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18 DIY Garden Sculpture Plans You Can Build Today (with Pictures)

Metallic bird garden structure

Colorful flowers and lush vegetation are the showcases of the garden, but almost any backyard could use more permanent artistic elements to tie the landscaping together. Garden sculptures are lasting displays, enduring pops of color and form to show off your personality in ways that floral arrangements never could.

You can buy your sculptures at a local home improvement or crafts store, but it’s far more satisfying to build them yourself. Add essential hints of character to your backyard with these inspiring DIY garden sculpture plans you can build today.

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The 18 DIY Garden Sculpture Plans

1. Concrete Garden Fish

Concrete Garden Fish
Image Credit: Instructables
Tools and Materials:
  • CementAll
  • Plastic 1-pint bottle
  • Utility knife
  • 1/4″ hardware wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Masking tape
  • Small container
  • Plastic forks, knives, and a straw
  • Plastic netting from oranges or vegetables
  • Spray bottle
  • 3/8″ x 1 ft. rebar pieces
  • Acrylic paint
  • Water-based polyurethane or concrete sealer

Difficulty: Intermediate

Whether you’re a marine lover or not, these garden fish made from plastic bottles are a quirky and joyous addition to anyone’s lawn. The examples in the pictures look impressive, but they’re surprisingly easy to replicate if you follow the clever tips and tricks in the tutorial. Make a school of fish, add some acrylic paints, and tinker with the tints to create a sea of colors for your yard.

2. Planter/Birdbath Combo

Planter Birdbath Combo
Image Credit: Cool Creativity
Tools and Materials:
  • 8” tall terra cotta pot for the base
  • (4) 6” tall pots
  • 4”-5” tall pot
  • 62” piece of rebar
  • Spray primer
  • Spray paint
  • Discarded globe from light
  • Adhesive

Difficulty: Easy

Add some fun to your garden with this teetering flower planter and birdbath working together in one piece. A hidden piece of rebar creates the illusion, and a smooth coat of paint and playful flower adornments make the tower a delightful attention-grabber. It’s simple to make, and the results are impressive, a sculpture that brings color and life to your garden.

3. Wooden Garden Obelisk

Wooden Garden Obelisk
Image Credit: Gorgeous with Grace
Tools and Materials:
  • (4) 2x2x8
  • (6) 2x1x8
  • Decorative post top
  • Wood screws
  • Stain or paint
  • Wood saw

Difficulty: Easy

A garden obelisk is a classic garden feature, and you can save hundreds on the cost by building your own. Use a collection of 2x1s to create a pyramid frame and add a decorative top and a coat of paint for a fashionable feature. Position it among creeping, vining plants to give them a skyscraping foundation to crawl up.

4. Wheelbarrow Planter

Wheelbarrow Planter
Image Credit: How to Specialist
Tools and Materials:
  • Miter saw
  • Drill
  • 1×6 lumber
  • 2×2 lumber
  • 1×8 lumber
  • 1×10 lumber
  • ½” wooden rod

Difficulty: Intermediate

A wheelbarrow planter is a fantastic adult crafts project, a whimsical addition to the garden that’s fun to build. It has some function if you use quality materials and precision during construction. But the primary purpose is aesthetics, a generous amount of growing space for a standalone raised flower bed or collection of potted plants.

5. Giant Garden Coneflower

Giant Garden Coneflower
Image Credit: Empress of Dirt
Tools and Materials:
  • Metal pie plate and cake pan
  • Aluminum flashing
  • Metal spray paint
  • Acrylic paint
  • Glue
  • Glass gems
  • Wire
  • Wood stem
  • Hole puncher
  • Scissors
  • Brass fasteners
  • Screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Wood screws

Difficulty: Easy

Coneflowers are a popular component of many flower beds, a pretty umbrella-shaped bloom attractive to not only gardeners but also bees and hummingbirds. While pollinators may not be drawn to the garden coneflower art in these plans, the oversized floral sculptures are as gorgeous as the real thing.

