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A New Patio From The Ground Up
Viewed 9054 times since Thu, May 17, 2012
A New Patio From The Ground Up Does your patio look tatty and uninviting? This rebuild will inspire you to get the party cooking. What you need to install the pavers Smartstone Estcourt pavers (500 x 500mm), sandstone Smartstone Huguenot... Read More
A tall Order - metal plant and light stand
Viewed 8398 times since Wed, Sep 26, 2012
A tall Order - metal plant and light stand     The Top Team was so inspired by Spanish product designer, Alberto Sanchez' ROOTS gardens that they fired up the welder and designed their own version this month This reversible, three... Read More
Adirondack Patio Set
Viewed 4152 times since Fri, May 23, 2014
Adirondack Patio Set Featured in the May 2011 edition of The Gardener. Imagine sitting on your comfortable Adirondack chair looking out over the mountains and contemplating nature – that’s just what Thomas Lee had in mind when he... Read More
Bamboo water feature DIY
Viewed 12361 times since Wed, Oct 24, 2012
Simply Zen Make a bamboo water feature in six easy steps. What you need Bamboo – approx. 80 to 90mm diameter Bamboo – approx. 50 to 60mm diameter Fibreglass sump (available from garden centres) or pond liner Submersible pump ... Read More
Branching Out - A shelf inspired by trees
Viewed 11037 times since Tue, Sep 25, 2012
Branching Out - A shelf inspired by trees Inspired by French designer, Olivier Dolle, our DIY Top Team make a shelf for gardening books SHOPPING LIST Pine battens in the following sizes: 2 x 800 x 145 x 35 mm 1 x 600 x 145 x 35 mm 2 x... Read More
Bucket water feature DIY
Viewed 8687 times since Mon, Oct 22, 2012
A bucketful of water This small water feature is simple to make and will add the sensory element of running water to a special spot in your garden What you need •1 x 20l galvanized bucket with a sturdy handle •1 x 1m length 15mm copper... Read More
Build a concrete bench
Viewed 6301 times since Mon, Jan 27, 2014
Build a concrete bench A secluded spot, out of direct sunlight, is the perfect place for a garden bench. A well-placed bench invites you to sit and admire your garden and it also acts as a focal point. This concrete bench is made in three separate... Read More
Build a fire pit
Viewed 13572 times since Thu, Mar 28, 2013
Fabulous Fire Pit Materials 1 bag PPC Cement 2 bags building sand 2 bags river sand 2 m reinforcing wire (Brickforce) 64 fire bricks 24 cobbles Tools Bricklaying trowel Float Builders line Pencil Spirit level Rubber mallet Clever planning during... Read More
Build a floating shelf
Viewed 10472 times since Thu, May 31, 2012
Build a floating shelf This floating shelf is perfect for any wall. It can be used as a server, or to display a prized collection of plants. This is how you can make one. Materials Shutter board for mould, as follows: Base: 1000 x 500 x 022 mm... Read More
Build a garden scullery
Viewed 20504 times since Thu, Aug 29, 2013
Build a garden scullery Convert a neglected corner of your courtyard into a prep and wash up area. As long as you have a solid wall, a water supply and somewhere for the water to drain away, this DIY project is for you! Materials 2.2 kg Builders... Read More
Build a pond
Viewed 12435 times since Fri, Sep 7, 2012
Build a pond   As the team settled in for yet another busy and exciting year, they decided that they needed somewhere quiet and peaceful to spend precious 'time out' moments to catch their breath and recharge their batteries. What... Read More
Build a Swing Bench
Viewed 13310 times since Thu, May 31, 2012
Build a Swing Bench Here's just the thing for lounging around on while you read your favourite gardening magazine. After a shopping trip to Builders, construct this swing chair in stages, first make the basic frame, then attach the sides,... Read More
Build a Table Terrarium
Viewed 23655 times since Thu, Aug 29, 2013
Table Terrarium This table terrarium is a fascinating alternative to a traditional flat-topped table and definitely calls for a new take on the old saying of ‘have your cake and eat it’ – we think something along the lines of &lsquo... Read More
Build an outdoor shower
Viewed 10565 times since Thu, Mar 14, 2013
