Garden art is the ideal way to add character, creativity and a personal touch to your garden.
The cheapest and most creative way to create garden art is to reuse and recycle items found at home. You may also like to ask friends, family, neighbours or visit Reverse Garbage www.reversegarbage.com.au for extra bits and pieces to add to your design. Here are a few great ideas to ignite the inspiration:
1. Stepping stones
Materials required: Ready-mix cement, sand, stirrer, ice cream tub, cooking oil, glass marbles or other decorative items you have found.
Instructions: Follow instructions on ready mix cement to make an even consistency, grease ice-cream tub or mould with cooking oil, spoon cement into tub or mould to at least 5 cm thick, wait for 45 minutes for the cement to begin to set. You can now start to decorate using your reuse items. You may even like to add handprints. Leave your stepping stone in the tub or mould for up to 3 days to ensure that it has set and dried well before removing.
2. Garden signage
Materials required: Pavers, acrylic paint, sealant. Old pavers are a great way to create signage for your garden.
Instructions: Make sure you give the pavers a good clean before you start your artwork. Paint your label and design on to the paver. Wait for the paint to dry before using a sealant to protect the art from weather.
3. Wind chimes
Materials required: Old cutlery, timber off cuts, buttons, cd’s, shells, bottle tops, steel cans, fabric off-cuts for colour, or anything else that you are able to collect. You will need some nylon fishing line and something to hang the chimes from e.g. a coat hanger, a strong stick, etc. Tie your chimes to the fishing line and attach to your coat hanger or stick.
4. God’s-eye or ojo de dios (cultural symbol made by the Huichol Indians of Mexico)
Materials required: Two strong sticks and a variety of wool colours. (When changing wool colour, tie the new colour onto the existing colour and continue weaving.)
For instructions on how to make a God's Eye and for instructions on other interesting craft ideas, visit the website: Crafts by Amanda http://craftsbyamanda.com
5. Garden ornaments
Here are some examples of what the students at All Hallows Parish School have created using reuse and recycle items.
What ideas do you have? You may have some great ideas of your own please share these with us it would be great to feature your works of art on our garden blog.
Please note that the above activities may require adult help or supervision. When using products such as the ready mix cement and sealant, ensure that you follow the manufacturers safety instructions at all times.