Thursday, October 31, 2013

Create a garden rain chain

by Debra Anchors

Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by contraption 
A rain chain downspout is a wonderful way to manage water run-off around the home.  Rain chains are easy to make, and can be a beautiful addition to your garden.








Image Credit: Ann Arbor Chronicle 
Rain chains can work in almost any environment; even in the winter. When rainwater flows down a rain chain and it turns to ice, the water will form a beautiful icicle; whereas, when traditional waterspouts freeze, they become ineffective.













When purchased at retail, rain chains can cost hundreds of dollars.  The instructional video below, from Michelle Kaufmann, is an excellent source to use when creating your own DIY, decorative rain chain.

You will need:





Note:  For convenience, I have embedded links into the materials list & instructions that will take you to the products used in this project.

Recycle, upcycle and do it yourself? Absolutely! Have you upcycled something unique for your garden from recycled materials? Please share it with me so I can feature your creation here.

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Until next time -
Debra

Friday, July 26, 2013

Child safety cap for the top rail of your swimming pool - DIY

by Debra Anchors

This may be a bit of a stretch to use as an upcycled garden style topic, but I have a swimming pool tucked into my gardens so am including this DIY upcycle project here. Even if I had been able to find something at retail, I doubt if it would have cost less than $25!

I was concerned that our little people would catch their fingers on the metal top rail of the swimming pool so I constructed a cushioned guard that not only covers any sharp metal joints, but also serves as a bumper of sorts. Do you notice the potential hazard for little fingers here?

Ours is an 18 foot diameter pool, so I picked-up Wacky Noodle Floats, enough to cover the top rail of our swimming pool.  Find the circumference of your pool by multiplying pi by the diameter of your pool (or in this case, 3.14 x 18 ft. = 56.52 ft.). To determine the number of pool noodles you will need, take the circumference of your pool (feet) and multiply by 12 (to find number of inches). Divide that sum by the length of your pool noodle (in inches). Purchase a few more wacky noodles than you need so you can fit the ends together snuggly.

I used a firm yardstick to mark and ensure a straight line on each noodle.  If your line is not straight, you will have a challenge getting each noodle to fit the rail without twisting.  Carefully cut along each line with a utility knife.




Once you have your noodle floats cut, you are ready to install them around the top rail of your pool.







The noodles do tend to “shrink” a bit in the sun. Be certain to squeeze the seams together as much as possible.

 

If you have more Wacky Noodle Float material than you need, when you reach the end of your circumference, just cut off the excess with your utility knife.

What do you think?



Note:  For convenience, I have embedded links into the materials list & instructions that will take you to the products used in this project.

Recycle, upcycle and do it yourself? Absolutely! Have you upcycled something unique for your garden from recycled materials? Please share it with me so I can feature your creation here.


If you enjoy this website, you might like my magazine, Gardening Life. AND, don’t miss my more traditional gardening website, Gardens Inspired.

I hope you found inspiration today. Remember to subscribe, so you won't miss a thing!

Until next time -
Debra