Outdoor Candle Holder Made from a Birch Trunk

Last week I attended the Nashville Lawn and Garden Show.  I've been very busy planting seeds and getting the garden ready and I haven't had a lot of time to post lately so I thought I would share a few short posts with your from the show that had some clever design ideas that you may want to consider for your garden. Today's design idea would be a very simple project: build a log candle holder for the patio!   The designer of this easy garden project took half of a birch log put holes in it then inserted tea light candles into the holes.  Project complete!  Does it get much simpler?  To make the holes consider buying a hole saw like what I used on my window plant shelf project.  The log candle holder makes a great rustic accent to any outdoor table.    

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A Light post, Bird Feeder Station, and Hanging Basket Stand all in One!

I'm sure you've always been wondering "Where can I find a light post that can double as a bird feeder station and has a spot for hanging baskets too?"  You've come to the right place because I'm going to show you my latest project for Lowe's Creative Ideas.  The challenge this month was "Old and New."  Essentially we had to take something we had lying around and reuse it with a few newer materials.  In my case I had several old decorative posts that used to hold up my parents front porch before they had them replaced.  Some of the posts were rotting on the bottom but had decent wood further up the post.  Worth saving and reusing if possible but couldn't be used to hold up a front porch (Unless you're a hobbit and like short front porches). Our family loves to watch the birds around our garden.  More…

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A Candle Holder for the Garden

A few weeks ago I happened to be in an antique store (I'll bet you didn't see that coming!) when I stumbled across this rusted old candle holder. It was only 5 dollars and I thought that it had some potential. If I cleaned it up and repainted it I could put it on our front porch during the growing season with some LED candles. I haven't added much garden art to the garden as of yet but I thought this would serve to add some light and atmosphere to our front porch. So after a little bit of sanding with steel wool and a coat of metallic paint here's what emerged from the rusted old candle holder: Not too bad for $5 and a can of spray paint! How do you like to add light to your garden?

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The Arbor Project: Sneak Peek 1

Over the next several days (until the voting begins on the Better Homes and Gardens 48 Hour Blog Challenge) I'll be giving small previews of my Arbor project. It's ready to go and I'm very pleased with the result. Here's a first look at one aspect of the arbor: Solar Lights: Solar lights are one of those garden details that not only add detail to a project but safety and convenience as well. The ambiance created by these lights will be perfect for evening summer walks around the gardens while the girls chase lightning bugs.

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