Shower Power It is wonderful to be able to rinse off under a cold shower after a morning spent gardening in the heat of summer. With this rustic outdoor shower the woven wattle panels provide a degree of privacy and blend in with the garden... Read More
Build your own pizza oven
Viewed 95957 times since Mon, Oct 22, 2012
Pizza Pizzazz Build your own pizza oven, with help from Topline's quality tools The function of a masonry oven is to trap and radiate heat from a fire, built inside the oven. The design of a pizza oven is heat-efficient, allowing the use of... Read More
Building a pyramid trellis
Viewed 27853 times since Wed, Apr 11, 2012
Building a pyramid trellis Pyramid Schemes that Really Work These pyramid-shaped trellises are attractive décor items, elegant supports for climbing plants, and intriguing frames for topiary. Head off to your local Builders for the... Read More
Building floating steps
Viewed 22536 times since Mon, Jan 27, 2014
Building floating steps A front entrance should be the most welcoming part of a garden and ‘floating’ steps leading up to the front door certainly lend maximum appeal. Make sure the size of the steps is in scale with the size of the door... Read More
Concrete leaf art
Viewed 35965 times since Wed, Mar 14, 2012
Make organic art with leaves and cement Follow these simple guidelines to make a leaf-shaped bird bath or garden sculpture                   ... Read More
Copper spiral water feature DIY
Viewed 17525 times since Mon, Oct 22, 2012
Spiral spray Create a unique water feature by twisting soft-rolled copper piping into interesting shapes This copper fountain spray can be made as big or small as you wish. The water holes can be drilled to different sizes depending on the effect... Read More
Festive Chandelier
Viewed 3405 times since Thu, May 17, 2012
With a few simple products make this stunning chandelier. What You Need 1 split woven edging panel 5 small plastic pot holders in red (11cm) 2 core 0.5mm ripcord 5 x straight down lights 5 x 10 watt halogen lamps 3-prong plug 2 x strip... Read More
Fired up - making a portable fire
Viewed 9978 times since Fri, Sep 28, 2012
Fired up - making a portable fire A portable fire pit is the perfect addition to your deck or patio, especially on chilly nights. Our Top Team built this durable, affordable fire pit over a weekend. And so can you! SHOPPING LIST 4 x 450 x 250 x... Read More
Grouting outdoor paving
Viewed 56274 times since Mon, Jan 27, 2014
Grouting outdoor paving Using cement to grout the pavers for an outdoor entertainment area makes it long lasting and gives it that finishing touch we all strive for. What you need 5 kg PPC cement river sand for base 1 bag plaster sand Sandstone... Read More
Installing Cobbled Edging
Viewed 33471 times since Mon, Jan 27, 2014
Installing Cobbled Edging Before After It is attention to detail that makes a good garden great, and well-laid edging is certainly a prerequisite. Cobbles are easy to install and come in a... Read More
Instant upgrading of a utility area
Viewed 32786 times since Wed, Nov 27, 2013
Instant style Upgrade unsightly garden spaces using ready-to-assemble kits, paving and plants Utility areas no longer need to be hidden at the back of the garden behind a building, or screened off with plants, as they can now... Read More
Kiddies garden makeover
Viewed 21950 times since Thu, Aug 29, 2013
Toy Story in 3-D It gladdens your heart when you send out a plea to the industry to help revamp a pre-school’s playground and so many come to the party. When this makeover started the playground was a dustbowl – testimony to the daily... Read More
Make a living patio screen
Viewed 6931 times since Fri, Apr 13, 2012
Make a living patio screen Filled with colourful, healthy plants this pot rack is guaranteed to brighten up an ailing area of your patio. Should you wish to change the colours or theme of your patio all you need do is replace the plants with those... Read More
Make a pebble inlay around a fire pit
Viewed 10043 times since Thu, Mar 28, 2013
Pebble Inlay Materials 1 bag PPC cement 1 bag plaster sand 2 bags charcoal pebbles Tools Bricklaying trowel Rubber mallet Sponge To add a decorative element, we circled the fire pit with a bed of pebbles laid in cement. This is how it is done. ... Read More
