Let’s get colorful and whimsical and create some DIY painted toad houses for the garden!
The toads have already started to serenade us at night and I just love that sound of nature. I didn’t have time to make any toad homes last year, so I got busy this week and completed two.
I look forward to sneaking a peek to see if either of the clay pots will be occupied, especially in the summer when the heat comes and they are in need of some shade.
I remember seeing a mommy and baby near a corner downspout last year, so I’ll be placing my toad homes near that spout and some plants.
DIY PAINTED TOAD HOUSES FOR THE GARDEN
It’s time to join in again with my blogging friends for “10 on the 10th,” where we make a craft that cost $10 or under to share with our readers. The theme this month is Gardening or Outdoors! You’ll find their craft links at the end of this post, so be sure to visit their fun projects. Don’t miss out!
- 6 inch clay pot ~ $1.47 at Home Depot
- 4.5 inch clay pot ~ $.97 at Home Depot
- Apple Barrel craft paint ~ $.54 each at Walmart
- 2 foam paint brushes ~ small and medium
- artist paint brush
- cardstock or paper
- dotting tool ~ optional
- spray sealer ~ optional
INTERESTING TOAD HOUSE INFORMATION:
A toad house is a shelter where toads may lounge, protected from the sun and potential predators.
- Location is key when establishing toad houses. Find a shady spot adjacent to the garden where they can hunt for protein-rich insects or other prey.
- Easy access to water is also important to these garden friends and may be as easy as placing a shallow reservoir nearby.
- Use a trowel to expose bare soil and make sure the house does not rock when bumped.
- A small handful of leaves may be placed inside the house to provide bedding material.
- Via ~ Mick Telkamp ~ HGTV.com
4 STEPS ~ DIY PAINTED TOAD HOUSES FOR THE GARDEN
STEP 1: PAINT THE BASE COLOR
- Use the medium size foam brush to paint the larger pot and the smaller brush for the small pot. Two coats of paint will be needed for both pots.
STEP 2: PLAN THE FLOWER DESIGN
- I drew my own flower pattern, but you can Google “flower coloring pages” and find an easy flower to print on cardstock and cut out to use as a pattern.
- Tape the pattern to the pot and hold in place while tracing.
- I painted a simple circle for the main pattern on the small pot.
STEP 3: DRAW AND PAINT THE DESIGNS
Ya’ll know how crazy I am over polka dots, like when I painted my birdhouse, so I’m using dots again on my toad houses. Love me some polka dots!
LARGE CLAY POT:
- Start painting the base color of the flower light green….let dry.
- Paint yellow petals on the green flower….let dry.
- The yellow paint doesn’t give an opaque color so paint up and down the petal so some paint is in more areas than others.
- Add a turquoise circle in the middle….let dry.
- Paint the center pink and add pink swoops….let dry.
- Use the end of the artist brush or a dotting tool to outline everything in dots.
- Add larger dots in the center of the flower.
SMALL CLAY POT:
- Paint a pink circle in the center.
- Outline the circle with pink dots.
- Add multiple rings of different colors of dots.
STEP 4 ~ OPTIONAL
- Spray a sealer to protect your painted design. Cans cost $4.00 to $5.00.
So what do you think? Won’t these DIY toad houses be fun to paint for your garden? Paint some for your yard or give them as gifts!
MORE OF MY PAINTED OUTDOOR PROJECTS YOU MAKE LIKE:
NOW, SEE MORE GARDENING/OUTDOOR PROJECTS FROM MY BLOGGING FRIENDS!
PATINA AND PAINT ~ Outdoor Coasters
THE APPLE STREET COTTAGE ~ Herb Sign
DECORATE MORE WITH TIP ~ Tablecloth for a Patio Table
CLOCHES & LAVENDER ~ Melamine Plates
PANDORA’S BOX ~ Gardening
FRENCH ETHEREAL ~ Quick Garden Craft Idea
Sharing my painted toad houses at these fabulous blogs!