Category Archives: garden
Revisiting some of the crafty projects and tutorials I’ve posted and thought I would share them all in one place. Would love to hear which one is your favourite, or if you have tried any using my tutorials it would be great to hear from you!
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If you look closely at the border along the lawn in this picture, you should see lots of shiny circular objects all lined up in a row…
The circles are in fact empty wine bottles that have been pushed into the ground to create a recycled decorative and quirky garden border.
This is one of my Dad’s latest ideas and I took these photos in his garden last week when all we had was rain, rain and more rain.
The bottles look great in the sunshine with the light reflecting off the glass. Although it took a while for the bottles to build up, this is a fun and easy project to brighten up your garden this summer!
All we seem to be getting weather-wise lately is rain, rain and more rain. But at least the garden will be kept happy. I’ve left it a little late this year but I can’t wait to start tending to my flower pots and plants.
Brand NEW to my website this week ~ a Garden Section where you will find all ceramic pieces relating to the garden in one place.
From wall planters to pots, wind chimes to plant markers… If you are looking for a unique gift for a garden lover, or even large sculptural vessel statement pieces, you are in the right place!
I had to share my new hazel twig fence with you! I love it! It was so much fun, especially collecting the branches from the woods. My dad had made a fence in his garden and as soon as I saw it I had to make one too. The fences aren’t very practical, just ornamental and decorative, they add a really nice rustic look to your garden.
First we had to locate some hazelnut trees. In woodland areas you would probably be surprised at how many there are scattered all over. They are easy to spot – tall thin vertical branches with the odd leaves growing here and there. Make sure you take a little saw or some secateurs to cut the branches down – they are very strong!
If you can find any thicker branches these are good to use for the posts.
Pull off the leaves and cut off any jagged bits so that you are left with a pile of straight, clean wooden sticks. Begin by cutting the posts to size, taking into consideration the height you want your fence to be, and also plenty extra for the posts to be positioned in the ground. My fence was about 30cm high and I left about 15cm for the posts to go in the ground, so each post was 45cm tall.
Hammer the posts into the ground first. Depending on how hard or soft the ground is, they may be able to push in. The further down in the ground the posts are, the stronger the fence will be. The rest is easy and takes no time at all! Weave the hazel branches in and out of the posts. They are so strong that they stay in place by themselves. Once you’ve reached the top of the posts and are happy with the amount of branches, cut off any excess at the ends and use cable ties to tighten any areas that are a bit loose. I only had white cable ties but you can hardly notice them as they have been coloured in with black pen!
If you want to continue the fence at an angle, start again with more posts. Effective isn’t it?
Below are some other creative ideas I found using twigs and sticks. I will no doubt be trying all of these too!
3. Twig Frame
And look at this!! Hazel branch walls made in the same way. Amazing!