In our landscape gardeners transformed even the old, leaky barrels, becoming unusual flowerbeds and seats in the Playground. But «healthy» barrels created specifically for collecting rainwater, don’t always fit into the landscape, especially if they are under every eave and gutter. And then the cottagers have to make sacrifices either to close their eyes to estetichnost «pictures», either remove the barrel away, depriving your garden of life-giving water. But that’s only the second option does not fit the owners on whose land there is no Central water supply or wells. One thing remains: to decorate the barrels so that they become part of the landscape, not his «warts».
Before choosing a method of decoration of the barrel, it is necessary to consider the overall design of the place where the installed capacity. If there are broken flower beds, you should look for design options that will work best in a harmonious environment flowers. If the containers near the children’s Playground or recreation area decor can be completely different: bright, provocative, attention -.
Even the most ugly barrel can be inscribed in the landscape, picking up the decor in keeping with the style and colors of the yard
Consider what options clearance of the barrels well look in the area of flower beds.
To ugly metal barrels are not conspicuous, the easiest way their «dissolve» in the landscape, making the most visible. You can just dig a capacity of up to half in the soil, and the upper part of the densely planted shrubs. They will create a green wall, hiding the old metal. But when vipavadee capacity in the ground it is necessary the lower part to roll up in several layers of film to prevent moisture from the soil does not accelerate corrosion of the walls.
The original version of the design can be decorated barrel with moss. This requires a forest, well dried in the shade moss and twine. Starting from the bottom, the moss layers applied to the barrel and fix with twine. One such job is not to cope, as one person will hold the moss on the wall of the container, and the second winding in a circle twine.
Most of vines and other flexible trees weave decorative fences or baskets. But in our case this method can be used for decorating the barrels. Hidden in a willow basket capacity will look spectacular as amid flower gardens and recreation area.
Hidden inside wicker baskets like the barrel will be dissolved in the General landscape, and most effectively this decor looks on plots in rustic style
How to create a willow boxes:
- In the winter, in January it is necessary to prepare the branches. Can willow, dogwood and other shrubs growing in your woods. Try to make it until February, so as not to weaken the tree and later pruning.
- The length of the branches should be enough to spin your barrel (it’s around 1.7-2 meters).
- For the base of the basket and even cut thick branches with a diameter of 2-3 cm For 1 barrel is enough for 7-8 pieces. Their height should be greater than the height capacity of 25-30 cm (to drive the branches into the ground).
- Fold the harvested material until spring under a canopy or in a cold utility room.
- When the soil thawed, you can begin creating the decor. 2-3 days before this cast all the branches (except 8 thick) in a container of water so they are completely submerged. Soaked the stems are well bent and take the desired shape.
- Sharpen the knife 1, the end support sections and drive them into the ground in a circle so that the inside fits a barrel. I.e. the diameter of the base of the basket should be larger than the diameter of the bottom of the barrel by 10 cm.
- Capacity may already be inside (if bulky) or it is inserted after when I’m done weaving.
- Start braiding from the back side, invisible to the eye. The ends of thin twigs nailed to the supporting branches with small nails.
- The essence of weaving: it is necessary to thread each wire vertically between the driven branches so that it passes in front of the rear pegs.
- To sticks got tighter, pristukivaja them on top of a wooden hammer.
If the barrel should be tucked away in the shortest possible time – vackraste it in dark green or spotted (camo) color. On the background of plants such a barrel is almost imperceptible.
Sometimes it is enough to paint the barrel in shades of green foliage or camouflage, and she transformed into a fashion element of landscape design
It happens that the barrels are in a place where there are green spaces, flower beds, and therefore immediately draw attention to themselves. In this case it is necessary to transform the old capacity in a spectacular landscape element that complements the overall picture.
It is desirable in the children’s area such barrels do not put, because filled with water, they represent a danger for the curious, pranksters. Mandatory such containers covered with dense covers that do not will be able to disrupt the child. Cut a round hole in the lid, so that during your absence the rain water flowed into the barrel. But in this case, the capacity must always stand on the same place exactly under the drain water from the drain.
