ic Kathe With an E: Garden Totem

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Garden Totem

Awhile back, Cynthia, my dear blogging buddy from Feeding Big, asked me if I would like to join her and several other fine bloggers in a Summer Outdoor Art Fest to share some of our yard art creations.  I was all like, Who me? Oh heck I said yes!  You know how I like to decorate the yard and garden with fun DIY crafts etc. that I come with. Like when I decorated the fence or the garden art I made last year...yep!  Count me in Cynthia!

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For the first month I thought I'd share a piece of glass yard art I made waaaaaay back before I started blogging. 
Kathe With An ~ E Glass Yard Art
Before I found out about blogs, I was hanging out with some creative folks at a Garden Junk Forum. When I saw posts and photos about making garden totems I was intrigued and decided to give it a try.  This was by far my favorite one I made. I even named it, Under The Sea.  
Kathe With An ~ E Glass Yard Art
All of the materials to make a garden totem can come inexpensively from the thrift store, your stash and even Dollar stores. You can use glass bowls and plates, decorative vases, whatever suits your fancy really. The plates and vases I used came from Denver thrift stores and the stones are from the Dollar Tree. 
Kathe With An ~ E Glass Yard Art
I even found the glass fish at the thrift.  He and the blue vases were my inspiration.  He is even encapsulated in a fish bowl! (and yes, he, could be a she, but he just looks like a he, to me)
Kathe With An ~ E Glass Yard Art
I glued some of the clear and blue stones inside and around the outside of the bowl along the blue dish.  Make sure all of your pieces are really clean and dry before you start gluing them together.
The glue I used is E6000 and can be found at any craft store.
Kathe With An ~ E Glass Yard Art
I find it easier to glue one section at a time and let it dry completely before moving on to the next section.  That means it can take a few days to put one of these together but, trust me, you need to be patient when creating your totem.  Also, make sure you glue a sturdy plate at the bottom. It allows you to semi-bury your totem and it will not blow over. 

Creating totems can be so much fun.  I have seen simple, yet lovely, small totems as well as totems that became outdoor end tables! The possibilities are endless.  

Now, go on and head on over to your thrift store and wander the aisles and see if you don't discover so many materials you can used to create your own lovely garden art!

Oh, but before you do, go check out the other fun Yard Art Ladies to see what they came up with this month!



Cynthia at Feeding Big
Christine at Rustic & Refined
Heather at New House New Home


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20 comments:

  1. Love your garden totem!! and I bet the birds love it too. What a great pop of beautiful color....

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  2. This is so pretty! Great idea Kathe! Sharing :)

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  3. I love it! My "totem" is a bronze frog sculpture that was a gift from my brother and sister-in-law years ago.

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  4. I wanna make a garden totem!!! Love the colors and so jealous of your fish, HE rocks!!

    Hugs my Friend!

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  5. Lovely idea Kathe. Love the colors !!

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  6. Very pretty and a great way to add subtle color to a garden.

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  7. Cute Idea. I have a bunch of stuff I could use. It could be a good activity to do with bigger kids (I have two). Do you have an edible garden or an ornamental garden? We haven't been able to get into gardening despite the fact that I love veggies and growing stuff. It seems like just one more thing to be worried about. Maybe when the kids fly the coop. =) Blessings~

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  8. I keep saying I want to make one of these garden totems!!

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  9. I love it! Really cute idea ~ and I just love the bright colors.

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  10. Kathe, this is really cute and now you have my brains wheels turning of all the things I could use... love it and thanks for the inspiration... Cathy

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  11. Very cool project. Great work Kathe.

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  12. That turned out so cool Kathe! Thanx so much for sharing at THT. Please add alink to the ctual post when you get a chance. Thanx!:)

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  13. Love your garden totem. Looks great in your garden.
    Bev

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  14. Beautiful. I also made a few of my own. The fun was in finding the stuff to do it. It became very expensive because I kept finding treasures
    Janice

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  15. When I get moved, definetly doing one of those totems. I found enough stuff in the garage!!!!!

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  16. What a fun idea! Pinned! Thanks for being a part of our party. Please join us tonight at 7 pm. We love having you! http://loulougirls.blogspot.com
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

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