DIY Crafts Bling your garden without breaking your budget or adding anything new to the waste stream with these upcycled garden decorations. Weekend project, anyone?

Published on April 13th, 2016 | by Julie Finn

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11 Upcycled Garden Decorations

Bling your garden without breaking your budget or adding anything new to the waste stream with these upcycled garden decorations. Here are eleven great ideas for upcycled garden decorations–eco-friendly beauty for your beautiful garden!

Bling your garden without breaking your budget or adding anything new to the waste stream with these upcycled garden decorations. Weekend project, anyone?

11 Upcycled Garden Decorations

1. bowling ball gazing ballIf you don’t want to buy new glass marbles for this project, use broken tile and grout to make it a mosaic ball instead.

2. brick plant markersThese plant markers are so lovely that you won’t believe how simple they are to make!

Bling your garden without breaking your budget or adding anything new to the waste stream with these upcycled garden decorations. Weekend project, anyone?

3. cinder block mosaicI can’t be the only one who has random cinder blocks, right? I mean, where do they all come from?!? Fortunately, they make great borders for little garden beds, especially if you mosaic them with broken tile pieces first.

4. jar lid plant markersI have loads of old canning jar lids that I use for this project.

5. marbled privacy fenceIs a privacy fence stealing your sun? Embed your kids’ forgotten marbles in it and enjoy the glow! Pro tip: you can also do this with a plaque made from a pallet board, then hang it somewhere sunny.

6. outdoor clockI LOVE the idea of an outdoor clock; look for a beat-up old plant stand instead of the new one that the author uses for her project, or cut a pallet board down to size to get the same look.

7. paint stirrer plant markersPlease note: this is only an upcycling project if you ACTUALLY use used plant stirrers. This is NOT an upcycling project if you use new paint stirrers from the hardware store, EVEN if you get them for free! The most interesting way to do this project, in my opinion, is to use a coat of the paint color that the stirrer was used for–it’s a record of your design projects AND a garden marker!

Upcycled Garden Decorations8. pallet board garden signA pallet board, a wood burner, a hammer, and two nails are all you need to make these garden signs. You don’t even have to sand the wood!

9. pallet board walkwayThis won’t last forever, but if you need a nice walkway between the beds in your garden, it will look quite nice for a couple of years.

10. penny ballUpcycle a bowling ball or playground ball with pennies–you know you don’t actually use them! The ball makes a lovely decoration, but I’m told that it also deters snails and slugs.

11. soda can plant markersPeople will never guess that you upcycled these plant markers out of soda cans.

Looking for even more ways to jazz up your garden? Here are six more ideas from our sister site, Eat Drink Better!

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About the Author

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now. Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.



One Response to 11 Upcycled Garden Decorations

  1. That rise up sign is a super cute idea! Love it!

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