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We’ve been working really hard on our backyard this year and I’ll tell you something, I’m pretty much over it! But, thank goodness it’s just about there. If you’ve read any of my blog posts, then you know we’ve completed several big and small projects since spring including a fairy garden for Macie, a pallet air conditioner cover, a concrete patio extension, a DIY teacup bird feeder and a raised garden bed.
Sadly, as much time as we’ve spent on our yard, between projects and planting, we’ve also lost a few trees from the years of neglect before we moved in last year. So, what to do with a giant tree stump that we really don’t want to dig up? Well, my clever husband came up with the idea of a birdbath since we already had a water line running to the tree. Are you sensing that we have a lot of birds around here? Seriously, we go through so much bird food. But totally worth it for shots like this.
We happened to have this baby sized fire pit that I bought at the end of the summer last year for like $15. It was really just something for Macie to roast marshmallows with her cousin one night and we haven’t used it since so we decided to use the bowl from that fire pit. We bought a large bolt to attach the bowl to the stump and drilled a hole in the bottom of the bowl. We then sprayed it gold with a light blue spray over it (I let the gold show through a little) and covered it with a polyacrylic spray. I stole a gnome from Macie’s fairy garden (shhhh) and spray painted that as well and drilled a hole in the top.
My husband then ran the water line up the back of the tree stump tacking it down with coaxial clips. He attached the bowl to the tree stump using the bolt and ran the water line up through a second small hole drilled into the bowl. We put silicone around all the holes and water line and waited 24 hours for it to dry. Once dry, we ran the water line up through the gnome and attached a small sprinkler head to the top. We used rocks to fill the bowl and to raise the gnome higher since the bowl is fairly deep. And voila!
The water now runs with our sprinkler system so it will always be fresh! We also plan to plant flowers around the base of the tree so that the water that runs out of the bowl with water them. It came out super cute and proud of my hubby’s great idea!
Materials used for this project:
- Fire Pit Bowl
- Garden Gnome
- Sprinkler Line
- Sprinkler Head
- Bolt and Washer
- Coaxial Clips
- Spray Paint
- Tree Stump!