How to Make a Garden Ornament

Use recycled materials to make a garden buddy that will not only add a fun touch to your outdoor space, but it'll also help keep birds away from your budding plants.

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4. Make the Body

Make the body by putting holes in opposite sides of a plastic bottle near the bottom. Insert a length of coat-hanger wire through them, looping to secure at each end. The legs will hang from this. Do the same to attach the arms higher up the body.

Body of Garden Buddy Made from Plastic ContainersEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

5. Add the Head and Facial Details

Use a plastic flowerpot for the figure's head. Then, glue on bottle caps for the eyes and nose. A strip of foil will make nice shiny teeth, and string works well for the hair.

Garden BuddyEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

6. Add Old CDs

Consider old CDs as part of your design. They make shimmering reflections that will discourage hungry birds, so tuck a few of them inside your figure's body.

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Excerpted from Ready, Set, Grow! by DK Books

2010

Dorling Kindersley

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