One-of-a-Kind Homemade Garden Art
This is my favourite type of garden art: rustic, quirky, folk art made from repurposed junk, scrap wood, and perhaps some paint.
Most of these ideas are from one garden I visited in the summer. If I ever get the artist’s name, I’ll update things here. His garden was filled with all sorts of homemade, quirky art (including this Hairy Potter Bench) and it was really fabulous.
If you have some old household item or piece of junk you want to make into something cool, have a look at my Recycled DIY & Craft Idea Project Idea Bank.
1. Display a Collection
This is pretty much a universal truth with decor (and everything else in the world): there’s power in numbers. Instead of placing items here and there throughout the garden, bring them all together to form a collection.
2. Carved Bunny Welcome Sign
If I had larger pieces of wood like this, I would definitely try creating some giant rabbits with my chainsaw.
Related: 12 Super Simple Garden Art Ideas
3. Driftwood Funny Face
You’ll notice that big ears seem to be a theme with these folk art faces.
4. Funny Face with Curtain Ring Ears
The eyes are bottle caps with real wire-rim glasses. The mouth is a bent canning ring.
5. Funny Face with Keys and Door Knob
Old keys are great for all sorts of garden art. I’d love to have about 1000 of them to make signs (forming the words with the keys).
6. Funny Face with Trumpet Nose
This one is my favourite. I think the broken-off trumpet is from an old holiday decoration.
7. Log Deer
This is the one type of deer no one minds in the garden.
8. Birdhouse with Old Water Fountain
Did you have these old drinking fountains in school when you were a kid? Another cute touch is the tear drop opening on the bird house to go with the faucet.
9. Rustic Sign
It’s super easy to make a garden sign like this if you have a Dremmel tool.
10. Horse Shoes for Luck
If you’re superstituous, always hang them up this way, otherwise your luck will run out!
11. License Plates and Old Tools
When I was a kid, cars got new licence plates each year. Wow, that must have created a lot of fodder for garden junk/art like this:
12. Old Garden Tools
Old garden tools are so much nicer than new ones. I’ve had plenty that never lasted long, but there’s something about the classic old designs that I just love.
13. Rustic Folk Art Yellow Bird
If you have a jigsaw, the world is your folk art oyster! I love this yellow bird.
14. Clawfoot Tub Garden Pond
An old clawfoot tub has been converted into a pond. Water hyancinths (seen here) can be quite invasive but it’s fine in a container pond: they’re not going anywhere!
15. Scrap Wood Woman with Hat
I’m not sure what to say about this one except my first impressions were: cowgirl + ghost.
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