How To Anchor Yard Art (EASY Way)

For some people, yard art is a hobby. For others, it’s a way of life. Whether you’re just looking to add a little something extra to your home or are ready to go full-on into the world of gardening and landscaping, there are many different types of yard art out there. 

And just like any other type of artwork from paintings to sculptures all of these pieces need something that will keep them upright and secure.

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Depending on the type of yard art, you may want to consider using concrete as an anchor. Concrete is heavy and will anchor your yard art in place. 

However, it does come at a price not all types of artwork are suitable for concrete anchors and not all locations are suitable for concrete anchors either.

Before deciding whether or not to use this type of anchor, consider that there are several different kinds of concrete that can be used as anchors:

Precast Concrete Anchors – These are manufactured by some companies specifically for use as yard art anchors. 

They come in different sizes and shapes depending on what type of material they’re designed to hold down (you’ll have to measure your piece’s dimensions before choosing one). 

They’re easy to install because they’re pre-formed but they can also be purchased locally if needed

Do you want to anchor an inflatable in your yard? Our guide on anchoring yard inflatables will provide you with step-by-step instructions for keeping your decorations secure even in inclement weather.

Aquarium Weights

Aquarium weights are made of lead and are used to anchor large aquariums in place. They can be purchased at your local pet store, but you must have a hammer with which to drive the weight into the ground. 

This can be difficult for some people because it requires significant strength. However, if you’re able to do so, this is an excellent way to anchor yard art!


The easiest way to anchor art is with rocks! Rocks of varying sizes can be used to anchor your art. You can even use rocks to anchor your art in a variety of ways, including on the ground, in the air and behind glass.

Having trouble keeping your yard decor from toppling over in high winds? Our guide on anchoring yard decor outlines some easy and effective ways to keep your lawn decor secure.

Bricks or Cinder Blocks

You’ll need to use bricks or cinder blocks to secure the art, because it’s too heavy for a few stakes to hold. It’s best if you have a level on hand for making sure the bricks are flat and in line with each other.

The bricks should be at least six inches apart from one another, but no more than eight inches apart. This keeps them from leaning against one another and bending over time. 

They also need to be at least one inch thick; otherwise they won’t give you enough support. Finally, they should measure at least three inches wide across their tops (the side of each brick that touches the wall) so that they don’t crack when placed against one another

Large Rocks

Large rocks are a great anchor for your yard art. They’re heavy, and they can be difficult to move once they’re in place. 

Larger rocks will also help keep your yard art from blowing over during strong winds, since they add weight to the bottom of the piece.

You can find large rocks on beaches, or at any local quarry. If you have access to a hammer drill (a power tool used for drilling holes), then this job will be even easier!

Just make sure that your yard art is bolted into place before using any power tools near it you don’t want anything getting damaged!

Attach large rocks by drilling holes into both the art piece and into each stone using a screwdriver attachment on a cordless drill (also known as an impact driver). 

Then simply thread screws through both pieces until secure; no need for glue or concrete here–as long as both surfaces have been drilled through correctly with matching screw lengths then everything should hold together quite nicely without any extra steps required!

In order to keep yard art and sculptures in place, proper fastening is a must. Our in-depth article on anchoring yard art explains multiple ways on how to anchor these structures in your yard, so they aren’t damaged by the wind, earthquake or accidental knocks from children or animals.

Tire Weights

Tire weights are a great way to anchor yard art and other items that need some extra weight. Tire weights come in a variety of sizes, so you may want to do some shopping around before you make your final selection.

 If you’re unsure which size tire weight is best for your project, we’ll help you figure it out!

Choose the right size tire weight for the art that needs anchoring: The smaller the object being anchored, the smaller sized tire weight will work best. 

For example, if you’re anchoring small pieces of yard art like garden gnomes or wind chimes with no sharp edges (like when using glass), then an 18-pounder would be perfect! However if someone was trying to anchor a ceramic statue (which has very sharp edges) then it would probably need something more like 60 pounds… maybe even 100 pounds just for good measure!

How much do I need? You can always go bigger than what’s needed but never go below it otherwise there won’t be enough weight pulling down on whatever needs anchoring properly so all those extra pounds could mean losing important items above ground level due flooding during storm season or high winds making too much noise while driving by at night.”

U-Shaped Tent Stakes in the Ground

There are many different types of tent stakes on the market, but they all have one thing in common: they’re pretty easy to use. 

They can be used to anchor yard art, tree stumps and posts, obelisks (a fancy way of saying “pointy-topped item”), and even rocks!

Let’s start with the most basic option: You can use a tent stake to attach the yard art you’ve bought from us directly into the ground where you want it displayed. 

The key here is choosing an area where there isn’t any grass or other vegetation present so that when you hammer your stake into place it will go through without resistance.

If you’re working with a tree stump instead of artwork that has been anchored into place using tent stakes like we described above, another method would be using them as anchors for ropes or chains so that any weight hanging from them won’t pull over onto itself by falling off its original position due to gravity pulling down force on both ends simultaneously which would cause damage not only within itself (ie., splintering wood) 

But also outside sources such as dirt clods flying up at high speeds towards nearby people walking past while wearing protective helmets made outta steel grating material!!

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Patio Umbrella Base

A patio umbrella base is the perfect accessory for anchoring your yard art. They are inexpensive, come in a variety of sizes and styles, and are easy to install.

A patio umbrella base should be large enough that it can hold the weight of your yard art without tipping over when bumped or jostled. 

