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Has anyone ever seen or heard of garden posts, or totem posts for your garden? I had not until I noticed one in a friend’s garden. I LOVED it. It was colorful, and positive and I wanted one…BAAAD.
I got onto Amazon to check them out..they are a bit pricey between $55-over $100, depending on the size. I thought…”I bet I could make one of these!” (see one here on Amazon).
The ones I researched were made of PVC, so I hopped on the internet to check the cost of that material and it was still quite pricey. Then it dawned on me, I could use a wood post!
I went to my local hardware store (Lowe’s) and purchased a treated wood post 4″x4″x8′. This way I’d be able to make TWO of them!
I also purchased a small 2 Gallon bucket (similar to this) and some 80lb Quickcrete (like this), that I purchased from Lowe’s as well. Initially I intended to burry the entire bucket, but changed my mind later (you’ll see, keep reading).
If I was going to make this post bright and beautiful I also needed some paint. (Here is the paint I ordered). It’s meant for painting rocks, so I am assuming it should hold up on the wood. I already had paint brushes, (similar to these), so I didn’t have to buy new ones.
List of Materials:
- 2 Gallon bucket (or bucket of your choice)
- 4″x4″x8ft wooden post
- Concrete mix
- Outdoor tolerable paint
- Paint brushes
- Planter (optional)
- Flowers or plant to plant around base (optional)
Pictured below are products I used or similar to the ones I used.
Most of these materials can be found on online at Amazon, or your local hardware store. I used a combination of both. The materials I had to buy cost me about $37, because I already had the paint brushes, soil, flowers, and pot. That is a heck of a lot cheaper than buying one already made!
- Cut the post in half making it 4ft vs 8ft. (Now I’ll be able to make two of them). I originally began by using a hand saw…that didn’t work out too well, so I switched to an electric saw. (Like this), and it was a bit scary, but I did it! I had one kid sitting on each end of the post to hold it still; I also recommend using eye protection.
- Mix the concrete. I poured some dry mix in the bucket, maybe about 6 inches deep. Then, in a separate bucket, I poured dry mix and added some water (read the bag for mixing instructions). I mostly estimated everything, hoping it’d all work out.
- Stabilize the post. I used some scrap wood I had to be sure the post would stay upright while I poured the concrete and would stay until it dried. If you want to get real technical, be sure to use a level. (I did not, so it’s a bit slanted, but I’m okay with that.)
- Pour concrete into bucket. Once the concrete is to proper consistency (use instructions on bag) pour into the bucket surrounding the post. I used a plastic planter to scoop and pour.
- Let dry. Instructions suggest allowing 24 hours to dry. Make sure to store in a place it won’t get wet if it’s suppose to rain.
- Start painting! I drew the initial picture and wording I wanted and then painted. I do suggest painting a background color first if you want. I put some wording on first making it difficult to paint around it. With a little patience it worked out though.
- Give it a home. Decide where to show case the new masterpiece.
Consider these options when placing the post:
- Burry it in the ground
- Put in a planter and cover with dirt and flowers
- Spray paint/decorate the bucket and leave as is
I like that I will be able to move my garden post wherever and whenever. I’ll also be able to take it with me if we decide to move!
This took me a total of three days to complete. One reason, I allowed for the concrete to completely dry for 24 hours before moving the post inside to paint. Secondly, I had to tend to my four children, therefore, taking many, many breaks along the way.
I do think it’s a great idea to take breaks, not only for the sake of saving your body from cramping and hurting (thank you mid-30’s) but allowing time for the brain to think and recoup. I came up with more great ideas after taking breaks of what I’d like to paint on my garden post.
Well…what do you think? I am so in love with it and excited to make another one! If you try this, please share it with us on our Facebook page: @Plant Mom Wannabe, or hop on over to PlantMomWannabe on Pinterest and show us there!
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