How to make a garden stakes ring toss

Have some fun out in the garden with this garden stakes ring toss game.

Bunnings magazine, January/February 2020

Tools and materials

Safety equipment

Measuring tape and felt-tip pen

Copper pipe cutter

Utility knife

Disposable gloves

Water spritzer

Clean cloth

3/4” (19mm) copper pipe

30cm-diameter round basin

10mm sisal rope

50mm-wide cloth tape

Expanding polyurethane adhesive (we used Selleys Durabond Aquadhere)

Cardboard offcuts

Metal polish

Assorted decorative garden stakes 

1. Cut the pipe

To make the copper connectors, measure five 50mm sections along the pipe, marking with a felt-tip pen. Use the pipe cutter by positioning it over each mark, turning it around the pipe, tightening slightly after each turn.

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2. Trim the rope

Flip a 30cm basin upside down. Use a sharp utility knife to trim the end of the sisal rope diagonally. Run the rope around the rim of the basin, overlapping the end by about 10mm, and cut diagonally.

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3. Glue the rope

Position a 100mm-long piece of cloth tape upside down. Thread a connector onto the rope, position the ends over the tape and dab polyurethane adhesive onto the join. Wear gloves to tightly twist the tape around it.

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4. Apply adhesive to the ends

Move the connector over the taped join and apply adhesive into the ends. Position the hoop back on the upside-down basin. Set out cardboard offcuts on the work surface in preparation for the quickly expanding adhesive. 

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5. Spray the rope

Use a water spritzer to dampen the rope and spray into the connector.

Tip: Moisture activates the adhesive to make it expand, and the rope will hold its circular shape as it dries.

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6. Trim back adhesive

Move the damp hoop onto the cardboard, then repeat to make five hoops. Watch the adhesive expand, moving the hoops every few minutes to avoid sticking to the cardboard. When the foam has hardened, trim it away then shine up the copper with metal polish and a cloth. 

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Photography credit: James Moffatt 

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