Epic Yard Art Showdown Craft or Crap Challenge

Welcome to another edition of the Craft or Crap Challenge, where I’ll be taking on Chas of Chas’ Crazy Creations in the Epic Yard Art Showdown! We will be creating (hopefully) beautiful yard art using skewers and recycled materials. Follow along as we dive into this crafting adventure to see if our projects turn out to be crafty successes or just plain crappy!

And stick around, there’s a generous giveaway sponsored by Karen Thomas Designs!

The Epic Yard Art Showdown Rules

The rules are so simple and here they are!

  1. Must create yard art
  2. Must incorporate skewer sticks
  3. Must incorporate something used

If you want to craft along with us and get your project featured in a future Craft or Crap Challenge, you can find more info HERE!

Materials Needed

To get started, gather the following materials:

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Craft or Crap Epic Yard Art Challenge Video Tutorial

Here is the video tutorial, so you can see exactly how I made it!

Step-by-Step Tutorial

1. Clean and Prep Recycled Items

Use rubbing alcohol to clean any dirt or residue from the recycled plastic ornament. Mine had been outside for a while so there was no color left but there was some glitter left on it.

As long as it wasn’t loose, I didn’t think it needed to be removed. The glitter gave it a good texture.

At this time, you will want to make sure the size of the hole in the ornament will accommodate the dowel rod.

2. Assemble the Sun’s Rays

Disassemble the fan by pulling the blades from the fabric. The fan blades and skewers will be used to create the rays of the sun.

Cleaning the old Christmas ornament readying it to become yard art
Removing the fan blades from the Dollar Tree fan

Drill holes in the ornament for the fan blades.

Drilling holes in the ornament to turn it into yard art

3. Add Skewers and the Fan Blades

Drill holes between the fan blades to insert the skewers. Once all of the holes are drilled, the fan blades and skewers can be inserted.

Drilling holes for skewer stick

4. Adhere and Reinforce

Use JB Weld Clear Weld to adhere the skewers and fan blades securely to the ornament. I put cups under the fan blades that needed to be positioned correctly. Once the ClearWeld cured, they were very secure.

Mixing JB Weld ClearWeld to attach the rays of the sun to the yard art

5. Paint and Glaze

Spray paint the entire structure with outdoor-friendly paint. I did yellow and accented with red. I did multiple layers. Finish with Rustoleum Triple Thick Glaze for added protection.

Painting the sun yard art yellow

An optional step is to take the dowel rod and seal it with penetrating epoxy so that it won’t rot from the weather and in the ground.

That’s it! Once it was all dry, I put it in a flower pot and it livened up the whole flower bed!

finished yard art sun DIY

It can go in so many different places!

finished yard art sun in the flower pot
finished yard art sun DIY

Time to Vote!

Now you get to decide, is it

Craft or Crap?

Is the DIY sun yard art a crafty success or a flop? Let me know in the comments below!

Craft Along With Us!

We’d love for you to craft along with us! Watch this short video to see how. It’s so easy!

You can share your pictures with us on Instagram by tagging:

  • @craftklatch
  • @chascrazycreations

Don’t forget the hashtag #CraftorCrap

You can also share by joining our Craft or Crap Facebook Group and sharing your pictures there. That way, others in the group can see them too! And it’s FREE!

Or you can email us photos of your project:

  • mona(at)craftklatch(dot)com
  • chas(at)chascrazycreations(dot)com

Now it’s time to see what Chas made! Be sure to jump on over and see her Epic Yard Art Showdown and let her know if it’s CRAFT or CRAP!

Chas Epic Yard Art Showdown thumbnail

More Craft or Crap Projects and Yard Art

GIVEAWAY and Special Offer

Yes! It’s finally time for the giveaway!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Enter our giveaway for a chance to win a generous $50 mystery box from Karen Thomas Designs. Use code “CRAFT10” for $10 off orders of $50 or more, plus receive a free gift bag of beads with your first order.

Be sure to check out her website and see all the beautiful things she carries!

Karen Thomas Designs website

My gift bag included a makeup brush and these beautiful beads!

***Here is the important stuff***

This is open to the US, Canada, and internationally. However, if the winner is international, a gift card will be issued instead of a mystery box. If you are under the age of 18, you will need to get your parent’s permission before entering.

These are the ONLY ways Mona or Chas will be contacting you:
We will announce the winner in the Craft or Crap Facebook Group
We will also email the winner with the email they provided when entering – make sure you provide the correct email and check it!

Once announced, the winner will have 48 hours to respond, otherwise a new winner will be chosen.

The gift card will be emailed to the winner.

**If anyone asks you for any personal information and/or financial information, it is a scam. Chas or I will only reach out via the email you provide. Scammers are clever, so if you are contacted by a Facebook, YouTube, or Instagram account that looks like Chas or Mona and they tell you you have won, it is NOT us. It is a scam. We will NOT contact you via Facebook, YouTube, or Instagram. We will ONLY contact you by the email you provide in the giveaway form.

Good Luck!

Purple beads from Karen Thomas Designs

Thanks for stopping by! Remember, Life’s too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter!™ Stay safe!


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10 thoughts on “Epic Yard Art Showdown Craft or Crap Challenge”

  1. Hi Mona,
    The sun is definitely a craft. I live it, it brightens up the garden and looks easy enough to go.
    Brilliant idea.

  2. Wowza, I would have never thought to do that. I suck at crafts so you’ve really taken this up a notch. It looks awesome! Thank you for sharing it with us on Farmhouse Friday 348. I am featuring it tomorrow. Hope you link up again soon. pinned


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