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Name: Sally
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Sossman
Jul 25, 2011 8:22 AM CST
Thanks everyone. Smiling I've made a few other garden stepping stones, some garden dangles and windchimes but my favorite things that I make are the toad homes. Here are a few of them.
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Bubbles
Jul 25, 2011 8:23 AM CST
Those are too cute!!!
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plantladylin
Jul 25, 2011 8:28 AM CST
Those are just adorable!
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Ridesredmule
Jul 25, 2011 8:34 AM CST
Can you give us a tutorial on the toad house??? Sally??? those are so cute....
Name: Sally
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Sossman
Jul 25, 2011 8:39 AM CST
The toadhomes are very basic but cutting the door is a pain.

These are made with a 4" terracotta pot, the saucer for it, and a tiny craft terracotta pot for the chimney.

I cut the door using my dremel tool.....that was the most time consuming part of it. If you soak the pot overnight in water, it makes cutting a bit easier.

Once the door is cut, I spray painted the pieces with exterior paint. Once dry, assemble and glue together. I used Goop as my glue.

I decorated the pots with rub on transfers, then added a few coats of clear acrylic to seal them.

Place them out in the garden where you hope to get a family of frogs, toads or, as in my case, the occasional lizard. Smiling Let me know if any of the instructions aren't clear enough.
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goldfinch4
Jul 25, 2011 8:47 AM CST
Sally they're all so cute. That stepping stone is such a wonderful idea for the little critters!
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Jul 25, 2011 9:16 AM CST
Those toad houses are terrific, great job and great colors.
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plantladylin
Jul 25, 2011 9:34 AM CST
Yep, those "Toad Abodes" are absolutely adorable! I sure wish I had the talent for such creativity. Alas, I don't have steady hands, can't even draw a straight line much less paint! I even tried stenciling once and managed to mess that up. Rolling on the floor laughing Guess my Toad Abodes will have to just remain undecorated broken terra cotta pots.

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vic
Jul 25, 2011 10:30 AM CST

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Oh, I LOVE all these new photos!! Hurray! Hurray!

Thank you so much for sharing them.... Thumbs up

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Boopaints
Jul 25, 2011 11:29 AM CST

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I am loving these little houses Sally! We're so happy you found us! Hurray! I'm going to have to make one. I think I will just paint my door...I don't have the cutting tools.
I split your thread Sally...I wanted these to have some better exposure!

Boo............running off to find some flower pots!
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Jul 25, 2011 11:54 AM CST

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Thank you for the new thread Becky Thumbs up
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Robynznest
Jul 25, 2011 12:44 PM CST
Great houses, I had one at the other house and when I took it over to be put on the truck someone knocked it over and broke it big time. Now it's at the bottom of Xena's feet. It was a pot that had a broken area out of it, but the toads still used it. Did you use the cutting bit or the grinding bit?
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Name: Sally
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Sossman
Jul 25, 2011 1:23 PM CST
I used the tile cutting bit. First I took a pill bottle of the proper size to draw the door out (I'm not real good with free form). Then, after soaking the pot over night, I first scored the line and then just started cutting. I used the same bit to smooth out the edges once i got the door cut out.....don't want those little guys to hurt themselves going in or out??? :)

Here's a picture of another one I did.
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Boopaints
Jul 25, 2011 1:26 PM CST

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Oh my gosh....so adorable!

I live currently in an apartment with a studio-office and a bedroom. Oh and the other rooms you need to live in. Rolling on the floor laughing But I don't think the toads will hop up to my balcony so I guess painting will be okay until I finish school and buy a small home again. I could then have someone cut it out.

Is that a real frog? it looks real to me. Do you ever get started when something comes out of the door?
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Name: Sally
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Sossman
Jul 25, 2011 1:56 PM CST
He's not a real frog, just a little ceramic one I picked up for demonstrations when I sell them. I did get startled just this morning when I had to move one of the houses out by my pond. We were putting an arch up over the garden pond and the toad home was in the way. I picked it up and a lizard ran out! After my heart quit racing, I felt quite proud that something was actually making use of them. :)
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Jul 25, 2011 2:19 PM CST

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Rolling on the floor laughing Well, I think they are adorable!
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Jul 25, 2011 2:26 PM CST

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That is darling! Thumbs up
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1AnjL
Jul 25, 2011 6:26 PM CST
I agree adorable! no frogs here tho Sad might still make one just in case a lost froggie needs some overnight lodging Whistling
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Jul 25, 2011 6:27 PM CST

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I think a painted door will keep critters out of my flower pot house!
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Samigal
Jul 25, 2011 10:37 PM CST
I just love those toad houses, no frogs or toads here either, but I've seen a few lizards. Maybe I should just paint the door as Boo said she would do, don't have to have a panic attack if "something" runs out. Smiling Ah, now I've caught on to some of the cute paintings, transfers. I may have to do this project too, I just don't have enough time left to do everything. So glad Dave started this site, so in love with it already. Hurray!

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