Well I decided to set about making a water wall garden feature for Little N who just loves water play! I had a spare piece of MDF lying around after some DIY in the house and it was the perfect size for this project.
I collect some recycled bits and bobs together and with the help of my lovely parents, and a drill - we enjoyed a lovely Summers afternoon in the garden making our own Water Wall.
Little N enjoyed playing outside and was fascinated by the noise the drill made.
Step 1. We rounded the edges on some MDF boarding. It took several coats but I painted it with outdoor wood paint. It's the same colour I painted my shed so was handy as I already had the paint in. You can get small tins of varnish from the dollar/pound stores so if you prefer a wood coloured backdrop, this might be an option you want to consider. You will need to make sure the wood is treated as it will be exposed to lots of water.
Step 2. We had planned where to place things on the water wall and after marking it all out with a pencil, Dad began drilling away. Instead of using screws and bolts we used cable ties. This is a much safer option for younger children. It is also a lot less likely to come undone. Not only are the secure but they are also smooth and have no rough edges that are exposed.
Step 3. Using a Stanley Knife and scissors we very carefully cut holes in the bottles as needed. Once completed we began to add them to the board. We secured them round the bottle necks first before tilting them as needed, marking up again and then drilling.
Step 4. Once all the holes were drilled we started to pull the cable ties through the holes. Then we made some final tweaks. We pulled the cable ties tightly to fix the bottles in place. Take care not to pull them too tight though as you will distort your bottles. Then we cut off the remains of the cable ties at the back.
There is our finished water wall. We were very happy with the outcome. Little N enjoyed using the garden hose to fill the bottles of water. She enjoyed putting her hands under the sprinklers and feeling the water as it ran through the holes.
She was really keen to try it out right away. I gave her the end of the hose pipe that was trickling water and she also had access to a watering can, squibbers and used shower gel bottles that we had filled with water. She had different methods of collecting water this way and filling the bottles to create her own garden water fountains.
My Dad later mounted this to a fence in our garden.
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