Garden sculptures and fabulous outdoor art add a layer of interest to your garden that plants simply cannot provide. While you’re guaranteed to find loads of striking pieces at your local nursery, garden centres, local art galleries and online, you can also try your hand at making a series of sculptures, just like this terrific trio, using a collection of round metal junkyard finds.
ROUND ‘N’ ROUND GARDEN ART
Gather your supplies
- Selection of different-sized round metal items (see Note, below)
- Outdoor screws
- Metal washers
- Drill and bits
- Construction adhesive or similar (optional)
Note Look for round metal items (all with a hole in the centre) salvaged from farm and factory machinery, bike parts, decorative pie and baking dishes, galvanised bin lids and round parts of outdoor furniture from junkyards, tip shops and second-hand market stalls.
Step 1 Lay out your supplies and play around with the arrangements until you have three flower-shaped designs.
Step 2 For objects that are stacked, you may wish to join them with construction adhesive. Make sure surfaces are clean and dry, then bond together, so centre holes are always aligned. Let dry.
Step 3 Decide on the position of completed sculptures on your fence or wall. For circular items that aren’t stacked, drive screws into your fence or into plugs in a masonry wall, then simply hang the items. Stagger them from large to small inside each other, keeping them centred.
Step 4 For stacked items, place a washer over the centre hole, then drive a screw through centre of assembly into fence or plug in a masonry wall.
To give your salvaged metal items protection and a matt/semi-gloss finish, coat them with a product such as Flood Penetrol (available at most hardware stores, usually near the paint preparation section). Always follow the product instructions, and test the product first in an inconspicuous area of each item.