Arts & Crafts
Get your creative juices flowing. Bring flowers into your home or backyard through art.
Colourful and bright arts and crafts projects are not only fun, they bring something unique to your home. Paint, model or tile your way to floral fantasia, then sit back and enjoy your labours. Get your kids or grandkids involved too.
Bring colour to a deck or patio by introducing potted colour. Plant in fancy containers, or dress up standard containers with stencils. A range of stencils is available at craft stores or online. For proper adhesion, choose a specific paint for ceramic or clay surfaces.
Create a hanging basket for plants using willow stems. Bend several stems to form a 3D teardrop frame, tying the ends at the top. Weave stems around the bottom to form a basket. Weave more around the sides, leaving an opening for planting. Line the base with moss.
US flower forager Bridget Beth Collins creates beautiful artwork with fresh flowers. The flowers are glued onto a card then photographed for prints. Feeling crafty? Try it yourself. Or head to Bridget's website for more inspiration (or to buy one of her prints): floraforager.com
CERAMIC GARDEN STAKES
Make faux glazed flower stakes to add colour to your patch. Roll out white polymer clay to desired thickness. Use a cookie cutter to cut out flower shapes, and another for the round flower centres. Poke a hole through the centre of each flower shape (for the stake). Place the circles on top. Bake in oven. Mix red alcohol ink into Fimo liquid clay. Mix another lot with yellow. Brush the colours onto the flowers, then bake for 30 minutes. Glue stakes into holes.
Spruce up old pots, a wall or even a concrete pathway with a mosaic masterpiece. To mosaic a pot, clean it with a scrubbing brush first and leave to dry. Apply several coats of waterproof acrylic sealer (only necessary if the pot is porous). Working in small sections so the glue doesn't dry, apply tiling adhesive and press pieces of tiles onto the pot. You can break up large tiles to use, or buy tiles ready cut. Leave to dry overnight, then grout.
Discover the power of the artistic ceramic flower. Add blooming garden art to your plot for year-round interest.
For a contemporary look, complement your planting with a colourful abstract panel. Use test pots to create your artwork. Plywood and other porous materials are easy to paint as the paint is absorbed to some degree and therefore adheres easily. Perspex is nonporous, which means the paint can flake off. You can scuff the surface of a Perspex panel with fine sandpaper so the paint has something to grip, or use a primer specifically designed for plastic before painting.