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DIY Rose Clock Garden Craft

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The DIY "rose clock" craft project I made for the Home & Family show recently was particularly special; it featured flowers and the menu from a gala event we all attended!

The red carpet event was hosted by Crown Media, owners of the Hallmark Channel. They invited all the cast members from their shows.

 

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Photo by Jeremy Lee © Crown Media Family Networks

 

Cast members and executives of the Home & Family Show on the Hallmark Channel standing left to right (front row): Jeanette Pavini, Shirley Bovshow, Susan Sheryako, Marty Tenney, Mark Steines, Cristina Ferrare, Kym Douglas, Sophie Uliano

Back row, left to right: Debbie Matenopoulis, Laura Nativo, Woody Fraser, Dr. Jeanette Levenstein, Matt Iseman, Fabio Viviani, Matt Rogers and Kenneth Wingard.

 

I got to dress up and socialize with my Home & Family brothers and sisters over a delicious dinner!

 

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When I saw the rose menu on the table and the gorgeous pink roses, I knew I wanted to create something special from them to remember the event.

As a fan of functional art, I decided to make a clock using these elements and it couldn't have been easier.

 

Take a look at how I made it.

 

 

MATERIALS FOR DIY ROSE CLOCK :

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Menu from the TCA dinner

 

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Dried or preserved flowers

 

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Clock kit

Hot Glue

 

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Cake Round for base (could also use foam board)

Drill or round screwdriver to bore hole through cardboard cake round

 

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Mod Podge

 

 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR MAKING DIY ROSE CLOCK:

 

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Start by making the clock face or base.

In this case, I glued the menu from my special event to the cake round and added a coat or two of Mod Podge.

I used the extra small white pearls as an accent.

 

Now, we’re going to make the clock.

 

 

DIRECTIONS FOR CLOCK BASE

 

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Drill the hole for the clock stem and attach the clock mechanism to the back of the board by inserting the clock shaft through the hole.

 

 

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Diagram for clock movement installation.

 

I preserved the roses.

You can hang them to dry or press them in a book.

I preserved these in silica gel.

 

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Bury the flower in the gel and microwave it for 1 minute.

 

Final steps:

Preserve or dry your flowers in advance.

Brush or spray Mod Podge on the flowers to prevent crumbling.

Using a hot glue gun, position the flowers where you want them. 

Add a battery to the clock kit and adjust the time.

 

Rotate the dial in the back of the clock kit and advance to each hour.

Mark on the face of the clock where the hour hand lands for each hour you rotate and glue your number to face.

This way, you place the numbers on the hour!

 

 

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Keep all decorations clear of the path of the clock hands

Large theme clocks are very on trend.

A 16 inch clock can cost from $60 – $100

 

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I experimented with different clock face backgrounds.

This one has gold and white tissue paper, but it didn't make it to the final design.

 

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Do you like this background paper and placement of roses, or is it too busy?

 

MATERIAL COSTS:

Clock Mechanism $10 

Base board $2

Silica Gel $11

Muffin cups $5

DIY Preserve Event Clock Under $30

 

PHOTOS OF SHIRLEY BOVSHOW'S DRIED ROSE CLOCK AS SEEN ON HOME & FAMILY SHOW!

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Shirley with Mark and Cristina and guest, Pamela Bellwood of "Dynasty."

 

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I placed my dried roses in muffin cups to protect them from crumbling.

 

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This is the promotion photo I created for the rose clock segment.

I love working with Cristina Ferrare!

 

Photos of Shirley Bovshow, on the Red Carpet, TCA 2015

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Clowning around at the TCA event with Matt Rogers, JJ Levenstein, Laura Nativo, and Matt Iseman

 

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Shirley Bovshow with Fabio Viviani and Laura Nativo.

 

 

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Garden and landscape designer, Shirley Bovshow at TCA 2015 for Crown Media

 

 

Thanks for reading this long blog post!
Isn't it time you made a clock from a cherished momento?

 

Shirley

DIY Vintage Tabletop Christmas Tree From Common Noble Fir

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This year, I was itching for a different look for my Christmas tree.

At first I was thinking I would flock my Christmas tree, (since we always have a green tree), but then, I came across an old illustration of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert with their children around a tabletop Christmas tree circa 1845.

 

"If only I could create a Victorian Christmas tree," I thought

I had a feeling it would make a great TV segment too.

