DIY pro­ject

Rose Hughes comes up with a novel – and pink! – way to throw even more fun into the gar­den.

NZ Gardener - - Content -

Build your own flamingo hoopla.


Find a suit­able flamingo im­age on­line, copy and mark out onto the tim­ber. Cut out care­fully us­ing the jig­saw. Sand well.


Un­der­coat with Re­sene Quick Dry Primer and when dry ap­ply two top­coats to the body. I used Re­sene Test pots in Smit­ten, with White and Black for the beaks.


Un­der­coat the ter­ra­cotta pots in­clud­ing the in­side rim. Ap­ply 2 top­coats. I used Re­sene Test pots in White, Abbey Road, Vanilla Ice, Half Dusted Blue and Cider­house.


Cut the wire into 10 x 250mm lengths. Drill two an­gled holes into the base of the bod­ies of each bird. Put a drop of glue into each hole and in­sert the wire legs. Al­low to dry.


With suit­able safety gear on, mix con­crete. Put a stone to block the drainage hole and pour the con­crete into each pot. In­sert the bird’s legs into the con­crete, en­sur­ing the bod­ies are level, and al­low to dry.


Cut felt cir­cles to cover the con­crete, with slits to ac­com­mo­date the legs. Cut the vinyl tub­ing into 400mm lengths and join the ends by melt­ing over a can­dle or sim­i­lar. Al­low to cool and wrap the rings with elec­tri­cal or Washi tape in var­i­ous colours.

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