There is a show on HGTV called “Creative Juice”. I don’t believe they’re making new episodes anymore, so the show is all repeats, and on at some ungodly hour like 5:30 am, but thanks to modern technology, I just DVR it and watch it at my leisure.
I’ve tried several of the projects presented on the 30-minute show — they’re fun, easy, and functional. And while I wait to indulge my creative juices in the culinary realm when school starts in a few weeks, it’s been one way for me to satisfy those artistic cravings.
My latest project is a bird bath. The show presented it in a different way, using stencils and that kind of thing. I modified the instructions a bit by using some fun pastel spray paint.
The base of the bird bath is simply three terra cotta pots (turned upside down, of course) in 14″, 12″, and 10″ sizes. The water container is a 16″ terra cotta saucer. The containers are held together with acrylic based silicone caulk. I also used the silicone to adhere the saucer to the top of the base.
I further modified the project by adding a 6″ saucer to hold bird seed.
The only change I made from the photo is to move the small seed tray into the center of the bird bath and adhere it there. After letting it all dry for 24 hours, I found that the silicone didn’t provide a stable glue to hold the saucer on the edge.
I’ve been wanting a bird bath for my backyard for some time, but the price tag for most of the ones I liked were upwards of $150. In less than two hours, with about $65 worth of materials, I made this one-of-a-kind creation that reflects my taste and style.
Much more fun and satisfying than bringing an expensive one home from the garden center!