My garden has been planted and I’m now in the “maintenance” mode until harvest time. I’ll be watching for pests, watering, weeding, and fertilizing until it is time to harvest. I love to repurpose my junk finds in the garden, and found that I had some time over the holiday weekend to make this easy galvanized tub garden craft. Using repurposed items in the garden has been a longtime hobby of mine, and I was feeling “crafty”.
This old galvanized tub has been hanging on the side of my shed since I relocated the hosta that were planted in it to the front garden bed. I cleaned the bottom and brought it in the house to paint a sunflower on the bottom.
I drew a circle on the bottom using the lid to a container.
Next, I cut a template for the petal out of a piece of junk mail and traced it with a sharpie around the circle overlapping them at varying heights.
I painted the circle brown, and the petals yellow using craft paints that can be used indoors or outside. Since this galvanized tub will be hung on the side of my shed, I wanted to be sure and use paints approved for outdoor use. The petals required two coats.
After the circle and petals had dried, I went back with a lighter yellow to create shadows, and a lighter brown to add contrast. I used a stiff brush to “dab” the circle with black and white to create the seeds.
And this is how it looks on the side of my shed. It brightens up the compost area!
Both of these books are on my office bookshelves and have great ideas for using flea market finds in the garden. There are a lot of choices for acrylic paints to choose from and the ones shown are good for multiple surfaces. I purchased mine from a local Michaels store, but if you are shopping on Amazon, you may want to consider these. Various brush sizes will allow you to paint larger areas as well as outline or get into corners.
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