Leaf Birdbaths

imjustsam(6)July 9, 2011

Last fall I started making some birdbaths out of my zucchini leaves. I started with a hosta leaf, but was pretty disappointed with the result. I think they would have been better with giant hosta leaves. Anyway, I spray painted them, but didn't like them too much. This summer I pulled them out to the backyard and started playing with some watered down paints to get into all the cracks and this is the result.

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concretenprimroses(4B NH)

those are awesome sam!
Love the colors. The darker in the veins is beautiful.
Zuchinni leaves is a wonderful idea.
Kathy

    Bookmark   July 9, 2011 at 9:38PM
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luna_llena_feliz

Now those are some leaves I wouldn't rake up! What gorgeous colors and I like the addition of color to accentuate the veins. Great job!

    Bookmark   July 9, 2011 at 11:46PM
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jeannespines

Now you are inspiring, sam! Beautiful watered down colors! And Zucchini leaves! TFS! Jeanne S.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2011 at 11:57PM
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kylslil1(8b)

I LOVE the veins! They are so detailed. I love them! Nice work!

    Bookmark   July 10, 2011 at 1:28AM
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Purplemoon

Those turned out just beautiful! What a great job you did with the painting. WOW.

hugs, Karen

    Bookmark   July 10, 2011 at 1:52AM
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Marlene Kindred

These are beautiful! What great colors!

    Bookmark   July 10, 2011 at 10:25AM
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toomuchglass(5)

Not much to say but --- Just awesome !!!

    Bookmark   July 10, 2011 at 11:34AM
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laurastheme(8)

Those are gorgeous! What mix did you use for the casting?

    Bookmark   July 10, 2011 at 5:21PM
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imjustsam(6)

@ Laura, I went the easiest way possible for the mix. I used a combo of portland cement and all purpose sand. Nothing fancy, just like my cooking, any more than 3 ingredients just gets too hard for me. hahahaha

    Bookmark   July 10, 2011 at 9:59PM
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sunnyca_gw

They will look beautiful anywhere in the garden! Jan

    Bookmark   July 11, 2011 at 2:36AM
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9bark(6 semi-desert)

Gorgeous! The purple one is my favourite!

    Bookmark   July 11, 2011 at 9:39AM
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marylee_2010

Those are absolutely wonderful. I love them all.

Marylee

    Bookmark   July 11, 2011 at 10:40AM
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boston3381(7)

WOW !!

plz look at this sit..is this how you did it??

http://www.squidoo.com/garden-crafts-birdbath

    Bookmark   July 11, 2011 at 1:11PM
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imjustsam(6)

@boston3381, that is pretty much right on how I did it. Mine is not that giant though. Those sunflower leaves were awesome. Like I posted before, I used portland cement instead of the acrylic patch that was suggested on that site. The lighter patch may be a good idea if your leaves are realy huge. Some people used the hypertofu mix as well.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2011 at 4:31PM
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lynnencfan(7b/8aNC)

fantastic - you did a great job both forming them and painting them - it is on my to do list - TFS .....

Lynne

    Bookmark   July 11, 2011 at 10:58PM
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adina72(z5 CNY)

Those came out great!!! I've been making some latex molds so that I can make them in the winter when there are no real leaves available. I am definitely going to add zucchini to my list. - Dottie

    Bookmark   July 13, 2011 at 10:36PM
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jeannespines

I was weeding & mulching today ... & this is my leaf birdbath...a big one...but I bought it some yrs back & leave it outside (cause it is heavy) but I 'flip' it over in the winter. Wanted to show you this because the artist used 'horseshoes' for handles...he also had some reinforcement of the cement in the center bottom.

I also bought these welded kind of 'palm leaves' last yr from the same artist...I love 'em ...birds use this leaf as a birdbath. Jeanne S.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2011 at 10:58PM
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nonacook(8bFL)

I love the leaves!
I first saw them on this wonderful site....

WWW.littleandlewis.com

    Bookmark   July 17, 2011 at 2:33AM
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JeanInWa(5)

Nona, just had to pop in and say I was lucky enough to be able to visit the Little and Lewis garden, and meet these two amazing artists!

Their work is so inspiring!

And, Sam, your leaves are beautiful! Are you the same Sam that came to my "Junk-o-rama near Yelm WA forever years ago?

This post was edited by jeaninwa on Sat, Apr 19, 14 at 22:53

    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 10:51PM
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