The finial is a cheap resin piece that I found at a thrift store for $1.99. It was an ugly green, but I liked the shape. I spray-painted it with some fleck stone paint and then gave it a coat of Rustoleum's Heirloom White. Then I simply distressed it a bit with sandpaper. I think it looks cool now!
The sphere is just a styrofoam ball to which I hot-glued preserved sheet moss. My WalMart now carries packages of sheet moss for a very reasonable price; it's in the craft/floral section.
With the same package of sheet moss, I created these cute little birdhouses. The larger one is from Dollar Tree; the tiny one is from Target's One Spot. I spray-painted both of them Heirloom White, glued moss to the roofs, and trimmed the moss with scissors. Super-easy!
The ivy plant is potted in an "aged" terra cotta pot that I made myself. You can read the tutorial for the pots here. The outdoor lamp I've had for years and years.
My screened porch is a continual work in progress, but I'm happy with this tabletop now--with less than $8.00 and some spray paint from my stash, I think I've created a serene little scene. Since our porches get a lot of use, I love to decorate them with elements that aren't too precious. If one of these things breaks, there will be no weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Do you decorate outdoor spaces? Do you have any ideas for pretty, inexpensive accessories? Please share!
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