This is my first Instructable and I look forward to all of your comments.
I wanted to add a garden pagoda to our bamboo garden but was amazed by how much they cost.
I decided to make my own for under $25.
Step 1: Collect Your Parts
Here's what you need to make one just like mine but I would encourage you to be creative and and experiment on your own. When you're done it will stand about 35" tall.
2 16"x16" square pewter stepping stones
4 4"x4"x4" wood (pressure treated may last longer)
1 12"x12" grey stepping stone
1 6"x8"x8" concrete half cinder block
1 8"x8"x8" concrete half cinder block
1 16"x24" slate patio stone
1 9"x12" tumbled paver
1 6"x6" tumbled paver
6 Roundish rocks (found in my front yard)
With the exception of the 4x4 pieces of wood that I had left over from the deconstruction of a pallet, all of these items were purchased at a big box home improvement store. I'm sure you'll recognize the one. I actually built the pagoda on the cart inside the store to see what it would look like before I brought it home.
Decide where you want to put your pagoda and set the first 16"x16" square pewter stepping stone. Use a level to make sure it is level. If it is not, your pagoda may not be stable when you get to the last step and may lean.
Now it's just a matter of stacking the parts.
Here's the order from bottom to top.
16"x16" square pewter stepping stone. (This is the one that needs to be level.)
4 4"x4"x4" wood
12"x12" grey stepping stone
6"x8"x8" concrete half cinder block
16"x16" square pewter stepping stone
8"x8"x8" concrete half cinder block
16"x24" slate patio stone
9"x12" tumbled paver
6"x6" tumbled paver
1 smaller rock on each corner of the roof
Thanks for looking and good luck!