Introduction: Decoy Strawberry Rocks to Deter Bird Burglars

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These painted strawberry rocks will fool pesky birds from stealing the real strawberries from your garden. The birds will be attracted to the realistically painted berries. Once the birds get fed up with the rocks, they'll leave your strawberries alone.

Step 1: Gather Materials

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  • rocks (thoroughly washed and dried)
  • acrylic paints
  • paint brushes
  • toothpick to paint seeds
  • craft varnish

Step 2: Paint

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First, paint your rocks red. Then paint small seeds on the rocks with the toothpick. Next, paint the green stuff at the top of your strawberries. To finish, apply 2 coats of craft varnish to protect the paint and to add some shine.

Step 3: Place Rocks in Garden

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Place your painted strawberry rocks in the garden and fool those birds!


fishinthetray (author)2016-01-27

Hey! birds can understand what is what and what is what isn't!

jjdebenedictis (author)2015-08-13

They're so cute!

I supposed it would be most helpful if you put them out in the spring. That way the birds will have explored them and given up in frustration long before your real strawberries start to ripen.

patatarium (author)2015-08-11

They are super realistic !

Flash67 (author)2015-08-11

This actually look so realistic. Legit

CityGirl6 (author)2015-05-02

Do you know if they work on squirrels?

Terrysan made it! (author)2015-04-21

Thank you for this. Now to see if it works in my yard. ?

SharkWeekEveryweek (author)2014-08-28

I was looking at it and was like wow how stupid their just strawberries from the supermarket and now I know their rocks and I'm like wow how stupid I am:,)

diy_bloke (author)2014-06-03

good idea. I will do that

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diy_bloke (author)smori2014-06-08

Coz of MrE's comment I looked around for other tutorials. I found in fact two old original (i.e. own pics) tutorials, but dare I say that your strawberries look the best. Really a job well done

MrE (author)smori2014-06-06

Two other people have posted this instructable as theirs. But a member has flagged them.

Tecwyn Twmffat (author)2014-06-07

Good idea! Do they fool wasps?

diy_bloke (author)Tecwyn Twmffat2014-06-08

They fool me :-) don't know abt wasps

Tecwyn Twmffat (author)2014-06-07

Good idea! Do they fool wasps?

Tecwyn Twmffat (author)2014-06-07

Good idea! Do they fool wasps?

canida (author)2014-06-04

I love it! Does this really work, or just look beautiful?

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Dominic Bender (author)2014-06-03

Great idea. Does it work on kids, too? They usually do not leave anything for the birds... Thanks for sharing!

smori (author)Dominic Bender2014-06-05

Thanks! Maybe try candy for the kids instead... or bubbles! Bubbles distract me...

Bhawya (author)2014-06-03

looks like a real one.. Awesome:)

smori (author)Bhawya2014-06-05

Thank you!

blvdminss (author)2014-06-03

Good idea....Great job!

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doodlecraft (author)2014-06-03

They are adorable! Cute for a little fairy garden too! Great job!

smori (author)doodlecraft2014-06-05

Thank you!

rimar2000 (author)2014-06-03

Good idea, do they work?

smori (author)rimar20002014-06-05

Thanks! The birds haven't taken any strawberries from my garden this year, now that I put the rocks out there!

Uncle Kudzu (author)2014-06-03

Nice work - they look great! Are they effective?

smori (author)Uncle Kudzu2014-06-05

Thanks! They seem to be working so far.

Abigail02 (author)2014-06-03

Wow they look so real!!

smori (author)Abigail022014-06-05

Thank you! I'm so happy you think so!

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