Country-Style Stakes

These ornamental copper cutouts will enliven your garden year-round.
Getting Started
Country Stakes
Simple skills and materials turn
copper sheeting into charming
garden stakes.

Modeled after antique weather vanes, these designs are first cut out, then hammered to achieve a distressed look. Finished size of the rooster is 13-1/2 x 15 inches; the pig is 10 x 15 inches; the arrow is 14 x 4 inches; and the sandpiper is 9 x 15 inches.

What You Need:

(For each figure)

  • 18 x 20-inch piece of heavy copper sheeting (for stakes)
  • 30-inch length of 1-1/2-inch-wide wood lath
  • Three 3/4-inch-long brass bolts with corresponding nuts
  • 9 inches of 3/8-inch-diameter jute rope (for pig's tail)
  • Scrap of a 3/4-inch-diameter dowel
  • Sandpaper
  • Tin snips
  • Saw
  • Drill and bits
  • Tracing paper
  • Screwdriver
  • Wrench
  • Hammer
  • Polyurethane (optional)

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