For some time now I have wanted to create a few items for my garden which are hard-wearing, simple and cheap to make.
My garden at the moment consists basically of lawn and trees… no time for anything else with little children! I am gradually adding eye-catching items of interest such as waterbowls, pots, sculptures and other things. However, as I’ve been shopping around, I’ve found that so many ‘outdoor decorations’ that you find in garden shops are either out of my price range (i.e. usually the really nice things!) or are just a bit too busy and ornate for my home.
So, for my project this week I wanted to add to my garden’s collection, and I came up with the idea of making something out of corflute. Corflute is a very hardy plastic material and is perfect for use outdoors.
My garden mobile really was very easy to make. I firstly purchased a sheet or two of corflue from Bunnings. It cost less than $8 per sheet. I used about half of one sheet for this whole mobile.
I worked out a simple design in my head, and then I just started cutting out the corflute straight away – no drawing shapes on or anything.
I found that it was easiest to cut the corflute by putting my knife on an angle (use a serrated knife too!)
Once I’d cut everything out, I worked out the placement for hanging each piece together.
I used a meat fork thing (don’t know what it’s called) to make holes in the corflute for my bits of wire.
I used tie-wire, chopped into small-ish pieces and doubled over.
I threaded them through each of the pieces and then folded the wire back around so that all the pieces will be secure in the wind and weather!
Then I simply added another piece of wire at the top for hanging the mobile up. VERY EASY!
It looks fantastic hanging in lots of different locations around my garden! Here are a few examples:
For next week’s project I’m going to try a few other options for using corflute outdoors… I’ll see how I go!