Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Recycling to make a beautiful garden feature!

I have always loved chimneas, but in the hot humid tropics any extra form of heat seems superfluous and in fact downright silly.
We do however have mosquitoes, and at this time of the year always have mosquito coils burning....... along with a couple of citronella candles,....... along with personal insect repellent on really bad evenings.
So.. I was eying these palm fronds that just lie around the bases of palm trees and end up in the landfill. I nabbed this one from a friend and voila - a tropical chimnea :)

This is what it looked like in the raw...

I cut the bottom end straight and glued it to a pot base. My hubby very kindly spray painted it with a terracotta colour spray paint.

It puts out a lovely glowing light, the candle is protected from the wind and best of all the outlay was a can of spray paint!


  1. Hey, what a good idea and a great piece of art! I was eyeing that striking orange home decor item and wanted to comment about it here when I read how you have recycled and made it yourself. Well done, girl and Cheers to you!

  2. I like your Einstein quote at the sidebar too. It is such a positive sign.

  3. Autumnbelle - thank you and thank you! :)

  4. You are quite the folk artist. Recycled, efficient and free. It has it all. Nice.

  5. Looks delightful, what a great idea!

  6. OMG...I see so many of these lying about and such creativity never entered my head!! It's so beautiful, especially with the candle and spray paint.

    Was browsing round Blotanical and i'm glad I stopped by. Loved the photo of the bird too!


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