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Any one who has been following this blog for a while knows that I DO NOT have green fingers but I still want a space to enjoy and relax in.  So, as we embark on summer here are the garden projects I have been coveting the most as a non-gardener and want to try (Just click on the image to go to the tutorial or the source of the image)…

Number One:

French Glazed Plant Pots – Tutorial by “So Much Better With Age”

I love the look of these and once I discovered that “Latex Paint” is actually what we call emulsion in the UK I think this is  a good warm up project to start the summer with…

Image of finished french glazed plant pot by "So Much Better With Age"
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Image from “So Much Better With Age”

Number Two:

Teapot Planters – Funky Junk Interiors

I can’t find the tutorial on this one (I pinned it on Pinterest and if you click on this picture it will take you to the blog the image was pinned from but I cannot find the relevant post, sorry!) It looks straight forward though and I will be raiding the charity shops!

Image of teapots used as planters displayed along a staircase hand rail
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Image from www.funkyjunkinteriors.net

Number Three:

Up-cycled Drawer Planters – Estate 2 on Etsy

This one links to an Etsy listing where these were sold.  I want to make my own.  A good way of getting a bit of height into any garden.

Image showing two drawers painted blue, cut off and mounted on a wall as planters
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Photo by estate2.etsy.com

Number Four:

Mosaic Stair Risers – Frankie Magazine

Again, no tutorial on this one but there are loads of good tutorials on mosaic-ing (for example this one by Total Mosaic – How to Mosaic) I love the idea that it is pretty but discreet.

 

Number Five:

Can Lid Shingles – Beth Evans Ramos

This idea would cover something ugly in a really attractive way.  This is the only one that I am not quite sure where I am going to use it.  Although there isn’t a tutorial you can zoom in closely enough to see the nails through the centre of each can lid.  If I spray painted the lids in colours it could be even more attractive.  The lids would definitely need to be sprayed with something so that they didn’t rust though!

Image of a chicken coop covered with tin can lids as shingles/roofing tiles
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Image by Beth Evans Ramos

 

Well that’s my plans for this summer.  I will be interested to see if I manage to achieve them all, in part or whether life will get in the way!  What pretty things have you found to add to your garden.  I would love to see more ideas.  You can check out mine on my Garden Ideas Pinterest Board.

Happy Gardening!

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