Plants make a garden, but it’s the decorative touches such as sculptures and ornaments that bring it to life. However, many of these fancy pieces can be quite pricey, so here’s a simple project that will add a luxurious touch to your garden without the expense. This feature bowl can be made by even the most novice DIY-er, all you need is patience and an eye for detail.
1. This one-bowl wonder can be easily transformed into a fire pit. Simply place an ethanol burner in the centre and surround it with small white pebbles.
2. Filled with plants, the bowl becomes a stylish planter. Just don’t forget to include a drainage hole.
3. To really highlight your piece, consider planting a variety of low-growing annuals or succulents.
Gather your supplies
• Large sheet of plywood
• Yellow and white brickie’s sand
• Sandpit sand
• Coloured oxide of your choice
• Sheet of chicken wire
You’ll also need
Hammer; nail; tape measure; pencil; shovel; metal float; water mister; small brush; wire cutters; wheelbarrow
Step 1 On sheet of plywood, hammer nail in centre. Measure 550mm out from nail and draw a circle. Measure 450mm out from nail and draw a smaller circle within larger circle.
Step 2 Shovel yellow brickie’s sand inside smaller circle and, using metal float, work into a slightly flattened dome. Pack sand to make it tight and mist with water to improve cohesiveness. This will be the internal shape of your dish, so it is important to get it right at the beginning.
Step 3 Using small brush, carefully clean up around edges and sweep away excess sand. Any loose sand left within large circle can become stuck to rim of dish and can create imperfections.
Step 4 Add 2 parts sandpit sand, 2 parts white brickie’s sand and 1 part cement to wheelbarrow. Sprinkle over a small amount of coloured oxide and blend thoroughly, then slowly add water until mixture is stiff. Carefully shovel ½ of the mortar over sand dome, so mortar extends well over edges but still inside larger circle. Using metal float, work to evenly cover dome.
Step 5 Cut sheet of chicken wire to fit over bowl and lightly press it into mortar. If necessary, trim wire so it fits properly over bowl (ensure all wire sits comfortably over bowl or you may end up with wire poking through rim).
Step 6 Shovel remaining mortar over dome, so mortar extends to edges of larger circle. Smooth evenly, ensuring wire is well covered. Then, smooth and flatten centre of dome – this will create the base for it to sit. If you plan on using the bowl as a planter, at this stage, use a stake to push a drainage hole through centre of base.
Step 7 Allow cement to cure for about a week. Once ready, grab a mate and carefully turn bowl over. Using shovel, gently remove sand, then sweep any loose sand out of bowl. Wash out insides, gently brushing away any remaining sand.