The most important thing to consider when choosing a base is having enough clearance below the top surface so that you will not hit your head on it while walking by as well as making sure that there is no chance it will tip over when bumped or jostled since this could damage or destroy your yard art project.

The next step once you have found an appropriate patio umbrella base is attaching it to ground using screws or cement (if using concrete). 

Some people prefer attaching their bases directly into concrete while others use screws through pre-drilled holes into wood decking material like cedar planks or pressure treated lumber boards which will allow them more flexibility in changing out designs over time if desired.

Chains and Hooks

Use a carabiner to attach the hook. You can use a carabiner to make sure your art hangs securely, but it’s important that you use a strong one or else they might break. 

Use chain instead of rope or string to hang your yard art piece if possible! Rope and string are less effective at carrying weight than chains are because they stretch over time, so if there’s no way to use chain in your yard art project then it might be better suited for something else entirely (like maybe using wire instead).

Keep your backyard lights from toppling over during high winds. Read our guide on anchoring backyard lights to learn how to easily and cheaply anchor them in place without any damage to your yard or lights.

Cemented Trees Stump Base

This is a quick and easy way to anchor art in your yard, especially if you have a tree stump that needs to be removed. After the stump has been removed, fill the hole with concrete and let it dry overnight. 

Then, position your art on top of the cemented tree stump base by hammering two nails into each corner of your piece. The nails should go through both sides of the wood and into holes in the concrete so that they are secure.

Anchoring Yard Art with a Cemented Tree Stump Base

Quick and EasyMay require a professional to remove the tree stump.
Provides solid anchoring and stabilityRemoving the cemented stump may prove difficult if needed in the future
Uses readily available materialsRequires time for the concrete to dry, which may hold down the actual installation process.
Includes recycling of the stump to help create stability for yard artGround soil quality may affect the way cement dries, leading to uneven setting of roots, and weakening anchoring.
Adds an aesthetic appeal to your lawn or gardenCost of tree removal and concrete might add up and become a significant expense overall.

Bucket Filled with Sand or Dirt, Rocks or Gravel

Use a bucket with a lid.

Fill the bucket with sand, dirt or gravel.

Tie rope around the post and through the handles of your bucket so it can’t slip off when filled with water (and so you don’t have to worry about getting out there every time you fill up).

Put tarp on top of piece of wood placed under bucket to keep it from sinking into ground

Cat Litter Jugs Filled with Sand or Dirt, Rocks or Gravel

Sand, dirt, rocks or gravel are added to the cat litter jug.

The cat litter jug is attached to a stake or post using wire, rope or twine; this step can be skipped if you’re attaching the jug directly to a tree trunk.

The jug can also be attached directly to a fence post using wire (or rope), which eliminates the need for stakes/posts altogether!

Attach your new cat litter jugs filled with sand or dirt etc., rocks or gravel as many places as possible around your yard: on decks, walls and fences are all great options!

Cat Litter Jugs Filled with Sand, Dirt, Rocks, or Gravel

SandProvides good anchoring due to its weight and density.Can be messy to handle, especially if it gets wet.
DirtCost-effective and easily available.May need frequent refills as it tends to shift easily.
RocksHeavy and provides solid anchoring.Difficult to work with and may require additional tools to break and fit into the jug.
GravelCost-effective and easy to work with.May not provide the same level of anchoring quality as other materials as it’s not as heavy.

Cable Ties to Secure Artwork or Obelisk to a Strong Post or Tree Trunk

A cable tie is a quick and easy way to secure artwork to a post or tree trunk. They’re also a good solution for securing artwork that is not intended to be permanent. 

The main drawback of this method is that it isn’t as secure as other methods, such as using lag screws or embedded bolts. 

However, if you’re simply looking for an easy way to secure your yard art without drilling holes in the post or tree trunk, cable ties are perfect!


I hope you now know how to anchor your yard art. Remember that the best way to ensure your artwork stays put is by choosing a location that has good soil and digging deep enough holes. 

If possible, plant some plants around it so they can help anchor it down as well!

Further Reading

How to Fasten Lawn Decorations So They Don’t Blow Away: This article from Home Guides provides useful tips on how to secure your lawn decorations and prevent them from being blown away by the wind.

How to Hold Down and Secure Lawn Decorations: Learn how to keep your outdoor decor from toppling over with this guide from Hunker, which offers simple methods for anchoring lawn decorations in place.

25+ Best Yard Art Ideas: Creative and Useful: For some inspiration, check out this article from Homes & Gardens for more than 25 different ways to improve the aesthetics of your outdoor space with yard art.

Here are the FAQs section based on the title:


What is yard art?

Yard art refers to any decorative item that can be placed in an outdoor space. This includes sculptures, wind chimes, small waterfalls, and much more.

Why do I need to anchor my yard art?

Securing your yard art is important to prevent it from falling over, getting damaged or causing harm to someone or something. Anchoring ensures your yard art is safe and secure and remains that way.

What are some popular types of yard art?

Popular types of yard art include sculptures, fountains, birdhouses, wind chimes, and garden stakes. These elements can help bring life to a mundane outdoor space.

How can I anchor yard art and sculptures?

The anchors for yard art depend on the type of surface and type of art to be anchored. You could use anchors like stakes, weights, bolts or hardware, depending on the location and the wind conditions.

How do I ensure that I don’t damage the yard while anchoring?

While anchoring the yard art, it’s vital to avoid damaging the lawn and garden area. Use soft, malleable materials like chains, wires or cables to secure the yard art to your outdoor space without causing damage to the area.