I can’t tell you how happy I am to finally write this post. I’ve been wanting to do it for 2 weeks now. But the things is, the weekends are the best time for me to finish projects and write the posts, but last weekend I had an urgent matter to take care of. To be more specific, on a beautiful Saturday morning, I woke up to this scene.
I turned my head and saw more…
No, we are not moving! And thank God, no, it wasn’t a flooding or anything like that. Apparently, Greg just wanted to organize the shed. LOL.
Yes, Greg wanted to organize…LOLOL. When he explained to me what he was doing I couldn’t stop laughing, because it sounded like me saying “I’ll be there in 5” 😀
Joke aside, if I didn’t
act in time help him, most of what you see could have ended up at dump, because as far as Greg’s organizational skills go:
Hence, the delay in this post. Anyway…
Let’s not keep you waiting any longer. Let’s get on with how I did this set of garden decor, shall we?
For the coiled copper garden decor I used soft refrigeration copper coil I bought at Home Depot. Refrigerator type copper pipes are soft enough to bend or work with yet strong enough to hold their shape unless you apply a big force. If you don’t have a Home Depot nearby, you can find them on Amazon.
I cut an 11 foot long section from the copper pipe. I marked my copper pipe at the middle of the entire length or 5 1/2 feet.
After marking the copper pipe, I started working from one end and bent it to make a small loop as shown in the picture below.
The important part here is to leave that little section of pipe at the beginning (like the one I left) as that part will be the place where you will be hanging your garden decor from. Also make sure that little section stays on the top, not under the loop that you are making.
Next, I placed my fingers on the main pipe to use them as spacers, and I started to coil the copper pipe loop towards my fingers as shown in picture below. I carried on coiling until I reached my mark in the middle of the pipe…the mark at the 5 1/2 feet remember?
Once I reached the middle point, I started working with the other end of the pipe – the uncoiled part. I started coiling this second part just like I did with the first part. As I came close to the middle mark with my second coil, it started to look like what you see in the picture below.
At this point, I carried on coiling the second part (the top coil in above picture) while trying to align the loops / inner circles of both coils.
Once the loops were aligned and coiling was finished, it was time to give the 3 dimensional shape to my coiled pipe. To do so, I picked a piece of wood and stuck it in between the rings. Then, holding the wood still, I started turning my coiled pipe…
…until the coiled pipe took its 3 dimensional shape like the one in the picture below.
You might be wondering what happened to the end parts – the little pieces I left at the beginning of each coiling process. Well, I forgot to take pictures of it, but I cut them shorter and bent them in half.
Once the coiled pipe was done, I started working on the wind chimes part of the project. For that, I used a bamboo wind chimes I bought from Dollar Store, a little piece of decorative metal strip, E6000 and some chain pieces. I bought my decorative metal strip at Hobby Lobby, but if you don’t have a Hobby Lobby nearby, you can find similar decorative metal strips on Amazon.
First, I took apart the Dollar Store wind chimes to separate the bamboo chimes (the stick parts). Then, I spray painted them with Rust Oleum’s Green Apple color…
…and with the help of a little piece of wire, I put their strings back on to ready them for hanging.
Next, using E6000 and my mini clamps, I glued the decorative metal strip to make a small circle.
Aren’t those clamps the cutest things ever? And I have to say, they are so very handy, too! In case you are wondering, I found these little cuties at Homedepot. Amazon also sells the same type of clamps – quick grip clamps. Anyway… back to the wind chimes.
I attached some chains to the circle I made from the decorative metal strip…
…and spray painted the whole thing with Rust Oleum’s Hammered Copper color. While I was waiting for the paint to dry, I prepared a string of beads and attached them to the coiled copper, as shown in the picture below.
Next, I added a hook on top of the coiled copper, and I added the chime hanger to the bottom.
As the final step, I hung the bamboo chimes to the chime hanger, and that was the end of the project.
As this post is a little long, it may seem like the project was also a long and hard one. But I promise you it is not.
So what do you think? Not bad, right?
Before we go into more beauty shots, I want to explain a couple of things about the coiled copper part. I used an 11 foot long piece of copper, and I could have gone up to 13 feet but no more than that. This is because the longer the copper pipe is, the heavier your coiled copper will become, and so the coiled shape will start sagging. In other words, the gaps between each ring will become bigger due to the increased weight.
I attached the string of beads for the same reason. The string keeps the coiled pipe in shape. If I ever wanted to hang a heavier wind chimes, the string will keep the coils from stretching out under the heavier weight. See the picture below as an example.
Now back to the beauty shots!
If you liked this post, you might also enjoy these.