DIY Painted Toad Houses for the Garden

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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

diy painted toad houses for the garden in the ground

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SUPPLIES NEEDED:

  • 6 inch clay pot
  • 4.5 inch clay pot
  • matte acrylic or multi-surface craft paint
  • 2 foam paint brushes ~ small and medium
  • artist paint brush
  • cardstock or paper
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • dotting tool
  • spray sealer

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.

supplies needed for the diy garden toad houses

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.

flower pattern for the painted garden toad houses

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 ~ APPLY SEALER

  • Spray a sealer to protect your painted design.
  • This is optional but recommended.

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!

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38 thoughts on “DIY Painted Toad Houses for the Garden”

  1. Allyson, we had a pond put in right by our bedroom window at our old house. One night about this time of year we heard the LOUDEST ‘Screams” in the middle of the night. Turns out it was a group of frogs doing their mating call in unison. This went on for DAYS! Lots of sleepless nights. I had never heard of such a thing. Even the neighbors were calling asking us to keep whatever was in the backyard quiet. Needless to say it took us days but the frogs were relocated down the street to a lake. I like to think both they and us were much happier! lol. I love these toad houses. So pretty and colorful! They would be perfect in a garden!

  2. In our old house we had tree frogs and they kept us up for nights when they were mating. Amazing is doesn’t make you crazy

    Anyway these pots are adorable and it’s great to have you back!

    1. We must not have many males in our ditch as their deep throaty sound is not overbearing. I love the sound ~ call me crazy! Happy you like my toad houses and good to be back after Covid. Thanks!

    1. Thank you, Terrie! They get in the houses to shade themselves from the summer sun, too. Last year, I found some of our toads hiding under our mulch.

  3. These little toad houses are adorable, Allyson. It’s important to take care of all the little critters- noisy or not!

  4. I have never considered little homes for roads!! We have a pond near us and the bullfrogs are very noisy. I imagine the roads stay close to there as I haven’t seen any in our yard! The pots are cute!

    1. Patti, glad you think my toad houses are cute. 🙂 The majority of our toads are in our ditch, but I have seen some in other wet areas in our flower beds. They like to hide under our mulch.

  5. Allyson, these pots for your toads are adorable!!! We had a toad in our house in a 20 gallon tank for 6 years and we enjoyed his antics. 🙂 I have had a very few outdoor ones here at our new home since we’ve moved to Texas and it would be nice to have them stay. The small house I had with pebbles all over it I think got left in California at our last home (I haven’t seen it since).

    Enjoy your cute pots and it’d be fun to make these with my daughter when she comes up to visit,
    Happy hopping with you,
    Barb 🙂

    1. Alexandra, I’m so happy you think my toad houses are cute! They were fun to paint with designs and I hope to find the time to make some more for my flower beds.

  6. So cute! When i was young and lived in Florida, I would make “frog houses” as I called them in the white, moist sand but i used my fist and pounded the sand around my fist and then would pull my fist out slowly and thought the frogs would sleep there that night lol. Your version is cute and more grown-up! Pinned to our Crafty Ways board.

  7. These are so cute Allyson! Just the other night our pup found a toad in our yard. He licked it, and shook his head like YUCK! Maybe they need a house to keep them safe, thank you for your inspiration!

  8. Hello,
    May I use painted plastic pots for the toad shelters! I don’t have any clay pots. Love yours! Thank you for sharing😊

    1. Hi Lisa! I think a plastic pot could also be used as a toad house. I would place it in a shady spot since plastic would probably heat up more than clay pots. I’ve found that I have to use extra coats of paint on a plastic pots, whether using spray or craft. Using a “multi-surface” paint, like Apple Barrel, may solve that problem since it’s thicker. Apple Barrel also makes an “outdoor” paint, but I’ve never invested in it. Regardless of what kind of paint you use, I would spray on an extra coat or two of sealer (outside only) just to be on the safe side since paint on plastic has a tendency to crack/peel off if sealer isn’t used. Have fun painting your pots and thanks for visiting!

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