnomes, bird baths or whatever you feel needs a bit of a re-vamp! Go crazy and have fun

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The first blog

Hello!

If you are on here to look for quirky homemade gifts, achievable DIY tips or just to generally take a look – welcome! Firstly I must say that everything on here is bits and bobs I have picked up over the past few years, I don’t claim to have invented everything from scratch and I don’t know exact measurements or patterns, however I do know what has worked for me in the past and I hope I can give you enough guidance to help you create something you love all for yourself.

My new year resolution this year is to grow my own herbs and hopefully a few plants that will help with me with my homemade crusade. My success rate on this in the past has been poor at best, so I’m hoping for 2015 I can turn this around to grow some delicious smelling and tasting bits that can feature in my gifts. I’ve started with a gooseberry bush that I planted last week in our little garden and some herb seeds I am trying to grow on our windowsill. Hopefully by the end of the year I will adding them to oils, salts, sachets, teas, cosmetics …. and the gooseberries to a sorbet.

In the meantime the Christmas decorations have come down and it’s time for me to begin thinking about how to decorate the spare room, however I just couldn’t pack away my homemade moose-head, so I think he will have to become the first feature of the room.

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