Terracotta Garden Accents Updated

Hola Amigos! Do you decorate your gardens with Gnomes? How about the very popular and pretty Fairies?   Any Bird Lovers out there decorating with bird houses and baths? I'm sure one of my readers have a statue of kissing children or a cute duck that gets dressed up for every season.  I'm crazy about turtles! I've been collecting them since I was 5 years old and my Aunt Linda got me a Bean Bag one right about my size! It was huge!!! and I loved it.

I've had 3 terracotta turtles I brought from Panama many years ago. This harsh weather has played a number on them, after all they are made out of dirt, but all and all they are still looking pretty good! I wanted to give them a little makeover this Spring and bring some color in them.

First I primed all the turtles so it would be easier to paint any color I wanted.

For the first turtle I gave her a tribal, almost natural sophisticated look with twine circles and glass beads!

In gray with turquoise accents to match the glass beads that almost look like water drops on top of her shell.

The Second one, and biggest became a garden in itself, now I can patiently wait for my flowers to bloom
because I have my turtle garden I can place wherever I need a pop of color and cheer!

If you don't have a green thumb, this will solve your Spring fever and flower craving. You will have flowers for as long as you want, allergy free!

A few Accents make this beautiful walking garden even better, Butterflies are flowers best friends. A couple of butterflies hovering on the flowers give it a special touch.

You can't tell this poor gal is injured! I used to leave her out in the snow and there is only so much terracotta can take. One of her legs broke, but I didn't have the heart to throw away something I brought from my homeland so many years ago. I'm happy I kept her. I think she looks great!

My last turtle is truly a lady! So feminine on her pale yellow and grey classic color combination and her pearl and crystal buttons and lace daisies! oh and of course...some sparkle in gray glitter is a must!

This little critters are so cheap and available everywhere...why not "bling" one for mom (cute for little kids to make for Mother's Day) or for Grandma!...I'm sure they would love them!

I hope my little fun project today inspires you to go grab that old abandoned gnome you have sitting in the front porch and give him a makeover! I'm sure your garden or flower bed will take a whole new look to complement your brand new blooms!

Hopefully this weekend the weather will be good enough in your neck of the woods so you can go out and plant some tasty veggies or pretty flowers to go with your new and improved, animals, pots, gnomes or ducks!


  1. Love how you dressed up your turtles! I think they are much happier now! You have a knack for making things look "happy"!

    1. Thank You Krystie! Yes, I love bright colors, they truly make me happy!!! It's kind of dark and gray up here most of the time so I need to bring sunshine one way or another! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. What an adorable idea - just love all the critters' new makeovers!
    so fun!

  3. I love your little turtles! My favorite is the one resplendent in flowers - the little injured one. I can't recall seeing garden turtles like this but I have a life size cement cat nestled beneath our bird bath in my little "bird sanctuary" corner near our front entrance.
    Speaking of "dark and gray" well it snowed here today in GR - yeah...really! And stuck too! booo!

  4. How adorable are these? What a great idea and they would look wonderful in any garden! Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend! ~Cindy@littlemisscelebration.com

  5. I bet your turtle family is happy to have new outfits. They look happy. :)
    I like the little boy and a puppy for the yard, but I don't have one. We have a mama and baby rabbit that little man picked out and moves around at will. ;)

  6. How cute!!! They all look soo happy with their makeovers. Thank you so much for sharing this with us @ The Show Off Blog Party!

    The Wondering Brain

  7. Oh my, these are adorable! I love your creativity! I love putting little treasures like this in my garden for the kids to explore. I may have to paint them some turtles to find! And plus, a blue turtle...you can't go wrong there!

    1. What a great idea Kathryn! The kids could have their own safari in the backyard! and I agree...nothing lovelier than a blue turtle! Thank You for stopping by!

  8. I am really loving the tribal turtle - it can rival the fanciest of elephants in India! Also so happy you didn't throw any of them for broken legs ;) They look so lovely

    1. Oh Thank You Jennifer...what a beautiful analogy! love it! Thank You so much for visiting!

  9. The turtle is so cute......To: "me"
    Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick


  10. I love the twine one!! Thanks so much for taking the time to link up to the Tasteful Tuesday party @Nap-TimeCreations.com. Make sure to follow my blog via bloglovin, GFC or facebook so you don't miss out on my features posts... it could be YOU :o)

  11. You have got me wanting to rush out to find some turtles to decorate for my yard. These are so darned cute, love love them. Never thought of embellishing things like that. I'll have to see if I can find am owl to snazzy up also. We were just at Walmart today, wish I'd looked around more. We also went to Lowe's but I was only looking for stain and spray paint.
    I can hardly wait to find some little critters for our yard. Hubs is going to make some planter stands with pallet wood so think I'll even stencil some critters on the plant stands, put couple of critters on stands. Hmmm, maybe make some metal critters to put om stands.
    I have some little critters on our table on the front porch. I usually have to keep things up high so our dog can't carry them all over the yard. He'll throw them up in air with his mouth. One time he got a tomato cage on his head and ran all over yards with it, thought he was pretty funny as we were laughing so hard at him. Found your blog thru link with Life on Lakeshore Drive. Happy Weekend

    1. What a nice comment! so sweet of you!I found some critters at my local target..they were a chicken and a squirrel! So cute, but like you say next time you go to Lowe's I'm sure they have them there!
      I have cats...so it just gets destructive inside the house around xmas!, lol..good luck with Fido and your pretty new critters! Thank You so much for stopping by!...oh let me know how they turned out!

  12. These are so adorable and creative!! I love them! You did a fabulous job. Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent this week. I featured you tonight at Pick of the Bunch!! :)

  13. Very creative.

    Great to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  14. Absolutely adorable. I can just see these little guys wandering through my garden.

  15. Super cute! Come link this post to my party Centerpiece Wednesday http://thestylesisters.blogspot.com/2013/05/centerpiece-wednesday-and-wrap-up.html

  16. Cute! The first turtle (in jute and bling) is my favorite. Reworking old treasures just feels good. We have a gnome or two that could use some more relevant colors....Thank you for sharing your creativity. Lynaea @ EveryDayBloom.com