16 Upcycling + Art Projects for Your Garden
Use scrap wood and a bit of paint to enhance the natural beauty of your outdoor space.
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Tabletop Fire Pit
The warmth of a fire pit will instantly cozy up any outdoor room. Small space? That's a non-issue, just make this tabletop version. We are giddy over this project because it's so easy to customize to fit for any table and the pint-size pit is just as stunning as a full-size one. Our only tip? Prepare for friends and family to beg you to make one for them, too.
Burned Wood Garden Markers
Give your garden a boost with a sweet or funny quote burned into a wood slice. Print off your favorite design (or download ours for free), then lay a piece of graphite paper over your wood slice. Lay the printed paper on top and trace. Remove both sheets to reveal a pencil sketch of your quote on the wood. Trace over the sketch with a wood burning tool and seal with outdoor-safe sealant.
Raised Shutter Planter (On Wheels!)
Create a mobile garden bed for your pretty posies using upcycled shutters. You'll be happy you tackled this project because not only does it up the farm-charm in your backyard, but it enables you to move your plant-babies in and out of sunlight as you see fit. That's what we like to call a "win-win", folks.
Get the How-To: How to Build a Raised Garden Bed From an Old Shipping Pallet
Upcycled Shutter Privacy Screen
Create your very own secluded, outdoor oasis with the help of a pretty privacy screen. Get the look in your backyard with some old, upcycled shutters, hinges and the paint color of your choosing. The rich teal hue used here is jaw-dropping behind those gleaming gold planters, wouldn't you agree?
Hang on to Your Hat(s)
Put your weathered or rarely-worn hats to use and create a charming, hanging display for flowers. Try a variety of hat styles, as seen here, or keep things uniform by maintaining one style. We think a set of wheat-colored, straw hats would look ultra-charming, no matter the season.
Make a Modern Heirloom Barn Quilt
Jazz up the exterior of your home with a fresh, color-clad barn quilt. The contrast between the moody black home and the vibrant geometric painting is serving some serious, head-turning curb appeal.
Get the How-To: How to Make a Modern Barn Quilt
New Take on Tin
Interested in a little industrial look for your outdoor space? This is for you, friends. Use tin cans to create this easy, low-cost display for your patio plants.
DIY Wine Bottle Chandelier
Cut back on recycling (just this once!) and keep your wine bottles on hand. Create this upcycled bottle light fixture to illuminate your outdoor patio. Don't you drool over how the rich green bottles pair with the pine wood and chain details? Gorgeous.
Get the How-To: How to Make a Chandelier From Old Wine Bottles
Vintage Containers for Aromatic Garden Cuttings
Instantly up the texture and style in your garden with this 15-minute project. Five vintage tins have been turned into outdoor garden containers, each growing different varieties of ornamental grasses, flowering plants and a small shrub. Be sure to take note and use a variety of plants for an extra-special display at home.
Wall-Mounted Shipping Pallet Wine Rack
Keep your favorite vino and stemware within reach, whether you're indoors or out. Create this rustic style case with standard, wooden shipping pallets.
A trio of crate planters makes an eye-catching herb garden. We say, keep the natural wood finish for a rustic, farmhouse design that will look charming year-round.
Repurposed Dresser Turned Potting Bench
Give that never-used dresser in the guest room a brand new purpose as a pretty, potting bench for your garden. We adore the ample workspace on top, plus the overhead shelves create easy, accessible storage for tools and soil.
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DIY Vertical Garden
Small spaces don't have to skimp on style, case in point, this easy-to-assemble vertical garden. Can you believe this project costs $10? Design blogger Alaya Sheardon used a crib frames and dollar pails to create this growing wall art. She hung the cans from shower curtain hooks and added holes for draining.
Outdoor Art Gallery
Talk about spectacular, right? Recreate this stunning outdoor space at home with a collection of your favorite frames and mirrors. Our tip? Use similar paint colors or finishes to ensure a cohesive design that won't overpower your garden.
Go Unexpected With Antiques
Sometimes breathing new life into antiques means giving them a totally new function like this antique shaving stand. Gone are the days of beard trimmings! It now serves a new post as official greeter, lined with lively pansies and other cheerful trinkets. Create a similar welcome for your home with an estate-sale find or something you have tucked away in the attic.
See More Photos: Make a Front-Porch Planter From Repurposed Furniture
Cinderblock Garden Bar + Planter
Nurse your plants by day, and a boozy drink by night. This cinderblock garden bar and planter project offers the best of both worlds. Cheers!
Branches, Made Beautiful
Skip the costly shopping trip and make the most of what you've got in your own backyard. Create this one-of-a-kind decor for your garden or patio from a few fallen branches and pretty, pastel paint.