Building your own garden statue has numerous benefits. Whether you’re doing it to showcase your artistic talents or to save money, a homemade garden statue will add a lot of personality and character to your backyard oasis. Even if you’re not artistic, a few simple tips can help you become a garden statue Michelangelo. If your statue doesn’t wow houseguests, the most important thing is that you have fun making it.
The first step in building your own garden statue is to take a look at your garden and decide what kind of statue would fit nicely among your plants. Ask yourself exactly what you want in a garden statue. Are you going for something funny or tongue-and-cheek, like a man’s face peering over a rose bush? Are you going for a sentimental statue of a child playing amongst your vegetable garden? Do you want a stand-alone statue? Or do you want something that incorporates surrounding plant life? Once you answer these questions you’ll have a clearer idea of what you want in a garden statue.
Planning is very important when it comes to incorporating a statue in your garden. Draw a sketch of what you’d like to create and the process will be a lot simpler. You’ll save time and money if you have a clear idea of what you’re going for aesthetically.
If you’re building an armature-based garden statue, you’ll need plywood and chicken wire. This will be the skeleton of your statue and serve as the shape. Once the armature is in place, you can add wax, concrete or plaster to your sculpture. After you have a foundation, it’s time to have some fun! Using glitter, paint, spray paint or even clothing accessories, give your statue some character. You can even bedazzle or bejewel. It all depends on your taste and style. The more pizazz the better!
Moai Statues are one of the most popular do-it-yourself statues because they are fairly inexpensive but can give your garden an ancient but chic feel. Historically, these Polynesian statues date back to 1250 and 1500, when they represented deceased ancestors and powerful chiefs. Luckily, you don’t have to be a professional carver to make an authentic-looking Moai head.
You’ll need a bucket (handle removed), chicken wire, Styrofoam, a garden planter and concrete. As far as tools, it’s helpful to have pliers, sea sponges and a trowel.
The Styrofoam will serve as the shape of your statue. Place it around the planter forming eyes, a nose and mouth. Wrap the chicken wire around the Styrofoam, securing it. Pour the concrete over the Styrofoam and use sculpting tools to contour the face. Add accents like paint, and you’re done!
You rarely see a garden these days without a garden gnome. If you don’t want to buy one, why not create one yourself. Aside from a fun project with a hilarious product, legend has it that garden gnomes make your flowers grow faster!
All you have to do is sculpt a garden gnome out of clay and then paint it. You can even purchase garden gnome making kits online or in Home and Garden stores. Or, if you don’t want to bother sculpting, you can take an old doll and fashion a gnome outfit and hat out of old clothing.
Moss makes everything look classier, so why not add moss to your existing statues or rock structures? To accelerate moss growth on your garden statues, mix a large hand-size amount of porcelain clay with three cups of water, forming a paste.
Mix your paste with a cup of undiluted fish emulsion and a cup of moss. Paint your rocks and sculptures with this mixture. Within a few weeks your statues will be accented with beautiful moss.
If you’re truly daring, you can even add waterfalls or lighting to your statues. Some might think that Christmas lights are tacky in a garden, but they can often add a majestic quality to a backyard garden.
If your attempt to build a statue is a complete failure, there are tons of places to buy garden statues. Target, Amazon, and Home Depot sell them. You can also custom design statues online and have them ordered to your home. At least this way, you’ll feel like you had some creative input into the design of the statue.
Just remember that statues add ambiance to any garden, so you have nothing to lose in trying to build your own statue. And most importantly…have fun!