Garden Pyramid Accent: How to Make with Little Cost
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]
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.
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.]
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