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

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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...
SPAT!
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?
  • an unexpected upscale garden art orb thanks to a broken barrel, crafts, outdoor furniture, repurposing upcycling
Welcome to my garden... with my new/old fancy schmancy garden junk orb!
Me... with a modern sculpture... who am I again?
  • an unexpected upscale garden art orb thanks to a broken barrel, crafts, outdoor furniture, repurposing upcycling
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...
  • an unexpected upscale garden art orb thanks to a broken barrel, crafts, outdoor furniture, repurposing upcycling
The rims were tied at the ends with twine...
  • an unexpected upscale garden art orb thanks to a broken barrel, crafts, outdoor furniture, repurposing upcycling
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?!
  • an unexpected upscale garden art orb thanks to a broken barrel, crafts, outdoor furniture, repurposing upcycling
I plunked it into place, and wow... I felt oh so very upscale!
  • an unexpected upscale garden art orb thanks to a broken barrel, crafts, outdoor furniture, repurposing upcycling
Well wouldja lookit that... Now I'm glad the barrel didn't make it....
  • an unexpected upscale garden art orb thanks to a broken barrel, crafts, outdoor furniture, repurposing upcycling
Because I like the garden junk orb even better!
As for that broken barrel's wood?
  • an unexpected upscale garden art orb thanks to a broken barrel, crafts, outdoor furniture, repurposing upcycling
It was feeling left out, so it became something really special too!
Click HERE to see what other upscale piece of junk transpired...
  • an unexpected upscale garden art orb thanks to a broken barrel, crafts, outdoor furniture, repurposing upcycling
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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    • Time With Thea
      Time With Thea Canada
      on Mar 7, 2016

      I love orbs in the garden! Your broken barrel definitely became a happy problem! How clever and resourceful you are. It looks fabulous. Much better than the rain barrel!

      • Sandra Crosbie
        Sandra Crosbie Ireland
        on Mar 7, 2016

        That is a great idea. I too have a barrel, though it's a half barrel. It's in my front garden, it's giving up slowly, It's full of plants ,potting compost and sometimes ants. I will have to put it out of it's misery when the weather allows. Otherwise I'm going to have a barrel explosion in the garden. You gave me inspiration for the rings. Thank you.