How to Decorate Your Wishing Well

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How to Decorate Your Wishing Well
Make your wishing well a feature in your home's landscaping. (Dynamic Graphics Group/Dynamic Graphics Group/Getty Images)

Wishing wells are decorative features that enhance your landscape. Decorating your wishing well allows you to make a stronger landscape statement than if you left the wishing well unadorned. Choose colours that accent the colours of your home, such as the colours of your shutters or the trim around your windows and doors, to create a cohesive look by tying the decor of your wishing well and your home together.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Primer
  • Paint pan
  • Paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Low tack painter's tape
  • Picket fence stencil
  • Ivy stencil
  • Twinkle lights
  • Wooden bucket
  • Rope
  • Dirt
  • Cascading flowers

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Prime and paint your wishing well white. Paint the canopy white and paint the roof white if it's not shingled.

  2. 2

    Paint your wishing well in a brick pattern. Tape off horizontal lines 5 inches apart. Stagger vertical tape lines 12 inches apart to create the bricks and grout lines. Paint the "bricks" red, and when they dry, dab over them with light brown and orange paint to add bricklike texture to your wishing well. Remove the tape to reveal the grout lines between your faux bricks.

  3. 3

    Tape a stencil for a picket fence to the wishing well and paint the stencil with white paint to create a picket fence on the bricks. Move the stencil as needed to create your picket fence all the way around your wishing well. Let the paint dry.

  4. 4

    Tape an ivy stencil to the wishing well and paint with two colours of green. Pounce a small paint brush with both colours of paint to create an ivy vine on your picket fence. Let the ivy dry, and go back and paint some of the pickets on the picket fence white, giving the illusion of the ivy winding through the pickets.

  5. 5

    Line the canopy, the supports for the canopy and the round edge of the wishing well with white twinkle lights.

  6. 6

    Place a wooden bucket inside the wishing well. Wrap a length of rope around the turnstyle and tie it to the handle on the wooden bucket. Plant bright flowers that cascade over the sides of the bucket as they grow.

Tips and warnings

  • Feel free to add additional stencils to your wishing well. Change the ivy to another flower vine like roses, especially if you're growing that flower in your landscape.

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