A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post “Getting Creative With Dead Branches”. It was about how I saw beauty in some branches that were pruned from my sand cherry tree.
The project turned out alright, however it seemed to be missing something. Well a few days went by and then it hit me like a ton of bricks. Last year my friend Amy and I went to the Great Big Home and Garden Expo. All the gardens created were based on movies. I loved the winning garden and Joe would have also.
I would have loved to recreate the garden in my back yard but distressed leather chairs in the yard is not practical. Nor do I want Sentinel’s hanging from the shed or deck awning watching my every move.
However what they did with the trees, even though impossible in my backyard because I have no trees, was easily adaptable to my dead branches.
So without further adieu…here is my finished project (well almost).
Now I know you are saying to yourself ”Spoons?”
Yes my dear readers – I hung spoons from the branches. Now all you movie fans will have figured out by now the winning garden was based on the movie “The Matrix.”
Here is how I created my masterpiece.
- Took an old resin planter,
- Lined it with an old rubber shower mat,
- Put pea gravel in it for weight,
- Used foam circle that fit about 3/4 of the way inside the planter,
- Stuck the branches in the desired pattern,
- Added a little more pea gravel,
- Added Spanish moss on top of the gravel,
- Wrapped twine around the handle of each spoon (Imperial Dominion pattern available at K-Mart for $7)
- Tied to the branches in the desired location,
- Added hot glue to the knots,
- Then applied Spanish moss to the hot glue to help hide the knotted twine,
- Hot glued a little bird I had in the basement to one of the branches,
- Added some medium size rocks from my front flower bed,
- And ta-da! I have my spoon tree.
Ooppss! There is one thing missing.
I found him at the local drug store for $3.99. He was tan but thanks to 2 coats of left-over Behr Premium Plus Ultra Exterior Paint in “Coastal Beige”, he is now white. (This color is what I used for the trim on my shed) He will be placed in the planter when the paint is dry.
The place where I took these pictures is not it’s final location. Not sure where in the yard or on the deck I am going to put it.
Here are some close up pictures.
Words of Wisdom
I leave you with these words of wisdom from the movie. If you have not seen it, you should. It is a classic.
From The Matrix (1999)
Spoon boy: Do not try and bend the spoon. That’s impossible. Instead… only try to realize the truth.
Neo: What truth?
Spoon boy: There is no spoon.
Neo: There is no spoon?
Spoon boy: Then you’ll see, that it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself.
May you bend enough to see the beauty surrounding you.