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Crafty Beggars Julie Peasgood and Wendy Turner Webster have lots of ideas to spruce up your garden
Pom Pom Plant and Flowers
I made a giant green pom pom to create the plant in the silver pot, and decorated it with tiny yellow pom poms mounted on white felt bases to make daisies. I also loved making these petal pom poms in the pink pot from cupcake cases – I got the idea from one of the many pom pom making books that Create and Craft stock. I simply folded them, secured them with thread, and then twisted them into shape.
These Boots Are Made For Planting...
I was inspired by the great Nancy Sinatra oldies as I planted up my Goddaughter Alice's little leather boots – because I had always liked them so much, her mum gave them to me when she had outgrown them. Alice is now a gorgeous 25-year-old, and every year her boots have housed pansies, alyssum, impatiens and even nasturtiums.
Cherry Blossom Watering Can
I like using a watering can to refresh Alice's little boots and any other delicate window boxes or seedlings. This plastic watering can came from Poundland and I decoupaged it with some pretty Japanese-style paper from Decopatch – I love the summery combination of red and blue. And luckily the Decopatch glue/varnish that I used also happens to be waterproof.
From Frog Pauper to Prince
This garden ornament had definitely seen better days and it took a good deal of washing to clean off all the ingrained mud. But even after a thorough clean my frog looked rather worse for wear. Enter a pile of napkins and some glue, and a rather enjoyable afternoon sticking pieces of the aforementioned napkins onto the ceramic body of the frog!
A Cracking Idea for a Plant Pot
Large terracotta plant pots don’t come cheap, and if you have one that breaks, don't throw it on the scrapheap. As you can see from the picture you can give a broken plant pot a new lease on life by being creative with the broken pieces and some carefully placed plants. If you have not broken any plant pots recently and it is a project you fancy trying, then visit your local garden centre. If you smile nicely and explain your mission, they will usually give you any broken pot they happen to have free of charge.