Creating an interesting garden isn’t always about flowers and foliage – sometimes the best features can be completely inorganic. A striking piece of garden art is a great contrast to its living elements and creates an instant focal point.
Gather your supplies:
PVC pipe in following diameters: 300mm (4), 240mm (6), 150mm (6), 85mm (4) and 50mm (5)
You’ll also need:
Timber offcuts; sandpaper; clear PVC priming fluid; clear PVC cement, 1⁄8” rivet drill bit, 1⁄8” pop rivets in a variety of lengths, pop rivet gun, 20mm galvanised button head screws, quick-set concrete; Rust-Oleum Gloss spray paint in colour of choice (we used Marigold)
Screw timber offcuts together to make a T. Long leg should be 150mm. Place T at end of 1 pipe. With a pencil resting on other end of T, run it around pipe to mark a line.
Clamp a block of timber to bench to help hold pipe steady. Use a fine-toothed saw to cut pipes along line, rotating pipe as you go. Sand cut edges smooth using sandpaper. Repeat with remaining pipes.
Lay pipes out on a bench to create your pattern. Make sure there are 2 of larger pipe diameters at bottom of design. Prime, then apply PVC cement to where pipes touch. Drill 2 holes through both pipes and fix together using pop rivets. As different pipes have different wall thicknesses, you will need to switch between different rivet lengths. Adjoining pieces of larger pipes will be too thick for pop rivets, so screw together using 20mm button head screws, being careful not to overdrive screw.
Dig a 200mm-deep hole for your sculpture to stand. Place sculpture in hole and fill with concrete. Ensure that sculpture is plumb.
Spray paint sculpture in Rust-Oleum Gloss in your selected colour and let dry.