Sculptures and ornaments help to set the tone of your garden. They can add fun and interest to your landscape scene and highlight plants or design elements. When composing a breathtaking garden, consider how the placement of a statue, pot, textured stone or water feature will draw the eye. be inspired by nature or reach into your imagination to create a unique garden decoration.
Pick your placement
If you want to convey your creativity, place an ornament somewhere prominent, such as by the front door or in view from your windows. If you want to add a sense of mystery, secrete pieces in shrubberies and various nooks of your garden. If you want to embellish, add striking pieces to walls and in the fork of a pathway. If you're going for functionality, choose a bird feeder, water bath or cement planter.
Gather your supplies:
• Glass ball light fitting
• Yellow brickie’s sand
• Grey cement
• Sandstone oxide powder
• Crafty Colour acrylic paint in Cream
Or check out what other decorative things you can do with concrete here!
You’ll also need:
Old plastic plant pot (see Notes, below); bucket; trowel; mixing stick; gloves and safety glasses; claw hammer; scutch hammer; old house paintbrush
• For larger ‘boulders’, try using a spherical vase or fishbowl.
• Ensure diameter of pot is slightly smaller than light fitting.
Rest light fitting upside down in old plastic plant pot.
In bucket, mix 1 part brickie’s sand to 2 parts cement.
Mix 1 part oxide powder to 3 parts water. Gradually add oxide mixture to cement mixture and use trowel to combine into a pourable cookie dough-like texture.
Fill light fitting to brim with concrete. Gently tap sides to remove air bubbles and settle cement.
Set aside and allow to set for a day or two. Be careful not to bump it to ensure a smooth finish.
Once dry, place sphere in empty bucket. Wearing gloves and safety glasses, lightly tap fitting with hammer to break glass. Scrape off any adhered glass with claw of hammer.
To create an aged look, roughly scrape surface of concrete with scutch hammer.
Mix one part cream acrylic paint to three parts water. (You’ll need about 1 cup of paint solution per ball.) Use brush to flick paint on sphere – the more random the splashes, the better! Allow to dry overnight before positioning.