Make a Sun Lounger
Viewed 5460 times since Thu, Aug 29, 2013
Make a Sun Lounger This stylish sun lounger and table combo is perfect for long summer days around the pool, and when the cold weather hits, it stacks neatly against a wall. Be sure to visit your local Builders for materials, as soon as possible,... Read More
Make A Table With Pots And Glass
Viewed 6610 times since Thu, May 17, 2012
Make A Table With Pots And Glass Mount polished glass on garden pots to make an instant and affordable table. Add vinyl stickers to lift it to another dimension. What You Need 8mm polished all round clear glass from PG Glass, cut in either a... Read More
Make your own Hypertufa pots
Viewed 10822 times since Mon, Jan 27, 2014
Make your own Hypertufa pots Hypertufa, which was invented for use in alpine gardens, is a manufactured substitute for tufa – the porous rock that forms around mineral water springs. Alpine gardeners traditionally used antique animal water troughs... Read More
Make your own Paver Planter
Viewed 13649 times since Thu, May 31, 2012
Make your own Paver Planter Making a planter out of pavers is a simple process – you simply glue the pavers together, reinforce the glue with some screws and then get down to planting. We made the pavers, and we made a plan so that some of our... Read More
Quick and easy water feature DIY
Viewed 12115 times since Mon, Oct 22, 2012
Quick and easy water feature Let your imagination run wild and build your own water feature by making a simple mould and filling it with concrete mix Before What you need 1 m copper piping 1 round fibreglass pond (900 mm diameter) ... Read More
Quick DIY: Trendy Planter
Viewed 13620 times since Thu, Aug 29, 2013
Quick DIY: Trendy Planter Gardeners are an innovative lot, always looking for new ways to grow and display plants. Here’s a way to upcycle an old pallet into a fun planter that will make an unusual feature in the veggie or flower garden, as... Read More
Recycled Wine Bottle Torch
Viewed 41564 times since Thu, Aug 29, 2013
Recycled Wine Bottle Torch Add ambiance to your outdoor evenings while you keep mosquitoes at bay with this citronella oil torch WHAT TO DO Decide where the torch is to be... Read More
Revamping an outdoor entertainment braai area
Viewed 8594 times since Thu, Aug 30, 2012
Revamping an outdoor entertainment braai area   Are thoughts of picnicking in the sand and braaiing in the dust leaving you feeling decidedly unenthusiastic about outdoor entertaining? With summer heading our way fast eating outdoors will be so... Read More
Slate water feature DIY
Viewed 10381 times since Mon, Oct 22, 2012
Slated with pizzazz This water feature is very easy to build and you can tailor it to suit your own space and style. What you need •Sump – this is buried in the ground and provides a small 'pond' for the pump to operate in ... Read More
Tea Light Tree
Viewed 6348 times since Thu, May 17, 2012
A simple Christmas tree shape lit up with candles always adds festive cheer to any occasion and will be a delightful addition to your patio. What You Need Pine battens, 32mmx32mm as indicated on the tree 2 x pine battens 400mm x 75mm x 42mm for... Read More
The x-factor - build a designer stool
Viewed 8710 times since Tue, Sep 25, 2012
The x-factor Inspired by the 50s X-base design, our Top Team makes versatile stools for an urban patio The bold design of this 50s inspired slat bench will suit any urban patio. The crossed legs allow for maximum stability, especially when used... Read More
Turn a ladder into a striking display unit
Viewed 11155 times since Mon, Oct 22, 2012
Stop and Stair Turn a ladder into a striking display unit Light aluminium ladders are taking over from the heavy, wooden variety as the ladder of choice. However, a discarded wooden ladder can easily be recycled into a trendy shelving system... Read More
Watering can makeover
Viewed 4758 times since Wed, Apr 4, 2012
Watering can makeover   This aluminium watering can was given a makeover in a flash. Inspired by the colours of the flowers in a mixed bunch, we chose Garnet Symphony 2, Jamaican Ginger 3 and Tarragon Glory 2, all from Dulux. A general purpose... Read More