Garden Pyramid Accent: How to Make with Little Cost

A three board beautiful garden or lawn sculpture.  This one sits in a bed of mint plants.
A three board beautiful garden or lawn sculpture. This one sits in a bed of mint plants. | Source

Materials Needed

3 identical boards, each about 3 feet long (the ones pictured are 34 inches long by 1.5 inches by 3.5 inches, in the lumber yard industry these sized boards are called 2 by 4s)

Paint or shellac

Drill with a bit about 1/8 inch (large enough for your twine or wire to pass through)

One piece of twine or wire about 2 feet long

Wire cutters or scissors

[Optional: 3 tent stakes and 3 pieces of twin or wire about 12 inches long]

The Inspiration

I am a “dumpster diver,” a “garbage picker,” a thrift shop shopper. Ok, I do not poke around through my neighbors’ trash cans, but if a piece of broken furniture or lumber is sitting out for the next morning’s garbage collection, I feel that it is free for the taking. That is the way I obtained three pieces of weather-treated lumber from a picnic table and an idea was born! However, I think that one could easily use any lumber handy because the painting or shellac-ing will weather-proof it.

Lumber

Found art supply: a 2 by 4 which is 34 inches long and weather-treated.
Found art supply: a 2 by 4 which is 34 inches long and weather-treated. | Source

Procedure

1. Clean or sand the boards.

2. Drill a small hole centered in one end of each board about 1 inch from the end.

[Optional: also drill a similar hole at the other end of all boards if you will need to put wire through to a stake in order to secure the sculpture to the ground.]

3. Paint or shellac as beautifully as you’d like; allow to completely dry for at least 24 hours.

4. Prop the boards up in a pyramid with the hole end at the top. Lace the wire/twine through one hole and continue to lace through the hole in the next board. Then lace the wire through the last board. Pul it tightly like a purse string being closed. Twist or knot it to hold the sculpture in place.

5. Place in desired spot in your vegetable garden, flower garden, or lawn.

[Stake into ground if needed.]

There is nothing fancy about the wire arrangement connecting the pieces. One can paint all the sides or just some of the sides.
There is nothing fancy about the wire arrangement connecting the pieces. One can paint all the sides or just some of the sides. | Source

Possible Substitutions or Enhancements

I can easily imagine these posts further decorated with nailed-on ornaments, reflectors, or streamers, depending on one’s tastes.  Also, if this is a family project with children, who knows what great ideas they will have to add to the creation.  Additionally, some people might want to use metal, driftwood, or other materials.

Low-Cost, No Cost

This was a no-cost sculpture for me, because we owned many cans of paints, wire, and all the necessary tools.  Since I found great lumber, I was set.  

Whether or not you are stocked, this is not an expensive project.  I hope that you enjoy it.

Text and photos copyright 2011 Maren Morgan

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Farmer Rachel 4 years ago from Minnesota

What a cute idea! And an excellent little tripod for climbing plants :)


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Maren Morgan M-T 4 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

Thanks, Farmer Rachel. It is a solid tripod!

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