Make your own garden junk decorations including owls, cats, robots, and more using these simple tips. With supplies from your kitchen and the right glue, you can make all sorts of wonderful creations.
For more ideas and ready-made junk art, also see 28 Charming Recycled Garden Junk Ideas.
Easy Way to Make Garden Junk Art
Time to empty your kitchen junk drawer, all those what-nots in your workshop, and gather all those metal gizmos and gadgets you never use.
Anything that can withstand the weather is fair game.
Combined with the right, long-lasting outdoor adhesive (see below), you can create all sorts of fun garden junk decor.
I look for anything metal and fairly lightweight, so it’s easy to glue and will endure the weather.
Here’s some suggestions:
- Knives, forks, spoons
- Canning jar lids
- Metal beaters
- Door handles and knobs
- Nuts, bolts
- Jello molds
- Metal filters
- Saw blades
- Empty food cans
- Can & bottle openers
- Measuring spoons
Related: DIY Owl from Recycled Cardboard
2Get the Right Glue
I use GE Silicone II silicone sealant (outdoor, clear-drying) for all my garden art. It forms a permanent bond that does not give up. You can buy it in a small tube or for a caulking dispenser.
If you want to know more about this product, I have answered frequently-asked questions about silicone sealant as a glue here.
More Options: Complete Glue Resource Guide for Garden Projects
3Play With Ideas
Put your supplies out on a table and start playing with ideas.
The best tip for a cute creature is to have obvious eyes. Once you’ve got the eyes, the rest is easy.
If you want to make a specific creature, google junk art + name and view the images tab to get inspiration.
I’m really fond of goofy robot-like creatures and owls.
Here I used a cheese grater as the body of the owl. I then switched to using a metal filter—the type used in range hoods.
TIP: Think about how you’ll want to display your art. If it doesn’t have an obvious way to hang it up, you’ll want to add something to your design to accommodate this.
4Glue Pieces Together
Some pieces like the eyes of this owl are worked in layers, from back to front (above).
The eyes are made from two different sizes of canning jar lids and old fuses plus springs for eyebrows.
Use clamps to hold things in place while the adhesive is drying.
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5Display in Garden
If one looks cute in the garden, a whole bunch look even better. Challenge yourself to make a whole flock—or gang—and give all that old junk a nice, long second life in the garden.
~Melissa the Empress of Dirt ♛