Take one section of a tree trunk, a cheap concrete stepping stone from a garden centre, some exterior tile grout/adhesive and a handful of broken tiles, coloured glass or mirror, plus glass pebbles if you like.
Together they make wonderfully colourful and durable garden seating, which lasts for years no matter what the weather.
Here’s how to make your own:
- spread a layer of tile adhesive onto your stepping stone, taking it a small section at a time so your adhesive doesn’t dry out
- make your glass or mirror fragments safe by putting them in a bucket with a handful of sand and a couple of litres of water. Swill it around for 30 seconds and all the sharp edges are made safe. You can also do the same with your broken tiles
- stick on your tile, glass or mirror pieces so they make a mosaic pattern with small gaps in between – it’s a bit like doing a jigsaw
- let the whole thing dry for 24 hours to be on the safe side
- mix some grout and spread it over your design with an old kitchen sponge, pushing it into the gaps
- wipe off the excess with an old t-shirt or lint-free cloth
- when it’s half dry, wipe off the rest of the excess so the tiles or glass pieces are clean
- when it’s completely dry, you can polish off the remainder of the grout, if any is left, with another old t-shirt or even a sock
- balance your masterpiece on top of a chunk of tree trunk. I got our free from a bloke down our road who had cut down a tree and was going to take the pieces to the tip
- That’s it! Simples.
I made these ten years ago and they’re still going strong. Two of the coldest winters on record later, they’re a bit chipped. But the chips go green over time and look beautiful.