Bringing the Indoors out

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Project by XploreOrganics posted 07-14-2008 04:51 PM 2755 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sometimes the most simple thing can make an entry more inviting. A simple vase from indoors filled with chive blossoms makes a dreary corner a little more noticeable.

Vase of Chives

For something a little more complicated, we had a pair of ugly lamps, one was twisted and broken and DH decided to use the cord for something else, so it has been sitting in our basement for about 3 years, twisted and ugly. I was watching the little birds bathing in a mud puddle and decided it was time to buy a birdbath.

Looking at the old tattered lamp I thought, hey…I could recycle this into a beautiful bath for the birds. Picture 1 shows the sister lamp (how the old one looked in its original state). Picture 2 shows the bulb and casing inside the “bowl” of the new birdbath and picture 3 shows everything disassembled ready to be reassembled into the new creation.

Lamp to birdbath

I simply removed the middle two segments of the pole lamp and removed the light and stickers from inside the bowl. I was left with a bowl with a small hole and a nut showing as well as a wooden pole with a smaller hole. I drilled out the hole to make it bigger, placed the bowl on top and filled the hole with some pure silicone to prevent water leaks.

Now I have an ugly knob in the middle of the bowl…I searched the house for something to cover it and found and old glass tealight candle holder which when turned upside-down makes a beautiful glass cone that reflects the sunlight as well as acts as a sundial within the new birdbath.

I hope you like my creation…even more so, I hope the birdies appreciate it.

Finished Bath

-- Xploreorganics, 5b Canada, LFD 06-20

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posted 07-14-2008 05:10 PM

Very nice. I like the clean lines of that set.

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posted 07-14-2008 06:27 PM

Hmmmmm, very nice and a GREAT use of an old lamp!!! Very imaginative!!
And I also like the simplicity of the beautiful chives in your entrance way.
Nice entries XO!!

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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posted 07-14-2008 06:52 PM

well isn’t that smart!!!!
ingenious! And beautiful as well.
Fantastic idea.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Colleen Vanderlinden

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posted 07-15-2008 05:44 AM

The lamp birdbath is ingenious. And I love the clean, modern lines of the finished project. Great idea!

-- Colleen,,

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posted 07-15-2008 07:49 AM

Nice job Colleen.The bird bath looks great.Hope the feathered friends appreciate all you went through for them.Chives look good too.

-- Bon,Hastings, 5a....Always room for one more

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posted 07-16-2008 10:32 PM

Oooops.Sorry X.I must of been half asleep when I posted that comment.I know Colleen didn’t do them. :-)

-- Bon,Hastings, 5a....Always room for one more

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posted 07-23-2008 09:50 AM

Very nice, indeed. I am a great believer in recycling. You should see some of the old lamps I’ve “reinvented”. LOL I really like what you have created.

... and the chives do look good. :)

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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posted 09-30-2008 05:17 PM

I love your birdbath creation. I’m always trying to turn old items into something useful or decorative for the garden.

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