6. Copper Trellis

Copper Trellis
Image Credit: 33 Shades of Green
Tools and Materials:
  • (7) 5′ long 1/2 diameter copper pipes
  • (24) copper tees; 1/2″ size
  • (4) end caps; 1/2″ size
  • (4) 45 degree connectors; 1/2″ size
  • (2) 90 degree connectors; 1/2″ size
  • Gorilla Glue
  • Pipe or tube cutter

Difficulty: Easy

The metallic glint of copper will catch the eye in this DIY trellis, a gorgeous complement to lush green plants weaving around the metal frame as they creep up the structure. It can be tricky getting used to the pipe cutter, though, and the glue takes a while to set. Your patience will pay off when you see the gorgeous yet subtle patina highlighting your garden growth.

7. Oversized Outdoor Pinwheels

Oversized Outdoor Pinwheels
Image Credit: Crafting My Home
Tools and Materials:
  • Colored plastic binder dividers
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • 3” nails
  • Smoothie straws
  • Square dowels

A DIY sculpture project can fall apart when you don’t consider the outdoor elements. With these weatherproof giant pinwheels, you won’t have to worry about harsh rain or cold ruining them right away. The creative design incorporating heavy plastic binder dividers is sturdy if you give it a solid hold in the ground, giving you a brilliant display when the wind picks up.

8. Concrete Garden Statue

Concrete Garden Statue
Image Credit: Garden Guides
Tools and Materials:
  • Concrete
  • Peat moss
  • Sand
  • Poly fibers
  • Silica fumes
  • Wire mesh
  • Hardware cloth
  • Plastic sheeting

Difficulty: Advanced

There is a lot of inherent freedom in these concrete statue plans, offering perspectives and general directions rather than step-by-step instructions for specific results. The results are uncertain, and it can take some trial and error to get them right. If you have the fortitude to keep it up, making garden sculptures like this can turn into an excellent hobby.

9. Chicken Wire & Moss Toadstool

Chicken Wire and Moss Toadstool
Image Credit: Craft Invaders
Tools and Materials:
  • Bamboo canes
  • Chicken wire
  • Moss
  • Succulents

Difficulty: Easy

Take a break from artificial art and try to make organic creations like a moss toadstool. The chicken wire acts as a frame for moss and succulents, resulting in a quaint table of rich colors and textures.

10. Giant Face Sculpture

Giant Face Sculpture
Image Credit: Made by Barb
Tools and Materials:
  • Concrete
  • Styrofoam
  • Utility knife

Difficulty: Intermediate

The technical side of this huge concrete face sculpture isn’t demanding, but you might need some artistic chops if you want to execute a lifelike visage! Fortunately, making it is much easier than you might expect once you get used to working with styrofoam. The form doesn’t have to be perfect and finessing it into a believable face after you make the mold may be a surprisingly simple task even if it’s your first foray into sculpting. When you get the first one out of the way, a later tutorial walks you through an easy way to make duplicates of your face sculpture to fill out your yard.

11. Colorful Garden Globes

Colorful Garden Globes
Image Credit: Hometalk
Tools and Materials:
  • Lighting globes
  • Mason jar lids
  • Adhesive caulk
  • Flat-sided marbles, river rocks, or other media
  • Paint
  • Water sealant

Difficulty: Easy

The gleaming gloss of these garden globes can add kaleidoscopic arrays of metallic and glassy glints to your garden. There are tons of materials to use as decoration, from marbles and glass bits to beads and seashells. Make it a fun project for the kids or make a collection yourself to space out among your flowers and shrubs.

12. DIY Concrete Gnome

Make A Concrete Gnome
Image Credit: Artsyprettyplants
Tools and Materials:
  • Cement
  • Play sand
  • Trouser sock
  • Small elastics
  • Flat head nails
  • Jute rope
  • Pool noodles
  • Jersey knit material
  • A cup of water
  • Aluminum foil
  • Paint
  • Paper towels

Difficulty: Easy to intermediate

Gnomes are always a fun and sweet ornament to add to your garden, and the underground creatures are believed to be a good omen. You can easily make one or more on your own to bring you luck with this tutorial. It explains how you can use a nylon sock or stocking to create a concrete garden gnome ornament.

You will fill it with cement and work the cement within the stocking to form the gnome’s feet and nose, which makes it suitable for the outdoors. You can also personalize it with some outdoor paint, choose your gnome’s hair, and add some embellishments.

