Starlight Garden Stakes

jeannespinesMay 8, 2009

DH & I made these "starlight" garden stakes for our first day of Farmer's Market this season. First of all, we had 10 white metal rails that we had bought for a home project and then didn't use them...so decided to re-cycle. This is the bottom view...bought greenplastic/rubber fence stakes at Menards and cut them in 12" pieces (they stick into the ground)...a 7 ft. stake costs $3.79:

We had scraps of left-over pcs of wood from deck rails... so DH cut roof angle & drilled hole in bottom for metal rails...I painted and drilled a small faux hole to look like a birdhse...drilled tiny hole in those "glow-in-the-dark" stars & used gold nails to attach...and painted with white & then 2 shades of green. DH made roofs out of scrap lumber:

And here's the full view..some ugly winter kill on the bushes in the background:

These are standing in a small bucket of sand (for display)but I think just one alone will be cute among my flowers!

As we were making these, I was thinking that these white metal rails were reasonable (on sale) for $1.49 ea...maybe they would make a great "flower stem" for "glass flowers!"...and also the green flexible stakes might be of some use for those of you who make glass flowers.

Just wanted to share.... Jeanne S.

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nonacook(8bFL)

Those are great!
How much do you plan to sell them for?
Wish we had a Menards! I head for there when I go
to Indiana. Lots of good stuff that Lowe's and
Home Depot don't have!
How do the white rails and the green stakes
fit together?

    Bookmark   May 8, 2009 at 10:14PM
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susiewantsroses(7b)

So-o-o-o-o-o-o terrific!!!!! You and your DH make a great creation team! Love the shape of the white poles. The bird houses were a very creative recycling project.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2009 at 10:19PM
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TwoMonths(So Calif)

Our ReStore for Habitat for Humanity in Riverside CA had a bin full of stair pieces. I got 5 to use to put bird houses on...may steal your idea if my houses are too large.
Great idea. I even have the little shiny stars sitting on my tv stand from the GS room (too big for those now I guess)

    Bookmark   May 8, 2009 at 11:56PM
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luvstocraft

Love those! Would love to have a few in my own yard! TFS Luvs

    Bookmark   May 9, 2009 at 12:01AM
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smickerdoodle

Those are wonderful Jeanne. I'm sure they will be great tucked into the plants in your garden and I am sure they will sell quickly.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2009 at 4:33AM
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katishooked(6)

Jeanne I love your birdhouses. Good idea for stakes.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2009 at 5:54AM
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leveta(6)

They are very cute...Good ideal for leftovers...

    Bookmark   May 9, 2009 at 8:13AM
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jlily(Z6)

The starlightstakes with bird houses are just adorable! What a cute idea. They would look great anywhere in the garden. Jlily

    Bookmark   May 9, 2009 at 9:46AM
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maggie4737

Very cute!!

    Bookmark   May 9, 2009 at 9:50AM
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concretenprimroses(4B NH)

Jeanne you are so creative. Love the starlite theme too. And no one else will have these at the FM, you are sure to attract buyers.
I have a wooden baluster/spindle that I wanted to use as plate flower stem but I wasn't sure how to stick it in the ground (didn't want to put the wood in as it would rot.) Now I'll have to check out the fence stakes. Thanks!
kathy

    Bookmark   May 9, 2009 at 10:00AM
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cait1

You are always so busy making things!! You and DH are very creative people. I think they are terrific!

    Bookmark   May 9, 2009 at 10:21AM
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tennesseetrash(7 east tenn)

Jeanne, those would look great solo in your garden! Definitely!

What a great idea with those metal rails .... perfect for the thin birdhouses! And they don't look like metal in the picture, look like wood to me. ~tenderlee

    Bookmark   May 9, 2009 at 2:40PM
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Purplemoon

Delightful, Jeanne! Bet they sell fast. You are so creative and full of cute ideas.

hugs, Karen

    Bookmark   May 10, 2009 at 12:19AM
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luna_llena_feliz

Love your birdhouses, JeanneS! And these can even be seen at night. I bet they would look cute in a garden at night. So when and where is this farmer's market?

    Bookmark   May 10, 2009 at 1:22AM
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kblake1985(6A)

LOVE them! The would be perfect in the moon garden I am wanting to make. GREAT job!

    Bookmark   May 10, 2009 at 8:59AM
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concretenprimroses(4B NH)

Soo Jeanne! Was the market this weekend? How did it go? Inquiring minds etc.
kathy

    Bookmark   May 10, 2009 at 7:57PM
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luckygal(3b)

Very pretty "junque". I'd love some of those in my garden. Another thing to add to the to-do list!

    Bookmark   May 10, 2009 at 8:59PM
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jeannespines

Thanks, everyone...we had fun making these "starlight" garden stakes...to answer your questions:

We put $10 on them...don't know if that is too high or not...figure we have about $3 in them...so will see.

FM was pretty slow (the first one yesterday of the season)...it was cold, windy & just not a nice day. We didn't sell any of these "starlighters" but we did sell a few recycled t.v. antenna "mini-deco bdhse" that my DH made from scrap wood & a broken tree branch (see below)...we'll try the "starlighters" a few more wks when more people come browsing

You know, with HD TV and satellite dish, we no longer needed an antenna...so DH took it apart...cut some small logs off a branch & scraps for roof...I drilled a small hole & glued in a bit of pot liner stuff on front & glued pcs. tog....tah dah! (these sold at $4 ea)

nana...the green fence stakes fit inside the white metal rails (each 5/8")...DH pounded them in a bit.

concrete...for wood rails, my DH drills a hole & then adds a metal rod...that way, the wood rail is out of the dirt!

Thanks, GJers, for your comments! Jeanne S.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2009 at 9:24PM
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Marlene Kindred

What cute ideas Jeanne~
Love the starlight garden stakes and the smaller ones too! You are just a birder's delight!

    Bookmark   May 11, 2009 at 10:47AM
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luvstocraft

Like the little antenna birdhouses too! What a cute idea! You and your DH are very creative--and energetic! Drilling a hole and inserting a metal rod is a great idea--will sure make them last longer. Luvs

    Bookmark   May 11, 2009 at 11:29AM
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jitterbug4756(zone 8)

How cute & how green both of those ideas are. I love the way everyone on here uses recycled stuff to make such wonderful creations.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2009 at 1:17PM
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grandmathyme

What a great idea! I'm sure the weather and it being the first FM of the season had a lot to do with slow sales. these are so darned cute, I can't imagine them not selling! There are so many places you could "plant" one of them!

    Bookmark   March 27, 2010 at 2:39AM
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kathyjb(8)

You mean those spindles are really metal? How wonderful. I have some wooden ones I want to use, but need to go back and find out what to treat them with so the termites don't get to them.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2010 at 12:47PM
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