Now that the weather is finally warm and our gardens have started to bloom, we’re spending more and more time outside. The more we enjoy that space, however, the more we wonder whether there aren’t a few crafty things we can do to spruce it up even more with some kind of cute DIY detail! That’s why we’ve had our eyes peeled all week for awesome tutorials that might help us make exciting garden decor pieces.
1. Cute painted garden things
In your search for DIY garden pieces, have you been specifically keeping an eye out for something that your kids might be able to help with, since they love spending time in the backyard too? In that case, we’d suggest collecting some cool rocks, reaching for the paint, and taking a look at how Instructables made these funny little “garden things” that will look like cute little creatures peering up from wherever in your garden you decide to put them.
2. Rock covered bucket planter
Perhaps you’ve got a few planters already that you’re hoping to put some pretty bouquets of flowers in but you’re also wondering whether you can’t make them look a little more spiffy and natural than they currently do? In that case, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Centsational Style made these fantastic DIY covered rock buckets and planter their flowers in those!
3. DIY painted rock caterpillar
Did we actually really catch your attention when we started talking about making cool decor pieces out of painted rocks with your kids but you’re pretty sure your little artists will want to add more colour to each rock than just a pair of black and white eyes? In that case, we think you simply must take a look at the way Nellie Bellie painted and glued these rocks to make an awesome caterpillar! This one sits on their window sill, but we made lots of these with our kids and put them all over our garden and deck.
4. Unique painted rock garden markers
Have you always been a fan of any kind of DIY project that’s actually useful in some practical way on top of just being pretty? In that case, if you grow a garden that has more than just flowers in it, we think you might get along very well indeed with something like these painted rock garden markers outlined step by step on Crafts By Amanda.
5. Tennis racket garden art
Are you actually the kind of crafter who loves DIY projects most when they have some kind of upcycling or repurposing element to them? In that case, if you can get your hands on some old or vintage sports equipment, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Garden Therapy made some awesome art using old wooden tennis racked frames and different kinds of beads!
6. Upcycled drawer planter
Maybe you are very interested in indeed in making a planter or garden piece from something old and upcycled but all you’ve got to work with is old furniture? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Beyond The Picket Fence used old wooden drawers from different dressers or side tables and the wooden frame of an old stool to make stacked flower boxes!
7. Junk flowers made from bottle caps
Perhaps you really love the idea of having lots of flowers in your yard but you don’t actually have a lot of time for actual gardening, so you hesitate to put in too many real plants? In that case, we have a feeling you might get along a little better with something like these upcycled bottle top flowers from Art in Red Wagons! We love their sort of trendy junk chic aesthetic.
8. License plate flowers
Just in case we’ve really piqued your interest with this whole upcycled junk garden decor theme but you don’t often tend to have bottle caps at home or you’re looking for something bigger, here’s an alternative design along that same vein for your consideration! Take a l0ok at From the Alley to the Gallery to see how you can also make garden decor flowers from cut sections of discarded license plates.
9. Upcycled ironing board junk woman
If you’re going to put in all the time and effort it takes to make some kind of interesting upcycled decor piece from “junk” and put it in your back yard, would you rather created something really unique that visitors might actually ask you about? In that case, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Empress of Dirt used an ironing board and all kinds of other discarded household items to make this fantastic “junk woman” who might hold a flower pot or a bird bath!
10. Rusty pan garden
By now, have you started really contemplating the beauty of how apparent junk looks in a garden setting, and now you can’t help wondering whether there aren’t ways to contrast your upcycled things with greenery a little more intentionally? In that case, we think you might adore the way Rancho Rebidoux made these wall mounted succulent planters from old metal dust pans using a little bit of chicken wire to keep the sod base in place.
11. Clay pot lighthouses
Perhaps you have plenty of planters already and you’ve actually been looking for ways to upcycle some of the cheaper ones, like your various terra cotta pots? In that case, we think you should definitely take a look at how Empress of Dirt made these impressive stacked pot lighthouses using paint and solar garden lights on top!
12. Painted terra cotta planter and plastic “gazing” ball
Have we really piqued your interest in our discussion of upcycling terra cotta pots in new ways to make some fun garden decor but you can’t help feeling like something a little more whimsical and a little less seaside themed might suit your garden better? In that case, we have a feeling you just might be the perfect person to give these fantastic faux glass gazing balls that are actually made of painted plastic a try! Hearth & Vine suggests keeping them in place by painting terra cotta pots and setting them on the opening.
13. Garden tool trellis
A good trellis is always a great thing to have in your garden if you’re planning on growing any kind of plant that likes to climb or crawl but, believe it or not, you don’t have to stick to the same old wooden lattice design you’ve probably seen elsewhere. We love the way Sadie Seasongoods made theirs into a farmhouse chic decor piece by fastening a different upcycled, long handled gardening tool to each leg of their trellis.
14. Concrete garden globes
Were you a pretty big fan of the gazing ball concept in theory, but in practicality it looks a little too fragile and mismatched with the industrial chic aesthetic outside your home? In that case, we think you should consider these awesome DIY concrete garden globes instead. Get the fully outlined steps in clear detail on The Garden Glove.
15. DIY waterdrop solar lights
If you’re going to make something awesome for your garden from scratch, would you much prefer to make something that looks pretty during the daytime and at night? Then we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how The Navage Patch used upcycled piping and lamp pieces, as well as a simple solar panel piece from a lawn light, to make this stunning walkway light that glows like a drop of water.
Have you made other fantastic kinds of DIY and homemade garden decor pieces that you were very happy with indeed but that you don’t see anything quite similar to here on our list? Tell us all about what you created and how you did it or link us to photos of your finished work in the comments section!