Outdoor Sculpture Made From Trash

June 4, 2012

I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  It was a half rainy, half sunny weekend in my neck of the woods, so I took the opportunity to do some thrifting with my mom on Saturday and then some major DIYing on Sunday.  I actually worked on about 6 different DIY projects and am super psyched to share some of them over the next week or two.

One project in particular is a new outdoor sculpture that now sits in my garden that I made using, well…  trash.  It’s kinda crazy, but I love it!

Before the cleanout began for the sideyard makeover (which I’ve mentioned here and there over the last few months), there was an old wood barrel planter sitting in the corner, falling apart, and in desperate need for the trash.  When the time came for the barrel to hit the garbage, there was a DIY fairy that sat on my shoulder telling me to keep the corroded metal straps that once, long ago, kept the barrel together.


I had NO IDEA what I would do with them, but in the shed they went… for about two months… until the revelation hit me… How about making them into a sculpture??  Hmmm… That could work!

There was part of the garden on the sideyard that was bare and instead of planting more flowers, the vacant spot was perfect for my new-found idea.

How to Make the Trash Turned Sculpture

This sculpture took minutes to make – probably less than 10 minutes in all!  Using a drill with a metal drill bit, the Mister and I worked together and drilled 2 holes in each ring.  The holes were placed directly opposite of each other.

Once all the holes were drilled, we aligned the top and bottom holes of each ring.  We secured the rings at the top with a nut and bolt, and for the bottom, we used a 6″ tent stake which went into the ground.

And that was it!  I rotated the rings until the positioning was just right, and then sat back to admire this trash to treasure.

So what do you think?  Pretty neat, right?
What treasures have you made from trash?

I link my projects to some of these parties: Skip to My Lou, Dittle Dattle, Between Naps on the Porch, Today’s Creative Blog, Stories of A to Z, All Things Heart & Home, Savvy Southern Style, House of Hepworths, Finding Fabulous, Creation Corner, The Shabby Nest, Tatertots and Jello, Thrifty Decor Chick, Tip Junkie


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Comments

  1. Love it. It looks amazing. Hugs, Marty
    Marty@A Stroll Thru Life recently posted..Beauty and the Beast

  2. What a brilliant sculpture. Thanks for sharing

  3. How clever !! LOVE IT Thank heavens you saved the metal bands..I am jealous.

  4. Love it! Great upcycle!

  5. Love it, Jenna! I would never have thought of this. I think your project is going to have everyone on the lookout for some old barrel/planter rings!
    Suzy @ Worthing Court recently posted..The New Bookcases are Finished!

  6. I am amazed at your creativity. I was immediately drawn to this post because I bought something like this recently and have it in a planter on my front porch. I’m not even going to say how much I paid for it! Cudos to you!

  7. Cool! ; )
    Catie @ Catie’s Corner recently posted..Frivolous Fashion Friday – Edition #20

  8. This is fabulous! I actually have a friend that bought similar orbs for $100 each!
    Kelly

  9. That’s so clever!! I love it! What a great addition to your garden!
    Cristina recently posted..Father’s Day Art

  10. I love it. I have been looking for some large metal rings for a while now to do this exact same thing! I am a little jealous you had some ;)
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  11. very creative! love the rustyness :)
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  12. Very creative1! I love your garden sculpture!
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