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Yard & Garden Decorations
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May 2002

© Copyright 2002 by AOK Corral Craft and Gift Bazaar All rights reserved.
These projects are for your personal use only and may not be republished or copied.


Materials Needed:
  • Wood Doweling - 1/2" diameter
  • Large Craft Sticks (Large size popsicle sticks.)
  • 1" Wooden Cubes
  • 1 1/2" diameter, Flat Wooden Circles
  • Small wooden egg shape halves
  • Acrylic Paints
  • Paint brushes
  • Clear Acrylic Sealer
  • Contact Cement (no water based)
  • Wood Pruners
  • Drill
  • Drill bits - 1/2" diameter
  • Clamp Tool (recommended)
  • Miscellaneous wood birdhouses or other shapes.

Project Instructions:

  1. Drill a hole into a 1" wooden cube about 1/2" deep. We recommend that you use a clamp tool to hold your wood cube while drilling the hole to prevent injury. (For birdhouse or other ready-made wood shapes, drill a hole into the bottom of the decoration 1/2" to 1" deep.)
  2. Set the cube aside.
  3. Cut 4 large craft sticks in half with the wood pruners for each flower you will make. If the wood pruner does not cut through the wood, just make a good crease and then snap the stick in half.
  4. Then cut the corners off.
  5. Paint each side of the craft sticks, "petals", one at a time.
  6. After the paint dries, use a fine tip black marker to make little 1/8" marks around the petal's edge to give it the "stitched" look. (optional)
  7. Lay your wooden cube out with the drilled hole facing you.
  8. Using contact cement, attach four of the "petals", each one across from another, to the side of the cube that is just above the hole. Let dry.
  9. Attach another four "petals" on top of the first four, each one across from another, and placed between the other petals. Let dry. (see photo)
  10. Paint the flat wooden circle and then glue it to the center of your flower.
  11. Paint the small wooden egg shape halves to look like lady bugs and then glue them somewhere on the flower.
  12. For the birdhouse or other shapes, paint as desired.
  13. Cut the doweling to your desired length and paint the doweling for the flowers green.
  14. Put a small amount of contact cement on the end of the doweling and put it in the cube hole behind the flower. Let dry.
  15. For the birdhouse or other shapes, put a small amount of contact cement on the end of the doweling and put it in the hole that you made on the bottom of the birdhouse.
  16. Spray the entire flower (or birdhouse) with several coats of clear acrylic sealer so that it can be put outside.


Done!
Have Fun Decorating Your Yard!

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