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Published on April 17th, 2010 | by Wenona Napolitano

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Repurposed Garden Decor: Crafty or Junky?

Trellis made from bicycle parts

Spring is here and that means it is time for me to get my hands dirty…literally.

It’s garden time.

I love to dig and weed and plant. I often don’t have a lot of money to put into my garden so I use what I have on hand, which means I need to be more creative at times.

I have pulled old rusty stuff out of my backyard and turned it into garden decorations- like old tractor seats. I’ve turned a found piece of old tractor/farm equipment into a trellis; an old wooden ladder became four separate trellises for my morning glories and moon flowers.

I have an old wheel barrow with one handle that I am debating what to do with. I was considering turning it sideways with the one handle sticking out and planting flowers out of it, like it fell over. I have seen that done before and it looks kind of cute. But I am not sure if it’s really I want to do.

I like the bicycle part trellis that someone created. Too bad all of our old bicycle parts were recently taken to the recycling yard- we just had way too much and I had no idea what to do with them. I wish I would have found the trellis photo before everything was hauled away.

I am yearning for an old bath tub that would make a pretty flower bed. I have seen that done numerous times and I love the way it looks. I just haven’t come across any that are suitable for the garden.

What do you think of re-purposed garden decor? Do you think it is crafty or junky? What kind of things do you use in your gardens?



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About the Author

Wenona is married with three crazy kids that range in age from 4 to 18. She is a freelance writer, poet and the author of The Everything Green Wedding Book. She enjoys reading, writing, crafting and gardening. She tries to do all of these as "greenly" as possible. Her writing has appeared in several local and regional publications, Pack O Fun, Today's Creative Home Arts, and Indiana Living Green magazines as well as numerous online sites including PlentyMag.com, EthicalWeddings.com, MyEcoChicWedding.com, eHow, Associated Content, Suite101 and Life123.com.



  • http://runawayoctober.com Katie | RunawayOctober

    I think alot of repurposing can be done in a very tasteful way. An old wheelbarrow or tub, Sure! A toilet? Not so much. It seems there’s a very fine line between ‘Oh wow, I love how she used wine bottles as a garden border’ and ‘Uhm, was that bike just discarded or is it meant to be like that?’

    Ultimately, it’s up to you though. If you love it, go for it. You plan your garden for you, family, friends – not for a random passerby that doesn’t have the same taste.

    Personally I love the aesthetic of things laying over with flowers mounding out of them. It just whispers ‘Look at us. We’re pretty, helpful and willing to cover up some of lifes harsher spots for you. Maybe it stems from my love of old ruins and such? :D

  • http://www.canadaroses.com Canada Flowers

    They look like dreamcatchers in the garden. Which makes sense, who wouldn’t want to dream in the garden?

  • http://craftcherry.blogspot.com/ Cerise

    I think it’s great. We used to live within walking distance from a bunch of lake houses and one of them had a row boat that they repurposed into a flower bed. Looked great!

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  • http://www.spscorza.blogspot.com Susan

    I have been receiving your newsletter for some time now and just love the projects and the inspiration.

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