I have had these two frog for a few years….they were in sad shape! I was a bit bored and thought this would be a fun project that was easy to do and added lots of whimsy to your gardens! You can do the same to any outdoor statues, decor, fountains, etc.
They look pretty sad don’t they!?! Well, here they are all jazzed up!
What a difference a little paint and glass fillers can do! Here is how I did it:
I decided to make one a lady and the other a man. I used a red sharpie for the lips of the one frog. I used Goop to glue the shiny pearls on her guitar. I wanted the male to have a cool blue. The small green pkgs with the black net have the plain (non shiny) kind of look like pale sea glass gems .
To give the gems (ones from dollar store)a crystallized look, I baked them on a cookie sheet at 500 degrees for 20 minutes. This is the same as we used to do with marbles…way back when.
After 20 minutes, I carefully, (the gems and pan are very hot) let them drop into a bowl of ice water I had ready for them, and you can put the sheet on top of bowl with ice…just to be safe.
A couple of them didn’t make the bowl…ouch, they were hot!
I first started out by painting their bodies with a green spray paint from Rustoleum 2x. Great for outside. I used the darker round blue for the males guitar. I used the flat green gems for their bodies.
For the mouth I used stones of same color that didn’t sparkle.
I used the flat ones for the bodies and mouths of the frogs. I used the round gems for their guitars.
I painted the girls tongue yellow….Put in the turquoise eyes. I didn’t have enough of the turquoise gems, dollar store only had the two packs. I plan to get more of the turquoise…10 bags….make a pond shape where they are standing in the roses and fill it in with the turquoise and green gems..I think that will look so pretty and sparkly…
I think my brain was working in overdrive, or I was just bored. I wanted to make a faux pond for them. I had it all set up in the rose garden, but I couldn’t see it from the house the way it was situated. So back to the drawing board. Now in the meantime while I was trying to figure out a place for it, another idea struck…a pallet I had…I painted a pallet in blue colors…
I love those colors! I was going to make it a herb planter. But then a idea struck! Since the frogs were ready, I could make this a neat backdrop for them. Then I thought of making it a billboard with their stage names on it. I made the letters with the glass gems from the dollar store.