Add year-round colour to your landscape with whimsical art projects you can make yourself. Create glass garden art with recycled glass bottles and jars, stained-glass tiles and glass craft blocks. Do-it-yourself art projects for the garden need not be complicated or expensive to make, especially if you find the materials in your recycling bin.
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Glass Block/Jar Landscape Lights
Make your own landscape lights using glass craft blocks or recycled glass jars and solar-powered light strands. Each glass craft block has an opening along one side where you can insert the light strands and pull out the solar wiring. Glass jars' openings serve the same purpose, but you can use tea light candles to illuminate wide-mouth jars. Stand the glass landscape lights along a walkway in your garden or nestle them within flower beds. This do-it-yourself garden project is a blank slate -- paint the glass blocks/jars with glass paint or glue colourful glass marbles to the outside surface to enhance the designs.
Glass Bottle Tree
There are a couple of ways to create a glass bottle tree, which needs a trunk and five or six branches to look good. Make the tree structure with copper tubing, which will gain a patina over time. Attach branches to the trunk using angled copper fittings, flux, solder and a propane torch. Make PVC pipe trees using angled PVC fittings and PVC cement. Use PVC primer and paint to make the "tree" coordinate with your outdoor decor. Once the tree structure is complete, slide inverted glass bottles in an array of colours over each branch.
Decorative Glass Fence
Separate sections of your garden with a decorative fence made using concrete blocks and colourful glass bottles. This do-it-yourself garden art project may require two people to arrange the concrete blocks, but only one to add the glass bottles. Excavate the ground where you plan to place the fence; remove grass and rocks and dig a 1-inch trench as wide as the concrete blocks. Fill in the trench with wet mortar before lining the concrete blocks end to end along the fence line. Secure another row of blocks on top of the first with a thin layer of mortar. Continue to build the concrete block fence as tall as you like. After the mortar dries, stack rows of glass bottles inside the openings of each concrete block. Clear, waterproof construction adhesive works to glue the bottles together.
Glass Wind Chimes
Make a set of glass wind chimes using stained-glass mosaic tiles, craft bells, fishing line and a metal craft ring. This do-it-yourself glass art project adds colour and music to your garden. Cut a 36-inch-long strand of fishing line, thread the craft bell to the centre and tie the ends around the craft ring. If you cover the knot with clear, waterproof adhesive, it will remain intact. The same adhesive works to attach the stained-glass tiles along the strand of the fishing line. Place tiles of similar size back to back on each side of the doubled fishing line. Hang as many tiled strands as you like from the craft ring.
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