Our readers who follow us on Instagram will know that we have seen lots of amazing garden sculptures recently. First, during our visit to the wonderful Abbey House Gardens in Malmesbury, where both the formal and woodland gardens are home to some wonderful pieces, and since, at the incredible Elemental Sculpture Park, Somerford Keynes.
Both visits have really inspired us to try our hand at making some sculpture for our own garden. We started with a Chicken Wire and Moss Toadstool which turned out to be really simple to make.
How to Make a Chicken Wire and Moss Toadstool
To start, I folded an old piece of chicken wire into four to make a square. I then wrapped it around a bowl to give a rough shape of a toadstool. Although I did then have to open the wire up again to remove the bowl, I think it still really helped to get the basic form.
Once the shape was filled with moss, I folded the wire in, underneath, to hold the moss in place. Using a pencil to make little planting holes, I planted tiny succulents straight into the top.
To make the stem for the moss toadstool, I used another piece of chicken wire. This time I folded the wire in half, and then rolled it up into a tube, lining the final third with a little more moss.
From start to finish, our chicken wire and moss toadstool only took about half an hour to complete. It was super easy to make, and it really does look fabulous. I plan to move it to a more shaded area of the garden, which will be a nicer habitat for the moss, and hope that it will continue to grow and develop over time.
And for more living sculpture ideas take a look at the amazing Willow Wand which is a beautiful piece of living art.