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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

A Project and a Giveaway!

A few months ago I reviewed a book of cool garden projects that anyone can make, often with stuff you probably already have on hand in your garage or shed or basement: Handmade Garden Projects by Lorene Edwards Forkner. In my review, I mentioned that I wanted to make one of the projects she demonstrated in the book -- an Old World water feature. (Keep reading to find out how you can win a copy of Lorene's book). Read my review here.

Lorene's version

Well, today I made it!

Here's mine!

I've been hunting down the parts I needed for it for a while, and finally found them all. It requires a pot without a hole, which is not an easy thing to find, at least not cheaply. I've been going to thrift stores and junk shops for a while, but I eventually found what I wanted at Marshall's. Then I needed to find a plate that would not only go with the colors in the pot, but would also fit the opening, which also wasn't easy, because it needed to be bigger than a regular dinner plate. Found the right one at a thrift store, for about 3 dollars. Lorene recommended using a plant stand to support the plate, but that was also not an easy find. Finally, at Target, I found a wire candle holder that would work.

Wire candle holder to support plate

The pump and the PVC tubing came from Amazon.

I ordered both the pump (a Little Giant submersible PES100, with a flow of 95 gallons per hour) and the tubing (1/2 inch flexible PVC) from Amazon. The pump cost $34.64 (by far the highest cost of the project), and the tubing was $8.08 for 20 feet (I had plenty left over).

I inserted the candle holder into the pot, and weighed it down with a couple of rocks. Then I filled the pot with water, inserted my pump, and threaded the flexible tubing and electrical cord up beside the edge of the plate, and over, and then held the pipe down with more rocks. Once I knew how long I needed the pipe to be, I cut it off, plugged in the pump, and away she went!

The final touch was a cute little ceramic bird, sitting in the water.

It sits by the front door, surrounded by pots planted up with a variety of leaf shapes and flowers.

Mine is smaller, and a little more Cute Cottage Garden than Old World, but that fits my garden well. And it still makes the same tinkly sound.

Now, you can win a copy of Lorene's book from Timber Press (complete with much better directions for how to make this water feature). All you have to do is leave a comment here (please make sure there is a way for me to notify you if you win). In addition, you can share my post on Facebook (if you leave a comment AND share the post, you get two chances to win!). I'll put the names in a garden pot and let Nigel pull out the winner (I know he'll enjoy virtually grabbing one of you!) You have until midnight Pacific Time on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 to enter.

This post is part of a virtual book tour, sponsored by Timber Press. If you visit the other blogs on the tour, you might find more chances to win, as well as others who have made cool projects from the book.

Visit these other blogs for more chances to win!

To see more pictures of Lorene's garden and other projects, please visit my post Handmade Perfecto Funkadelic Fling from last summer's Fling.


  1. What a great giveaway! Your project sure turned out nice and such a welcome to visitors that come to your door and you coming home too! Please put my name in..I'd be thrilled to win this book! xo

  2. Very cool! Thank you for the opportunity for a chance to win the book. Timber press books are awesome. Enjoyed your how-to and tour too.

  3. Love the little bird in the fountain! Great project Alison, love it.

  4. Your fountain turned out great! I love the sound it makes. The bird is too cute.

  5. Fountains are a must in a garden. Hopefully, I can put one in my front yard soon. I love the little bird you put in the fountain.
    Thank you for the chance to win this book.

  6. What a fun project. I love fountains in the garden! And, that is the greatest little bird.

  7. That book looks like something up my grandma's ally. She is always doing things like that. Also, love your fountain, especially the little bird. Cute!

  8. That is super cute! I love the little bird you added. Isn't it funny how the projects that seem so easy turn out to be more difficult and expensive than you plan? I've had a few of those myself! This looks like a great book, I'd love to win it.


  9. Is this open to Australian readers? If so count me in! I love your little water feature, and the ceramic bird is a great touch. I would love to put a water feature in somewhere, and this might just find a place somewhere in my garden.

  10. Nothing goes together better than gardens and flea market finds!Love to repurpose items for the gaden.

  11. Great job on the fountain project!!! Thanks for the kind words about Handmade Garden Projects.


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