 

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This is the "segment pitch" I sent to my producers on Home & Family for creating a vintage, tabletop Christmas tree.

 

I loved the look of the open branched tiers that created large gaps in between levels so you could see the ornaments well.

An elevated tree is also a practical idea for keeping my dogs away from the Christmas tree.

 

I made a decisio!

This year I would have a "Victorian-style" Christmas tree!

 

The only problem was, I couldn't find any trees that looked like this at any of the tree farms or garden centers.

 

Actually, I did find one source online for "Silver Tip firs," but a 4'-foot tree cost close to $100 dollars!

There were also plenty of fake Christmas trees that could be fashioned to this style by bending branches, but that's not what I wanted.

 

So, as they say, "Need is the mother of invention," and I set off to design my own vintage Christmas tree by custom pruning and cutting a Noble fir tree I bought off the lot.

 

 

SELECTING A CHRISTMAS TREE FOR VINTAGE STYLE

A hallmark of the vintage tree style is to hang, large beautiful ornaments from each level that can be seen in their full glory.

Sturdy tree stems are a must!
 

This ruled out any of the weak-limbed Christmas trees such as Douglas fir or pine.

I set my sights on Noble and Nordmann fir trees which were in good supply in my area.

 

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After finding the perfect Noble fir specimen, I made a design plan and dove in!

 

I presented "Vintage Style Tabletop Christmas Tree From Common Noble Fir" on the Home & Family show where I shared the technique.

 

 

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Landscape and garden designer, Shirley Bovshow demonstrates how to create a vintage tabletop Christmas tree from a common Noble fir to Cristina Ferrare and Mark Steines on Home & Famly show!

 

Below is a loose transcript from the show, detailing the steps for making your own tabletop Christmas tree in the vintage style!

Good luck and please ask questions in the comment section below!

 

 

STYLE ELEMENTS OF VINTAGE CHRISTMAS TREES 

-Christmas tree of all sizes are elevated on table.

-The table has decorative elements in addition to the tree including a silver or porcelien tea pot, gifts, and candles creating a hospitality vignette.

-Christmas tree has a series of odd numbered, evenly spaced, "tiered, horizontal branches" with a visible main trunk.

-Candle style lights instead of string lights since electrical Christmas lights weren't produced until the late 1800's.

-Silver tinsel: in the 1800's, silver tinsel was made from real silver!

 

 

MATERIALS FOR SHAPING VINTAGE CHRISTMAS TREE

-3'-5'-foot Noble fir or other strong branched tree 

-Display table

-Sharp pruners

-Twine

-Brown paint to camouflage cuts in trunk

-Floral wire for connecting branches, closing gaps between branches, and reinforcing branches for heavy ornaments

-Stepping stool

-Wilt Pruf, an anti-dessicant for keeping your Christmas tree fresh for extended period.

 

 

 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR TRIMMING A VINTAGE CHRISTMAS TREE

Before you begin cutting, make sure to set your tree on the display table that you plan to use.

This will give you the proper perspective and vantage point while cutting.

 

Don't place your Christmas tree on the floor unless you plan on displaying it on the floor!   

When a tree is placed on a table, you see the underside of the higher tiers so it's important to see how the trimming looks from below.   

 

1. Place Christmas tree on a lazy susan on top of the table to make trimming easier.

2. Look at tree from all sides and find the best side for the front.

 

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3. Open the branches to locate 4-5 "crotch branches" that radiate from main trunk and make a unified circle tier or "wreath" shape.

 

 

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4. Starting from top, outline your tiers with twine.

5. Step back and review outline, make adjustments.

6. Start trimming extraneous branches outside of your outlined area, starting from top to bottom.

 

 

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7. Clean main trunk of all needles and paint over cut marks on main trunk with brown paint to camoflauge.

 

 

Step back periodically to assess the branch tiers and make sure you cut off branches that are sticking up and above the outlined tier, or hanging below it.

Use green wire metal to troubleshoot and tie branches to close up a gap within a tier and to reinforce weak branches for heavy ornaments.

I always spray my Christmas trees with Wilt-Pruf to keep them looking fresh throughout the holiday season.

 

 

DECORATIONS FOR VINTAGE CHRISTMAS TREE

 

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Start by decorating from inside the tree beginning with large, heavy ornaments working from top to bottom.

