An Unexpected Upscale Garden Junk Orb, Thanks to a Broken Barrel!

Spring is in the air on the west coast! And I couldn't wait to get outdoors and start to pretty things up!
As I was shuffling (the Christmas tree into the back of my truck...) stuff about, I moved a garden barrel out of the way.... and...
It broke into a million pieces. Oops.
Which led to TWO very unexpected projects that are having me feel very upscale suddenly...
All thanks to a broken barrel! Who knew?
Welcome to my garden... with my new/old fancy schmancy garden junk orb!
Me... with a modern sculpture... who am I again?
Well, it sure didn't start off that way.
As I was shuffling stuff during my big outdoor cleanup, this poor barrel didn't make it. The wood was just too far gone.
Pouting, I started cleaning it up, when a grand brainstorm hit...
The rims were tied at the ends with twine...
Then twisted.
Then more twine woven in between the rims.
No way... would this really work?!
Edited to add: I attempted to drill through the metal so it could be bolted together, but it didn't work... so twine it is! Whatever works, right?!
I plunked it into place, and wow... I felt oh so very upscale!
Well wouldja lookit that... Now I'm glad the barrel didn't make it....
Because I like the garden junk orb even better!
As for that broken barrel's wood?
It was feeling left out, so it became something really special too!
Click HERE to see what other upscale piece of junk transpired...
And if (broken?) junk entices you... fee free to check out what else broke and became instant art HERE
I love you, broken stuff... :)

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3 questions
  • Jewellmartin
    on Jul 30, 2017

    Has the twine held up outside? I love your re-inventive spirit! Bless you 😇
  • Jud5287888
    on Jul 8, 2018

    This is going on my to-do list!

    could you also share.....what is the name of the flowering bush? I would like to recreate this picture in my yard!

  • Doreen Kennedy
    on Mar 14, 2019

    I only have one ring so I wonder how I can get my hands on some rings Any suggestions would be helpful?

    • Jane kimak
      on Aug 28, 2020

      Hi Doreen. I made one of these orbs from hula hoops. 3-4. Painted them tied them together like the barrel hoops. worked great. Then I had a bowling ball that i painted gold too. set it in the middle of the hoops to keep it in place. looks great.

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