Find flowerless options for sprucing up your yard

Outside art
2011-07-05T00:45:00Z 2013-04-04T07:16:00Z Find flowerless options for sprucing up your yardBy Mellisa Davlin Times-News writer Twin Falls Times-News
July 05, 2011 12:45 am  • 

Struggling to fix up your garden? Try yard ornaments. We talked to three Magic Valley artists and crafters about their outdoors work. They range from whimsical to gallery-worthy art. No matter your tastes, you can find something to pretty up your yard.


George Pullin


  • Bird houses and furniture
  • $10 to $30 for bird houses, $70 to $100 for furniture
  • Twin Falls Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, North College Road


Pullin uses salvaged lumber to craft rustic bird houses and furniture, including seats and cabinets.

Pullin, who has practiced his craft for about 8 years, doesn’t make his bird houses to attract a certain species of bird, focusing instead on making the decorations aesthetically pleasing. Some have a finished look, while others are more rough and homey.

The Twin Falls man’s art is yard-ready, and doesn’t need any finish before it goes outside.


Jacob Novinger, Gooding


  • Fine metal art
  • Custom work starts at $35 per hour


Novinger’s sculptures, crafted from metals like ornamental iron, aluminum, copper and brass, bring an abstract, gritty edge to the space they occupy.

“I call this artistic blacksmithing,” he said. Many of his custom orders are for animals and insects, but his own style is more contemporary.

Though some of Novinger’s custom buyers display their sculptures outside, the work isn’t always made with the yard in mind. If you want to use yours to adorn your garden, make sure you specify — otherwise, the metal can deteriorate.


Gwen Ruggles, Twin Falls


  • Tea cup decorations and bird feeders
  • $5 for bird feeders, $8 for lawn ornaments
  • Twin Falls Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, North College Road


Ruggles, a newcomer to the yard art scene, started making decorations from old tea cups a month ago.

“You just start goofing around with things, and one thing lead to another,” she said. She wasn’t sure how customers would receive her decorations, but she sold out at the first farmers market. Ruggles uses thrift store finds and gifts to fashion the ornaments and bird feeders. The ornaments have beads and wires sprouting out, while the bird feeders sit flat. Ruggles gives a small packet of bird seed to people who buy the feeders.

“They’re a lot of fun to make,” Ruggles said.

Reporter Melissa Davlin may be reached at 735-3234 or

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