 

The Noble fir's branches are strongest near the main trunk and become thinner at the tips.

Remember to step back and look at the balance of all your decorations every few minutes.

 

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Add draping garland in the middle and experiment with different styles.

 

 

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I designed a "chandelier" effect with my pearl and glass garland as well as a "necklace" effect on another level.

 

Place battery-operated candle lights on tips of branches and secure with metal wire.

I found some at Walmart for 1 dollar each.

Placing the candles will be a challenge as they are heavy.

Using 22-guage floral wire, reinforce the stems from underneath where you plan on placing candles.

Add tinsel last using as little or as much as you dare!

 

 

 

Watch my TV segment on Home & Family show, then take a look at the photo gallery below!

 

 

PHOTOS OF SHIRLEY'S VINTAGE TABLETOP CHRISTMAS TREE

Enjoy these photos of the finished Christmas tree as seen on the Home & Family show!

 

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Vintage, Victorian-style tabletop Christmas tree by Shirley Bovshow

 

 

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A beautiful angel tree topper is a perfect fit for this vintage-style Christmas tree.

 

 

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Glitter red bird ornament and swaths of gold ribbon, pearl garland and silver tinsel.

 

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Big, bold red and gold swirled ornament

 

 

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Battery-operated candlestick Christmas tree lights are held in place with wire and gold garland tied around each base.

 

 

 

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Old-fashioned angel statue draped in rich velvet is part of the vintage Christmas tree tabletop vignette.

 

 

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Closeup of gold, red, glass and pearl ornaments.

 

What do you think?
Want to create your own vintage tabletop Christmas tree?

I'm here to help you.

 

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Merry Christmas friends!

Shirley

 

Palm Frond Succulent Container Arrangement

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My latest garden craft uses repurposed palm fronds as containers for succulent plants.

I love the way the containers look and I'm very satisfied with how easy they are to make.

 

Watch the garden segment as seen on Home & Family show with Shirley Bovshow!

 

 

 
If you live in an area where there are no palm trees, you can order the fronds online at crafting stores.
 

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You can also check your indoor mall for palm fronds; many grow palm trees indoors.

 

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In Southern California, the windy season blows many palm fronds to the ground and all I have to do is drive around and pick up my future "container" materials from the street!

 

The rest of the materials are inexpensive, so give this project a try. 

You have nothing to lose!

As seen on the Home & Family show on Hallmark channel.

 

MATERIALS FOR PALM FROND SUCCULENT CONTAINERS

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  • Palm fronds- any shape you like from "boat-like" to flat frond. 
  • sphagnum moss
  • plastic chicken wire
  • metal wire

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  • outdoor grade crafting paint in your favorite color
  • polyurethane sealer-glossy
  • twine
  • copper or steal wool pot scrubber
  • succulent cuttings

I created my palm frond succulent container arrangements for the Home & Family show using succulents from Proven Winners brand, Savvy Succulents.

 

INSTRUCTIONS

 

1. Clean the inside and outside of your palm frond with a copper pot scrubber- works just as well as sand paper!

2. Wipe off dust

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3. Apply 2 coats of outdoor grade paint to outside and seal with polyurethane.

4. Wet the moss until moist but not saturated with water.

 

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5. Cut a piece of plastic chicken wire the length of the inside of the palm frond 'pocket' and wide enough to fold over and fill with moss. Make sure it is small enough to fit inside the pocket or flat area.

 

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6. Close the "chicken wire and moss" burrito with thin gauge wire.

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7. Take succulent cuttings from your garden or from plants bought at garden center. Remove all the soil around roots.

8. Stick the succulent cuttings into the sphagnum moss and use a pencil to help create an opening in the moss.

 

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9. Wrap twine or metal wire around the palm frond and moss to secure it and the cuttings to the frond.

10. Place palm frond container arrangement indoors in bright room, but not in direct sun, or outdoors in covered patio.

 

SHIRLEY BOVSHOW'S POND FROND SUCCULENT CONTAINERS

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Shirley Bovshow, garden lifestyle expert for Home & Family Show on Hallmark channel

with her succulent container arrangement.

 

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Do you  have any questions about making the palm frond succulent containers?

 

 

 

 

 

Outdoor Living & Landscape Design Showcase in Pasadena/La Canada This Weekend!