13. Easy Cement Orbs

create your own cement orbs
Image Credit: adirondackgirlatheart
Tools and Materials:
  • Concrete mix
  • Glass globes
  • Bucket
  • Drill attachment to mix concrete

Difficulty: Easy

A collection of various-sized concrete globes can add structure and color to your garden. Mixing and pouring concrete to make these garden globes is easier than you may expect, so you can really have fun with this project. You can create globes of all sizes and spread them around your garden beds to add something different and eye-catching. You can also consider keeping them plain and placing them strategically so that they look like glowing orbs when the sun goes down.

14. Willow Arbor

Willow arbor
Image Credit: Better Homes & Gardens
Tools and Materials:
  • Variety of sticks and branches
  • Nails
  • Loppers
  • Pruning shears

Difficulty: Easy

Due to its inventiveness and organic appearance, rustic furniture constructed from twigs and logs has been a favorite for decades and continues to be popular today. With a DIY willow arbor, you can give your landscape some interest all year round. This straightforward arbor design is easily customizable and can be done on a weekend.

The tutorial tells you exactly what size sticks you need, so you can’t go wrong. Once you are done, you can add some fairy lights or flowers to personalize it. The satisfaction and ease of this project will likely have you wanting to prune your garden more often so that you can create more just like it!

15. Enchanted Wood Nymph

Enchanting nymph ornament
Image Credit: ACraftyMix
Tools and Materials:
  • Silicone
  • Cornstarch
  • Old ceramic or plastic doll as a mold
  • Scrap piece of wood
  • Plastic knife for mixing
  • Mixing container
  • Caulking gun
  • Sharp knife
  • Super glue
  • Gloves

Difficulty: Easy to intermediate

Adding enchanted creatures to your landscape can help your garden flourish and create a peaceful haven, and this wood nymph structure will likely be a favorite! Nymphs can be seen as a representation of the delicate beauty of nature, which is a great reminder to have every day. This tutorial shows you how you can make your unique wood nymph using two ingredients and an old doll. You can place it against an old tree in your garden where it can look over your landscape.

16. Tree Branch Succulent Sculpture

DIY tree branch planters for succulents
Image Credit: thesucculenteclectic
Tools and Materials:
  • Tree branch
  • Saw
  • Drill
  • Spade bit
  • Sponge brush
  • Newspaper
  • Waxed paper
  • Varnish, moss
  • Succulents

Difficulty: Easy

Branches from trees have such a sculptural beauty, and you can use any old branches to create this amazing and natural sculpture for your succulents. If you don’t have any branches lying around, you can ask neighbors or your local tree trimming service.  Don’t be afraid of the size; the bigger, the better to create an eye-catching natural structure for your garden. This DIY requires real tools than you may have anticipated, but it is a fun project, and the results will last.

17. Glass Totem Pole

Triangle wine glass with blue base
Image Credit: fiberartsy
Tools and Materials:
  • Glass vases
  • Wine glasses
  • Candle holders
  • Silicone caulk
  • Colored glass gems

Difficulty: Easy

Totem poles are monuments that reflect and remember lineage, histories, individuals, or events, but you can adorn your landscape with one or more of them purely for their artistic beauty. This tutorial shows you a simple method for turning your garden into a work of original art! Using only glassware from the charity store and clear silicone caulk, you can create your own glass totem in a matter of hours. With glass balls and rounded shapes, you can make yours in a range of sizes and shapes or make each one unique. You don’t want it to topple over, so it will be more durable if the base is heavier.

18. Garden Pagoda

Easy garden pagoda
Image Credit: Instructables
Tools and Materials:
  • Stepping stones
  • Wood
  • Cinder blocks
  • Slate patio stone
  • Tumbled paver
  • Round rocks

Difficulty: Easy

Pagodas are beautiful Indian structures that represent the way to heightened perception and awareness. It is a lucky symbol representing knowledge, harmony, and peace. While they are usually large structures, you can add your own take on a pagoda to add a peaceful and interesting charm to your landscape. This tutorial guides you on how you can assemble a pagoda that will stand 35″ tall. However, you can customize it to your design and size to suit your landscape.

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If you want to give your green thumb a rest, a garden sculpture is a pleasant project to fill out a free afternoon. There are few material demands and with some brilliant takes on repurposed household items, you can create fascinating forms with minimal effort. Use these DIY garden sculpture plans as inspiration or follow them through to completion, and you’ll yield some incredible artwork you’ll want to show off!

Featured Image Credit: Wirestock Creators, Shutterstock


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