How to Create Garden Accents

Overview

Garden accents add color, dimension and whimsy to your landscape. You can create accents for your garden with copper, aluminum or brass foil. Craft foils are thin and malleable, so you can cut and shape any number of flowers and garden creatures with this material. Attach your foil creations to metal garden stakes that you can make from copper tubing, or hang them from a tree branch with monofilament wire to decorate your yard or garden.

Step 1

Attach the hummingbird template onto a sheet of copper foil with painter's tape. Trace the outline of the hummingbird onto the foil. If you prefer to make something other than a hummingbird, select any template that you like from the craft store, print one from an online source or cut one from a coloring book.

Step 2

Paint the copper hummingbird as you like with acrylic paints. You can also choose to leave the copper as is; it will gain a greenish patina over time. Decorating the copper hummingbird with acrylics brings accents of color to your garden. Allow the paint to dry.

Step 3

Coat the painted copper hummingbird with exterior polyurethane. Apply the polyurethane with a paint sponge to avoid brush marks. Let the polyurethane dry.

Step 4

Cut the hummingbird shape from the copper with sharp household shears.

Step 5

Cut a 2.5-foot section of copper tubing with a pipe cutter. Bend one end in the shape of a hook.

Step 6

Drill a small hole through the tubing, 3 inches from the tip of the hook. Drill two small holes in the body or the wings of your hummingbird. Space the holes 1/8-inch apart.

Step 7

Cut a 4-inch strip of 24-gauge copper wire. Fold the wire in the center around your finger. Insert each loose end of the wire into a hole in the hummingbird. Thread the wire through the holes until the fold meets the hummingbird. Twist the wire together on the backside of the hummingbird.

Step 8

Insert the twisted wire through the hole on the copper tubing hook. Twist the wire to hold it in place. Insert the copper tubing stake into the ground to accent your garden.

Things You'll Need

  • Hummingbird template
  • Painter's tape
  • Copper foil
  • Marker
  • Acrylic paint
  • Artist's brush
  • Exterior polyurethane
  • Paint sponge
  • Household shears
  • Copper tubing
  • Pipe cutter
  • Drill & small drill bit
  • 24-gauge copper wire
  • Wire cutters

References

  • Working With Copper Tubing

Who Can Help

  • Crafting With Copper Foil
Keywords: copper hummingbird, copper garden accents, craft foil

About this Author

Katherine Kally is a freelance writer specializing in eco-friendly home improvement projects, practical craft ideas and cost effective decorating solutions. As a content creator for Demand Studios and private clientele, Kat's work is featured on sites across the web. Kally holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of South Carolina and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.