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If you live in the Los Angeles area and are looking for beautiful landscape design ideas and outdoor living inspiration, I have a recomendation for you!

 

Pacific Outdoor Living, a design/build landscape company in Southern California that I admire,  is hosting their Fall Designer Showcase & Outdoor Living Expo on October 25, 2014 from 9am – 4pm.

This event will feature 5 gorgeous estates in Pasadena and La Canada that were designed by their talented in-house designers.

Two of the homes on this tour are previous Pasadena Showcase House of Design estates.

This tour is self-guided and the landscape designers behind the project will be on site to answer questions regarding their design and to help with any questions you have regarding your own project. 

 

Tickets are $20 for single admission and $30 for family admission (full car).

All ticket sales for this event will benefit the LAPD Cadets Community Youth Program which helps at risk youth learn responsibility and leadership skills.

Learn about the successful cadet program by visiting the LAPD cadet website.

 

 

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit the Pacific Outdoor Living website or call  (818) 244-4000.

 

I've worked with Pacific Outdoor Living and recommend this professional group without reservation.

Go check out their amazing design and construction!

 

Shirley

 

 

 

Halloween Craft: Man-Eating Monster Plant

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One of the easiest Halloween crafts I've ever made has to be the "Man Eating Monster Plant" I presented on the Home & Family show recently.

This  Halloween plant craft is rewarding because it features many repurposed materials that can be found in your yard or garage.

The whimiscal plants look like they are from the cult classic, "Little Shop of Horrors!"

 

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The "Man Eating Monster Plant" was designed by Dave Lowe, the talented art director for the show and is part of his "master Halloween design plan" for the front yard.

When Dave explained the craft to me, I was blown away and responded, "Genius!"

The steps are simple, making the monster plants an ideal family craft to get your kids involved in decorating for Halloween.

 

 

Start to finish, (not including waiting 30 minutes for foam to dry) the project took less than an hour to make.

Once you have the materials for one plant, making another dozen is no big deal.

As a matter of fact, I would put together a group of monster plants in varying heights for the best effect.

 

 

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I was so excited to present this Halloween craft to the audience because the results are very impressive and the plant can be styled in a variety of ways.

You can add skeletons to the display or spiders and skulls.

Make it as mild or macabre as you dare!

 

Watch the video segment of Man-Eating Monster Plants

 

Materials

Tree branch

Flower pot

Spray foam insulation

Artificial pumpkin

Spray or brush-on paint in green or any whimsical color

Silk or faux leaves

Hot glue

Pumpkin carver

Decorative touches such as moss, skeletons, spiders, bones

 

 

Instructions

1. Find a tree branch from your yard with nice branch pattern

2. Find an old flower pot

 

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3. Fill the flower pot with spray foam insulation and wait till it expands and hardens before inserting your tree branch

4. Draw a large, open mouth with sharp teeth along the legnth of your pumpkin. The pumpkin stem should be the back of the head.

5. Cut the mouth with a pumpkin carving blade (remember to hold the pumpkin long ways, so the stem is in the back).

 

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6. Attach the pumpkin head to the top of the tree branch and secure with hot glue.

 

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7. Paint the branches and the outside of the pumpkin with green spray paint.

 

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8. Add leaves to the end of branches and secure with hot glue.

9. Spray the exposed foam insulation with adhesive and top with moss

10. Add your special decorative touches!

 

Experiment with your Halloween decoration and display with pride, indoors or out!

 

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Have any questions for me?

Comment below and please share this Halloween craft with your friends!!

 

Autumn Wreath: Repurposed Corn Stalk From Garden

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The corn harvest  at the "Home & Family" show vegetable garden has ended after an extremely hot summer season in Los Angeles.

We enjoyed a few juicy cobs and now it's time to dig up the brown, sun-dried corn plants and repurpose them in my autumn wreath!

Take a look at how simple and affordable it is to make an autumn wreath from upcycled corn stalk parts. 

 

If you want to learn how to grow corn successfully in a small garden, visit my other blog, Foodie Gardener.

 

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Home and Family vegetable garden and corn patch in September.

 

MATERIALS FOR CORN STALK AUTUMN WREATH

Corn stalk parts cut and separated- tassles, corn husk leaves, old corn cobs left on the stalk

Straw wreath- $3 at Joann's

Twine

Floral pins

Dried flowers, ribbons and other decorative materials

Water bottle to spray materials if dry and brittle

 

 

INSTRUCTIONS

 

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1. Cut cornstalk and separate the tassles, leaves and dried leftover corn cobs into different piles.

