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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Butterfly Feeder or Bird Bath

Add some color to your garden with this simple craft.




Supplies Needed:
  • Terra Cotta pots & tray (Walmart)
  • Acrylic Paint-any brand will do (Walmart)
  • Waterproof sealant Loctite  Amazon link 
  • Stencils (Walmart)
  • Clear plate for food (Dollar Tree)
  • Paint Brushes

Butterflies are attracted to BRIGHT colors. Pick the brightest colors that coordinate with your garden. If you need color inspiration visit Design Seeds on facebook or Pinterest

Use a toothpick for fine lines. It might be easier to hold the stencil on the pot than use tape. I had the tape leave glue behind and it was difficult to remove. Remove the stencil before the paint dries.

I used one pot for my desired height. You can stack different sizes to increase the height. Bake for 30mins on warm to set the paint. Wait 48 hours before placing outside.

Apple a generous amount of sealant on the bottom of the tray and gently press into place on the upside down pot. Allow this to cure for 48 hours.  You can adhere bright silk flowers too.

For easy clean up use a clear glass to hold the over ripe fruit and sugar water. Clean the plate before night fall. You don't want to encourage night time animals to feast. Wash with 10% bleach solution to avoid mold growth.

Sugar water: 1 part sugar to 4 parts boiling water. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Once cool pour onto the dish and add small pieces of bright sponges.

For more ideas check out DecoArt on Pinterest and my Clay Pot Board on Pinterest.

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