Friday, May 10, 2013

Strawberry Rocks ~ DIY Friday

Strawberry Rocks to keep the birds out of your patch ~ DIY Friday
Strawberry Rocks have been floating around Pinterest for a while now.  The legend goes if you put these painted rocks next to your strawberry plants before strawberries start to grow you can trick those pesky birds who love to devour these sweet treats.  They spot your big, plump red "strawberries", fly over for a nibble or two, start to peck away and think to themselves "Man! This lady is a terrible gardener!  These strawberries are hard as rocks!!"  They go back with a tweaked-beak and tell all their feathered friends to not bother with your horrible crop this year.

Strawberry Rocks to keep the birds out of your patch ~ DIY Friday
So that's the legend behind my madness of creating my own Strawberry Rocks.  The birds got to my berries last year more often then I did and boy did it ruffle my feathers!  This project is easy and really doesn't take long if you don't count the drying times between paint colors.  My daughter loved helping me with this project and we just did a little bit each day.  It was wonderful excuse to spend a little extra time making memories with her daily.  I also think it would be fun to do on a camping trip to keep a group of kiddo's active with a daily Art Project.  

First thing to do is go on a rock gathering walk.  Our seasonal creek was dry at this time so we walked along keeping our eyes out for any triangle/strawberry shaped rocks.  Once we had a couple baskets full I washed them then layed them outside to dry to get ready for their first layer of paint.  I had a bucket of white paint already so that's what I used.  Spray painting would be easier but my little girl really wanted to help paint.  =)
Strawberry Rocks to keep the birds out of your patch ~ DIY Friday
Some of these rocks aren't the best shapes, but why be picky?  They're for the birds, remember!  Plus when your little one picks up a rock and shouts "This one is perfect Mom!" how can you argue?  Painting the rocks white first allows the red paint to really shine.  You could skip this part and start with the red, but your rocks will be quite a bit duller in color.  Duller in color?  Is that even a word?  Oh get it!  Let sit until dry, or wait a day like we did before moving on to the next step.  This time I spray painted them a bright red and let them dry for an hour or two.  Then flipped them over and sprayed the back side.
Strawberry Rocks to keep the birds out of your patch ~ DIY Friday
Again, never-mind the shapes!  The one on the bottom right looks more like a red pepper but hey!  That big juicy berry just might be the one that all the birdies want to fight over!  We let the rocks sit another day before decorating our rocks with 'leaves.'  You could use green craft paint and a brush but being this was a project with my daughter I wanted this to be easy for her, and me.  I picked up a box of Paint Pens at WallyWorld that contained green and black pens.  I've seen some beautifully painted Strawberry Rocks on Pinterest, with like 3 different shades of green leaves and even white highlights on the black seeds but I was not going there. Feel free to Rembrandt-out your rocks if you'd like to.  Or keep your bird rocks Strawberry Rocks simple.
Strawberry Rocks to keep the birds out of your patch ~ DIY Friday
This is the most time consuming part of the project.  But pull up a chair, enjoy a cool breeze and listen to the birdies sing up in the trees where they are supposed to be.  Remember the criteria we had when searching for our rocks in the creek bed?  That we looked for triangle shaped rocks?  Well pick up a rock and try to imagine it actually being a strawberry.  Now take your paint pen and loopy-loop around the top of your berry.  Fill it in so the whole top part is green.  The paint pens dried incredibly fast and I was able to set them down almost immediately.  When all the leaves were done we took the black pen and traced around the edge, drew little lines at the top and then polka-dotted for seeds.
Strawberry Rocks to keep the birds out of your patch ~ DIY Friday
I actually cheated and only traced and seeded the top part of the strawberries.  Don't judge me!  You're never going to see the back side anyway!  =)  Turned out better then you thought, huh?  Good enough to fool the birdies at least! 

