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Flamingo hoopla

From NZ Gardener magazine

Rose Hughes comes up with a novel – and pink! – way to throw even more fun into the garden.

Make an hoopla game with flamingos for your garden


You will need:

  • 1.2m - 200mm x 25mm dressed pine
  • 5 x size 15 terracotta pots
  • 2.5m length of #8 wire or similar
  • 1 bag of concrete
  • Green felt
  • 3.2m - 6mm vinyl tubing
  • Washi or electrical tape
  • Paper & pencil
  • Jigsaw
  • Sander and fine sandpaper
  • Drill and drill bit
  • Wood glue
  • Resene Quick Dry Primer
  • Test pots and brushes

Testpot colours: Resene Smitten, Resene White, Resene Black, Resene Abbey Road, Resene Vanilla Ice, Resene Half Dusted Blue and Resene Ciderhouse

Step 1 Step one
Find a suitable flamingo image online, copy and mark out onto the timber. Cut out carefully using the jigsaw. Sand well.
Step 2 Step two
Undercoat with Resene Quick Dry Primer and when dry apply two topcoats to the body. I used Resene Test pots in Smitten, with White and Black for the beaks.
Step 3 Step three
Undercoat the terracotta pots including the inside rim. Apply 2 topcoats. I used Resene Test pots in White, Abbey Road, Vanilla Ice, Half Dusted Blue and Ciderhouse.
Step 5 Step four
Cut the wire into 10 x 250mm lengths. Drill two angled holes into the base of the bodies of each bird. Put a drop of glue into each hole and insert the wire legs. Allow to dry.
Step 6 Step five
With suitable safety gear on, mix concrete. Put a stone to block the drainage hole and pour the concrete into each pot. Insert the bird’s legs into the concrete, ensuring the bodies are level, and allow to dry.
Step 6 Step six
Cut felt circles to cover the concrete, with slits to accommodate the legs. Cut the vinyl tubing into 400mm lengths and join the ends by melting over 6 3 5 a candle or similar. Allow to cool and wrap the rings with electrical or Washi tape in various colours.

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