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« on: February 13, 2013 08:14:40 AM »

Hi craftsters...

I'm looking for some definitely crafty help figuring out what to do with these cute little owls.  They're terra-cotta, and were supposed to be plant feeders.  Unfortunately, the glaze that was used on them keeps them from being used as plant feeders, they're (mostly) water tight.  They're approximately 6" tall and 2.5" diameter, with holes in the top around 1".   

Thoughts on what they could be used for/what one could do with them? 

ie: vases (although some of them aren't 100% water tight), add a candle for cute walkway luminaries...it's that pointy base that throws me off!   

« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2013 12:28:57 PM »

Sink them into the soil near a garden and use them to keep the hose from sliding through your flowers.  Attach a metal tent stake to them first if you want to keep the tail up off the ground.
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2013 06:12:06 PM »

epoxy them onto something--a vase, maybe--and use as candleholders.
Or maybe around the rim of a plant pot.  Honor their original intention, even if it doesn't work!

Actually, you might be able to sand off the glaze on the pointy parts so they can water plants after all.

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« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2013 04:50:01 PM »

I like the pathway lights idea. I would spray paint each one a different bright colour and epoxy an empty baby food jar on top. Spray paint the baby food jar lid the same colour. Put an LED tea light into the jars.

If you don't like the bright colours, then spray paint them a dark colour like black and then rub a jade colour over it to bring out the details.

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« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2013 02:55:44 AM »

After brainstorming for a bit here's what I've got for ya. Smiley You could try to turn them into [fridge, locker, file cabinet] magnets or fill the holes and attach a hook to the top for an ornament. Another thought to roll around would be to try to adhere thin cork board sheet to the pointy bottom tail part to create a bottle stopper (I would try to use it for my bath powder/salt bottles). If you're still interesting in using them in the garden, fill the hole to hold a label to use as a plant marker. I'm not sure if these could work as golf tees but I think that'd be pretty cool to do. Also I'm unsure how deep the hole is but you can try to make holders out of these (for a set of crochet hooks for example). I'm not sure what it's called exactly but you can always color them and glue them to a branch to create a sort of centerpiece or like go for the decorated shadow box effect.

Hope this helped or at least got your thinking juices flowing!

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