Garden Art How To
In our Flea Market style of gardening, we’re continuing the effort to be environmentally conscious and recycle, coming up with this fun idea to re-use wine barrel rings in a unique way. Lots of us use whiskey or wine barrels in which to garden. But what happens when the wood slats start to loosen and the rings end up on the ground? You make garden art! Yes, that’s how a junk gardener thinks.
- To start, you’ll need three to seven discarded whiskey barrel rings
- You will need: a drill, several drill bits, a clamp, nuts, washers and bolts or screws
- Pound out any existing nails and bang out any dents
- Fit the rings together to find just the right place where they form the best shape
- Clamp the rings together and drill a pilot hole for the bolt
- Use larger and larger drills to get the final size
- Insert one screw in the hole, add a washer, then a lock-washer and finally the nut.
- Loosely tighten the bolt so you can adjust the rings, while repeating on the bottom side
You’re done! Find a perfect spot in the garden and you have a rustic piece of garden art.
Jeanne tells us, “Here’s that old whiskey barrel ‘bands’ made into a sphere and my lil’ visitor this weekend enjoyed giving it a shove down the pine needle paths! I think there’s six or seven here …and Larry did this project in his shop for me, drilling holes and bolting the bands together.
We love the rusty patina of these spheres and weather can’t hurt them at all.
A Valentine for your Garden
From Ben to Patty…. and a surprise while she was out! Patty came home to find an adorable barrel ring heart made to display in her garden. She says, “This will eventually be hung on the flat side of one of our trellises out back. I saw a picture of them hung like that and they looked so cute.”
Marie Niemann also made a heart from her barrel rings without cutting. She simply bent the hoop at the bottom and top to form the heart, to which she added a rusty key. The key to her heart? You’ll have to ask her hubby!
Its pretty amazing what happens here at Flea Market Gardening and funny, too, how ideas spread from one to another! Some got the idea right here and had loads of fun making their own.
If you have whiskey barrels and want to prevent the metal bands from falling off, simply nail a few spaced out roofing nails or drill a few screws into the under side of each band to form a lip to hold them.
Other projects to do with barrel rings:
Use as a mold for a concrete stepping stone
Bolt a sphere to a good sized tree branch, dig a hole to bury the end and stand it in the garden
Hang from a tree with a paper Japanese lantern or lantern sitting inside