Garden DIY: Make Cheap Garden Buddas

This cheap but sophisticated DIY from Lydia at Pudel Design has my head going about what other shapes and items I might be able to make into a fantastic collection of garden art.    (though I have to admit — the buddas are great!)

Lydia was inspired by this …. (a display at anthropologie)

anthropoligie budda heads

and with the help of these…

buddah heads

and this guy – plus some plaster, paint, dowels and wood.


She created this display….

budda head display for the garden
For the garden I think I would change it up a bit to make the stakes or dowels longer and maybe I might use some driftwood or another piece of interesting wood on which to mount a figure but overall I am inspired by the idea of filling cheap ornaments with plaster in order to create a mount for them, and then painting them in a uniform color.

For a full how to, see Lydia’s post at Pudel Design.

What do you have on hand that would make a great garden ornament like this?

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.
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