 

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2. Bundle 5 to 6 corn leaves of similar size together with twine.

    Make as many bundles as needed to fill the straw wreath as full as you like it to be.

 

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3. Tie leaf bundles around the straw wreath in a clockwise direction.

 

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4.     The first layer of Fall wreath is complete.

        You can add more leaf bundles if you like.

 

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5. Add the corn tassles on top of the corn leaf layer.

   Make the tassle layer as full as you like, adding more layers.

 

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6. Decorate your corn wreath with dried flowers, seedpods, ribbon, and other decorative materials.

 

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Cristina and Mark decorate Shirley's autumn wreath using a glue gun to add dried flowers and ribbon.

 

 

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Shirley stands by her autumn wreath made from repurposed corn stalks from the garden!

 

That is it!

 

Hang your autumn wreath with pride!
If you didn't grow corn, you can purchase corn stalk bundles at your local pumpkin patch for approximately 8 dollars.

You will need 2 corn stalk bundles for a wreath like mine.

 

Have fun and Happy Fall!

 

Watch my Autumn Wreath segment as seen on Home & Family show!

Christmas Tree Watering Pole: Design by Shirley Bovshow

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I enjoy designing beautiful and functional things.

My "Christmas Tree Watering Pole," or "watering stick," is one of them.

 

 

Watch my garden segment on Home & Family show on Hallmark channel featuring my watering stick.

 

Christmas trees are notorious for bad maintenance during the holidays.

Who wants to get on their knees every day to check the water level and fight with the lower branches to reach the tree stand to add water?

Not me, and I bet you don't either!

 

I debuted my design for the "Christmas Tree Watering Pole" on the Home & Family show last year when I presented on Christmas tree tips.

The design was met with a favorable response and many of my viewers wanted to know how I made them.

So, even though I will be selling my watering poles in the near future, as part of my "EdenMaker" line of garden products, I'm going to share the instructions to make them with you,

It isn't rocket science, just one of those clever ideas that you will benefit from every holiday.

 

SHIRLEY'S CHRISTMAS TREE WATERING POLE MATERIALS

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Most of the materials needed for the watering stick are available at your garden or home improvement center and the local dollar store.

  • 4'-foot, 3/4"-inch PVC pipe ( I bought at 10'-foot pipe and had it cut at Home Depot into two, 4'-foot pieces, plus an extra 2'-foot piece)
  • 1 large, white plastic funnel- .99 cents at Dollar Store for a pack of three nested funnels. 
  • Package of "glue tape" for plumbing projects- .99 cents at Dollar Store
  • Red and gold duct tape- Michaels or Joanns 3.50 each
  • Flat, red paint to paint one end of PVC pipe to function as a "dipstick"
  • Scissors
  • Christmas bow and jingle bells for finishing touch!

 

INSTRUCTIONS 

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1. Measure the depth of your Christmas tree stand basin. Usually around 6 or 7"-inches.

 

2. Transfer the measurement to one end of your PVC pipe and mark around pipe and add painter's tape around perimeter.

    This will become your "dipstick" area that will tell you how much water your basin has, without bending down!

 

3. Paint this dipstick area with flat red paint. 

    When end of pipe is placed in water, the paint will darken to reveal how "full" the basin is.

 

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4. Take your funnel and add "glue tape" around the neck of funnel for tight fit into the other end of the PVC pipe.

 

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5. Insert funnel to opposite end of the PVC pipe until secure.

 

6. Cover this funnel joint with red duct tape.

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7. Begin at the top of the pipe and rotate pole and red duct tape to create pinstripes down the face of the pipe.

 

8. Turn tape until you get to the bottom of post.

 

9. Add decorative touches such as bows, ribbons and jingling bells!

 

 

HOW TO USE WATERING STICK

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Dip the painted end into the basin of your Christmas tree stand and take a look at the depth of the water as marked by the darkened paint.

Add water using the funnel and pipe until your "dipstick" reveals the red painted area is all wet to the top.

The watering pole is so pretty, you won't have to hide this watering aid.

Use it like a decoration.

 

Let me know if you end up making a Christmas Tree Watering Stick!

 

 

 

 

 

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