Do you have a plain fence in your garden that you want to cover? Some options to hide it include painting it, planting a tree in front of it and waiting for it to grow, installing a vertical garden, covering it in fairy lights or buying a mature plant to cover it immediately. Another, cheaper option, is to DIY your own garden art using materials you find around your home and budget items from Kmart!
Everyone will have their own style, but if you like something a little rustic-looking, then check out this weekend project below for some budget inspiration...
6 long branches, as straight as you can find them Jute twine Scissors Self-watering plastic pot (we bought ours for $4 from Bunnings) Potting mix Succulent plants which will hang over the side
Power drill and nail Artificial ivy (we bought ours for $5 from Kmart)
Step 1: Go for a walk under eucalyptus trees and look for 6 long branches which are reasonably straight.
Step 2: Lay 4 of the branches on a table in the shape of a square to make the frame. Wrap the jute twine around each corner and secure in place. When finished, lay the two horizontal branches across the centre and secure them in place. We chose this particular design as we could easily attach the pot in the centre on the second branch, however play around with a design which suits you.
Step 3: Hang the frame in the location. In our instance, we attached the jute twine to the top of each vertical branch and threaded them through the back of the fence, then tied them together with a knot at the back.
Step 4: Pre-drill a hole in the middle of the 2nd branch down and then nail the pot to the branch. We chose to buy a self-watering pot, as the garden art is located against a hot Colorbond fence and the plant would dry out quickly. It also meant that it wouldn't drip onto the bench below, after it had been watered.
Step 5: Fill the pot with potting mix and get cuttings from succulent plants, or buy a plant which will hang down the sides.
Steps 3 to 5 - attaching the frame to the fence & attaching the pot
Step 6: For some added greenery (that won't die in the heat!), thread artificial ivy up one side, along the top and down the other side - leaving the ends uneven so it looks natural. Stand back and see if it looks appropriate for the space - less is more if you aren't sure.
This garden art project doesn't take long, but it is rewarding to stand back and see what you have created. It is rustic, but it suits our garden and will blend in more as the garden grows up all around it. This is our version of garden art - why don't you gather some branches and see what you can create for your own garden, this weekend?
Step 6 - arranging the ivy vine to your taste. When you've finished, sit down with a cuppa!