I'm glad the paint pens dry so fast because we were WAY excited to put them around our plants as little tiny strawberries were already starting to grow.  Fairy Berries as my girlies like to call them.
Strawberry Rocks to keep the birds out of your patch ~ DIY Friday
I placed a couple around each plant in my DIY Strawberry Gutter Garden.  
Strawberry Rocks to keep the birds out of your patch ~ DIY Friday
We were even careful to place them just how the strawberries will grow with the leaves facing the plant.  Doing our best to trick those pesky birds!
Strawberry Rocks to keep the birds out of your patch ~ DIY Friday
We also placed a few around our returning strawberries that we planted on the sides of the bales in our Straw Bale Garden.  
Strawberry Rocks to keep the birds out of your patch ~ DIY Friday
It was fun to see the kiddo's get excited about how neat the Strawberry Rocks looked!  I'll be keeping a close watch and see if the age-old legend holds true and indeed fools the birds.  Don't worry, I'll keep you posted!  Sound like a fun project?  It is!  And even more fun will be hearing the giggles when a Blue Jay flies over and pecks on one of our tasty, but hard, strawberries!
Strawberry Rocks to keep the birds out of your patch ~ DIY Friday
  I'd love you to leave a comment and tell me what you think!  Just no teasing about my 3rd grade level art work!  =)


amy mayen said...

I'm anxious to find out if it works!!

Marcy @ day2day SuperMom said...

Me too! I'll keep everyone posted!! hehehehehe =)

Ms Lemon of Make Mine Lemon said...

Follow up please. This is so funny/charming/creative.

Micki Sellers said...

I'll be watching this! My problem now is the neighborhood cats...

Gina Wamsley said...

I do not have a garden, but my mom does. I will be passing this on!
Saw you on the G'Day Saturday Linky Party! I posted some pics as well.

Have a great Saturday!

Cathy said...

Thanks so much for sharing at A Peek Into Paradise TGIF Link Party.

I hope you will come party with us next week and see if you were featured!

Have a great week!

Hugs! Cathy

Parenting today said...

What a cool idea! Will make sure to try it. Pinned to my Gardening board on Pinterest.

Marcy Knopf said...

Thank you so much for the Pin =)

Bibi @ Bibi's Culinary Journey said...

What a great idea & fun project for the kids :) I love it.

Paula Miller said...

I've never seen this before, but what a great idea! They almost look real to me :)

Thanks for linking up your posts for Wordless Wednesday!

Meredith S said...

For years I struggled with growing strawberries. I could never get more than a handful because either the birds, or the rabbits got them first! I finally gave up after years of frustration. Please let us know if this works. Maybe I will have to give strawberries another chance! :)

Marcy Knopf said...

Thanks for stopping by ladies! I am anxiously waiting to see if they work their magic too ~ I'll keep ya'll posted!

2Momma2 said...

I don't have any strawberry plants, but I would love to paint some strawberry rocks- they look so cute!

Thanks for linking to the Pinterest Power Party!

Marcy Knopf said...

I do have a few sitting in a basket in my kitchen (not all for the birds I guess!) Thanks for stopping by Kristin =)

Theresa said...

Hi Marcy, Featuring your post tomorrow this is a great tip/diy & I love the idea of having some in a basket in the kitchen. xo Theresa @

Marcy Knopf said...

Yay! Wow! Thanks Theresa! I can't wait to see it and share the love!! =)

Diana - FreeStyleMama said...

Those are adorable!!

Nicolette Roux said...

This is GENIUS!!

Would be very interested to find out how it goes.

Thanks for sharing with us on Pin it Tuesdays!

Natasha In Oz said...

This was so interesting! I have never heard of this before. I have just pinned this and shared this on Google+. I will also be featuring this at this week's party.

Best wishes and thanks so much for Saying G'Day!
Natasha in Oz

Marcy Knopf said...

I'm so glad all you ladies are enjoying this! I'm anxious to see how it goes to! Thank you for the Pin's and the feature Natasha! =)

oldthings said...

Lovely !!

Christine said...

TOTALLY COOL!!!! I would be fooled by them!! haha

Thanks for linking up at The DIY Dreamer last week! Can't wait to see what you link up tomorrow evening!

Marcy Knopf said...

Thanks Christine ~ I'll see ya then =)

Christine said...

You have been featured at The DIY Dreamer! YAY! Come on over and grab your featured button, you deserve it :)

See you this evening for the latest edition of From Dream To Reality #69!

Danielle said...

Wow - how clever! Love this idea!! Thanks for linking up at the Pinterest Power Party!

Danielle said...

I'm really curious if this really works! Great berries!

Marcy Knopf said...

Thank you SO much for the feature Christine! =)