Make Garden Sundial
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Make garden sundial. You can simply set aside part of a sunny patio. This easy sundial is a great project for kids on a summer day. I printed out a large pattern using a free program called posterazor and then attached. Cut and fold the printout according to directions printed on it.
Write the number 12 on the very edge of the plate. Build a sundial for the yard or garden including making the sundial face preparing and placing the sundial post attaching the face and setting the time. You ll probably need a circular area that measures between 10 12 inches in diameter. The greeks have used sundials to measure time since 100 b c.
Ensure your sundial is installed in a shadeless spot or some hours it won t cast a shadow. It can be mounted to stone a plinth a wooden stake you name it as long as it s sturdy and unmoveable. First find a sunny area preferably in a garden or flower bed where you can build your sundial. How to make a sundial step 1.
Measuring tape and or yardstick both is better unstretchy string my driveway sundial needed about 22 feet of string something with a right angle e g a piece of paper a box a carpenter s square etc chalk i recommend ordinary board chalk for the initial drawing and then going over with. Create a 4 foot square base for your sundial. Paint the pavers with cement paint if desired. An exquisite and functional work of art the sphere is imprinted with roman numerals to measure time as the sun casts it s shadow throughout the day just as it did in ancient greece.
We placed cement pavers in a sunny part of the lawn image 1. I m working on some fun kid friendly additions to our back flower garden which i ll share with you next week so we decided to put ours in this area. When you re done the pencil should be perpendicular to the sundial s face not to the base. You might want two copies so that you can work.
Everything started with figuring out the layout of the dial plate and where each of the. Take the sharpened pencil and. If you have a stump or even an unwanted tree in your garden that you plan to cut anyway this makes an excellent place to mount a sundial. Use a crayon or marker for this.
Now turn the sundial so that the pencil points. Use a ruler to draw a. You can even make a sundial that uses your body to cast the time shadow and stones in the lawn for the hour markers at left. The tools required are very simple.