Upcycling Ideas For The Garden
One of the biggest trends in home decor right now is upcycling, or turning some of our old items into functional and fashionable pieces. The style is spilling out into the garden, and we have a few ideas to get some more mileage out of things we no longer use. Here are a few upcycling ideas for the garden.
A garden trellis is basically a vertical structure with an open framework. In the garden, it's used to give vining plants something to climb. They can be quite beautiful, with green vines and colorful blossoms climbing to the tops of houses or curving to create a delicate green archway.
For an easy trellis, start with a ladder. Ladders can stand up on their own anywhere in your yard or garden. Simply position a vining plant at the bottom of the ladder. Not only can your vine weave itself up the steps, but you can also use the steps as platforms for potted plants and containers.
Wooden pallets used for shipping are very versatile vehicles for upcycling. As is, they can lean against a fence or your house to give your plants something to cling to, or you can disassemble them to create a unique garden ornament of your own.
Everyone has an old mattress to upcycle. Backyard Notes stumbled on a fence that replaced a panel with a naked mattress, making a simple garden gizmo for flowers and plants to cover and scale.
While we use fences to keep our yards private, they can also be used to express our creativity in the garden. To make a fence all your own, try incorporating antique or unusual doors or old window frames. They can be mixed and matched, upright or turned on their sides. If they're unique, you won't have to do much to them to make a stunning garden fence.
There's no end to the fence possibilities for sports enthusiasts, especially the ones who don't like to get rid of their old equipment! Old skis lined up side-by-side can replace the panels of a regular wooden fence. Old bicycle frames can also be pieced together to create a boundary, but it won't do much to keep your garden private.
Most gardens have an edging to separate a lawn, sidewalk or patio from the plants and flowers. They're often made up of bricks or stones, but edging is another opportunity to make use of the items you can't part with and make your garden one of a kind. It's always a shame to have to throw out beautiful wine bottles, so reuse them as gorgeous garden edging.
All of those wire hangers from the dry cleaners are also an option for crafty gardeners to create exquisite edging. Reaching for More has a tutorial on bending hangers into eclectic garden shapes.
Making your garden unique and stylish is probably easiest to do with upcycled planters. Just about anything can be turned into a planter or container garden!
A favorite upcycled planter is cans, like coffee cans, paint cans, and soup cans. Transform any kind of can into a planter by punching drainage holes in the bottom. It will change the way you see kitchen storage!
Much like the garden fence, sports enthusiasts can give their sports equipment like old football cleats, a fisherman's tackle box, and a catcher's mitt new lives as planters. If you're strategic about the curation and placement of your sports accessories, they can turn a garden into a classy sports shrine.