Barrels can paint the most vivid and exciting colors. The easiest way to portray the funny little faces, covering the whole barrel and one color on the background after drawing the eyes, nose and smile. Kids especially like the image of ladybugs, butterflies, frogs. If you cut the stencil (a lot of them on children’s websites in the games section), it is possible to print with a sponge to entire scenes from cartoons.
Bright and playful pattern on the barrel will attract the attention of children, so don’t forget it is necessary to strengthen and cover with a lid for safety
For adult relaxation and children’s drawings on the barrels are not suitable. Too, they are ridiculous against the background of the grill, hammocks, or outdoor furniture. In the area of the barrel it is best to paint with spray paint, creating them a sort of graffiti. It just seems that learning to draw is difficult. Actually, it all depends on technique and accuracy.
Here’s how to do it on the barrel, floral pattern. Buy a few cans of spray paint (the most reliable car painting), rubber gloves and safety glasses to while painting tiny particles of paint with the wind in your eye. One spray should be a light colour (white, pale blue etc.). In the garden narezajut branches of different sizes and type with beautiful shape of the leaves.
Look for trees and shrubs with carved leaf shape, as it gives a beautiful pattern when painting the barrel and makes a real artistic masterpiece
Sandpaper or brush the metal clean up all the corroded places on the barrel. Treat the entire surface of the anticorrosive composition and allowed to dry.
The final step is carried out staining:
- Turn the barrels upside down and put on the platform (chair, table, etc.).
- Applied on the entire outer surface of the container of paint base (very bright), evenly covering it wall.
- When the paint dries on top of it with vertical bars blow out a contrasting background.
- Applied to the wall of the branch and on top of it applied the dark paint. It will form a loop around the leaves and in the middle will be a lighter color.
- So make the outer surface of the container.
- Can leaves apply one layer, and can be on top one to overlay the next (when the first batch of patterns has dried).
- After complete drying of the barrel are inverted and paint the inner surface (about 20-30 cm from the edge). Then the eye won’t throw any old metal, which reduces the visual impact of the picture.
In addition to floral design, barrels can be issued inscriptions, wise sayings, print each word on a printer and cut out letters to make a stencil.
Multi-layered look richer, but to create them takes more time because each layer of paint need to dry
You can create on the surface of the barrel from the landscape any time of year if you select the right colors for summer – green, autumn – yellow, etc.
If the landscape near the house has established a solid, with sculptures, fountains and other paraphernalia, then painted the barrel will look a little bit poor. Here is to use materials that already meet the decor of the area. For example, to impose capacity stone, pebbles or mosaics. Only if you use mosaic or small pebbles choose the right adhesive. It must be frost resistant and be suitable for metal (if metal barrel). Good reviews truckers and got liquid nails. The rest of the conventional technology as when installing any of the mosaic decoration.
Some gardeners are so cleverly hidden the barrel wall under the tile or foam, the product acquires the features of antique and expensive things
From the barrel can make a great pedestal for garden sculpture, covering the upper part of the lid, cut half. It’s enough to put a dwarf or a frog, and will remain a hole for the stack of water. The main decorative material is a polyurethane foam. It can blow any shape of the pedestal like a roller coaster and columns, with the extension top or bottom. It all depends on your imagination.
The main points of the design:
- For a strong coupling with the metal wrap the barrel with grid junctions, and have it blow foam.
- To make the extension cable to the barrel of a plastic bottle and fasten with duct tape a sheet of thin insulation, like izolon.
- Foam is applied in one layer on top of serpyanka and izolon, evenly covering the barrel.
- Wait for 4-5 days until completely dry.
- Extra cut.
- Coat finished pedestal primer, and over – paint for outdoor use.
If any of our ideas piqued your imagination – try to restore your old barrels. You will see how spectacular the item may be old capacity, while retaining the primary function of collecting water.