I have something to show you that I think you’re going to like. Why do I think that?
Because who doesn’t like easy, fun projects that give you a good bang for your buck?
This is one of those.
Plus it’s cute.
And, it involves a perennial favorite garden accent, a birdhouse.
Do I have your attention yet?
I love birdhouses, and I get bonus points because I happened to have the perfect kind for this project: one with a cedar roof. The only thing I was missing was the right kind of tray, but I picked one up last weekend at a tag sale for $1 (wait till you see what else I got!).
Here’s what I used to put this together:
- 2″ long nails
- sheet moss
- spanish moss
- u-shaped florist’s picks
- 4 six pack of plants
- 1 3″ pot of ivy
- tray, 2″ high
- potting mix
- paint for tray
- wood to raise the birdhouse
- wood glue
I also used a hammer, plastic gloves, water and a bucket.
*If you don’t have a birdhouse with cedar or asphalt shingles, you will need to purchase about 15-20 or either type and use finishing nails to secure them.*
You’ll notice my birdhouse just happened to have moss attached to it already. Throw some more of the extra bonus points my way!
Let’s get started…
Paint your tray if desired. I also painted the wood that went under the birdhouse but that was totally not necessary. I just like to waste paint. Glue your wood, positioning it in the center of the tray. Let dry, then glue your birdhouse to the wood and let dry.
This is a fairly messy project, so you may want to consider doing it outside. I threw a sheet over a workbench I had been using to cut a board earlier in the day (I’ll show you that another time) and used that as my work surface.
I hammered the nails into the roof shingles, staggering them and making sure they stuck up at least 1″ so I could attach the moss.
I soaked the moss thoroughly in a bucket of water, squeezed out most of the water and attached it to the roof by slipping it over the nails.
I removed the plants from their containers and soaked them in the bucket (I added some fertilizer to the water but this is optional). I then attached them to the nails, pushing the root ball firmly and using the hammer to secure the floral picks to keep the root ball in place. I then added some potting mix around the roots of the plants. Meanwhile I soaked the sheet moss in water and used that to cover the bare soil and again, used my trusty floral picks to secure it.
I then filled the base with potting mix and placed plants along the front, sides and back of the house. After I was done with all the plants, I checked for any bare spots and used either the sheet moss or spanish moss to fill it in. This gives a decorative finish and also helps to keep the root balls from drying out.
I wish I had thought of this project a couple of months ago. This time of year the only plants I could find in 6 packs were Gazania. They’re fine, but I would imagine this would look awesome with impatiens, or any plant with a little more color.
If you do this project, you will need to keep this in a part sun/part shade spot to avoid the drying effects of the sun and make sure to keep it moist with daily, light watering.
The possibilities are endless for creativity with this project, depending on the size of your birdhouse and tray and the plants you use. I can even picture making this into a little fairy garden :).
In other news…
It’s been beautiful lately, and a few days ago we went to a very large reservoir known as Quabbin Reservoir. I believe I read that it supplies water for 40% of Massachusetts residents!
This next picture looks like Hawaii to me. Pretty, yes? We took our bikes but I got my butt kicked to the curb with the hills!
Oh, and here’s what else I got at the tag sale. Two vintage yard chairs that are a LOT more comfortable than they look (they rock) for $20 and three wood benches for free.
Free is good.
Question: should I remove the rust on the bottom of the chairs? I’m thinking no. What say you?