DIY garden mill: functions and features of use

To add variety and a peculiar flavor to the personal plot, various decorative elements are used. The garden will look more attractive with a decorative windmill. It can be easily done with your own hands, following the drawing.


  • Garden mill: features of use
  • Preparation for work: materials and tools
  • Stages of creating a mill: instructions
  • The device of a stone mill in the garden

Garden mill: features of use

A personal plot is not only a place for growing crops, but also a recreation area, a cozy corner for the whole family. For dacha decor, flowering flower beds are arranged, alpine slides, mini-fountains, a decorative mill and other elements are created.

The mill in the garden will not only fit into the landscape in an original way, moreover, it can perform the following functions:

  • Cover communications and unsightly places on the site
  • As a playground for children
  • Storage space for garden tools

If there are many moles on the site, then the vibration during the movement of the blades will drive away the rodents. When a mill is made of stone, the structure can function as a barbecue. The mill can become a toilet room, a playground, a children's house.

Installation of the mill does not require large investments. The design will easily fit into the landscape and become the highlight of the garden. If you add a decorative mill with side boxes and plant flowers, you can create a magnificent flower garden. If there is a reservoir on the site, then such a design will complement it.

Preparation for work: materials and tools

For the construction of a windmill, you can use any building materials: plywood, plastic, wood, bricks, wild stone. It is better to take pine from tree species. It not only lends itself well to processing with a protective agent, but also has a pleasant aroma of needles.

If you plan to build a wooden mill, you will need:

  • Wide board or plywood sheet
  • Wooden beams (4 pcs. 60-70 cm, section 5x5 mm)
  • Lining or slats for cladding
  • Wooden corners
  • From the tools you should prepare:
  • Saw
  • Grinding machine
  • Bolts, washers, nails
  • Metal rod
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver
  • Roulette

After preparing the necessary materials and tools, you can start cutting out the parts of the mill.

Stages of creating a mill: instructions

Visually, the structure of the mill can be divided into 3 parts: base, frame, roof and blades. Each one is assembled separately, and then all the segments are combined together. Before installation, it is necessary to treat the wood with a special solution, which will prevent rotting and increase the service life. The main steps for creating a decorative mill can be broken down into small blocks of work.

Sawing out the necessary parts. First, the base is cut out: the top is 40x40 cm, and the bottom is 50x50 cm. Next, draw diagonal lines on the prepared base and drill a hole in the center of the intersection. Then, stepping back 2-3 cm from the edge, attach the slats with self-tapping screws. Cut 4 legs from the bars.

To protect against moisture, each "leg" can be inserted into a plastic pipe and secured with self-tapping screws. They should be attached to the inside of the base. Manufacturing of the case. Take 4 bars and nail to the base so that you get a pyramid, but only truncated. It is important to correctly assemble the frame, since the appearance of the finished structure depends on this. The frame can be in the form of a rectangle, polygon, etc. Optionally, in the middle part, you can cut a window or make a door.

Roof structure. To create a roof, you need 2 triangles, the same size 30x30x35cm. They are connected at the top with beams and on the sides with self-tapping screws, and then attached to the base. To give stability to the structure, the roof and the lower part are recommended to be mounted on the vertical axis. In this case, the bearings must be inserted. As a result, the structure will be fixed vertically, and the roof will not rotate from a gust of wind.

Creation of blades. Take the boards, mark the center and make grooves. Next, lay the boards in the form of a cross on top of each other. It is important that the grooves join together. Then the joint is fixed with bolts, washers and nuts are used on both sides. After that, the slats are nailed with small nails on all 4 blades.

Next, we proceed to the wings of the mill. They can be of different shapes: in the form of a triangle or a trapezoid. The wings are nailed to the blades. Then the spinner is connected to the horizontal axis.

If you plan to create a rotating structure, then a vertical rod should be screwed to the center of the roof. The horizontal axis should be parallel to the roof slope. This design is more difficult to install, but looks more beautiful.

Finished mill finish. At the final stage, finishing is performed. There are many mill finishing ideas. First, the structure must be treated with a protective agent, and then it can be varnished. You can paint it with paint, thereby giving the structure a toy look.

If the structure has windows and doors, then they can be decorated with openwork platbands. Decorative butterflies or other insects can be placed on the roof and walls. For convenience and ease of work, it is recommended to mark on the drawing the parts that have already been completed.

The device of a stone mill in the garden

This method of mounting the mill is much easier than making a structure out of wood. First you need to prepare a place for the foundation. To do this, dig a hole, lay the reinforcement and pour concrete. After the concrete has hardened, you can start laying stones.

The size and shape of the future mill can be of any size, but care must be taken to ensure that the structure is even. It is important not to forget to bandage the stones with each other. At the top, brick up the hairpin for attaching the blades. Weld a plate on it in advance in order to hook it onto the masonry.

To create a propeller, you need to cut a circle out of plywood, inside which you make a hole in proportion to the diameter of the stud. Next, assemble the blades from the rail and attach them to the plywood. After that, install the resulting structure on the stud and secure with nuts and washers.

Before installing the blades, they must be impregnated with a special agent and, if desired, painted. At the final stage, this type of mill can be decorated with tiles in the form of a small brick. There should be no voids when laying tiles. You can create a decorative mill using a variety of materials. In any case, this element of decor in the garden will look beautiful and original.

Video on how to assemble a decorative mill on the site:

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