These garden art projects all cost less than $20 to make (often a few bucks) and offer a one-of-kind dash of creativity. Many of them can be made with kids and all of them are rated easy to make.
For more, also see Empress of Dirt garden art projects.
Frugal Garden Art Projects
Amanda (Crafts By Amanda) made these wonderful painted plant markers. Once you know how to paint rocks, there’s so many possibilities from rock animals to favourite quotes, tiny rock houses, and more.
Barb C. (Second Chance To Dream) has all sorts of great ideas: candy jar birdfeeder, flower towers, DIY pyramid trellis, pop can flowers, and a gorgeous succulent planter made from an old window frame. These are all items that would be wonderful gift ideas for anyone who loves garden art.
- DIY Candy Jar Bird Feeder
- Knock-off Flower Tower
- DIY Pyramid Trellis
- Turn pop cans into decorative garden art flowers
- Turn an old window into a vertical succulent garden
Barb R. (Our Fairfield Home and Garden) loves to repurpose items that would otherwise go to the landfill. Me too! Here she’s added a splash of colour to old curtain rods and wa-la: perfect hose guard. I shared one of her repurposed rakes in the previous roundup but couldn’t resist showing this one too: don’t you think it makes a charming birdhouse-art piece?
Stephanie (Garden Therapy) shows how to make these beautiful pieces using concrete and pressed leaves. I love concrete balls, planters, and stepping stones, and these are definitely something I want to make.
I’m a big tin-can robot fan and can’t resist having at least one character like this one in the garden, plus a tin-can dog too, of course!
Garden Art Flowers & Robots
And, garden art flowers from dishes and plates have become a garden art classic. It’s a great beginner project you could make any time of the year.
Any one of these projects by Amanda (Crafts By Amanda) would make great gifts for a gardener and could also do well at craft sales.
- Herb Garden Sign: Toads Welcome
- A Watering Can That Pours Crystals
- Make a Fairy House
- Birdy Flower Markers for Your Garden
Barb C. (A Second Chance To Dream) created this headboard bench and pallet herb garden. Wall-mounted gardens are a great way to improve a garden fence or exterior wall. Little benches offer a place to display garden art in a flower bed.
Barb R.’s (Our Fairfield Home and Garden) raised bed you see here (above, left) is actually made from some plastic shutters that were going in the trash. While it’s totally functional, I see it as art too, bringing an unexpected burst of colour to the garden.
If you’ve been gardening a while, you start to cummulate broken tools. I’m pretty sure garden art originated from the days when there was no landfill to send them to so people just repurposed them into something new like this rake birdhouse (above, right).
A project like these painted gourds by Lynne (Sensible Gardening) would be a fun place to start. Be willing to play and learn and you’ll find your art groove.
The garden at night needs its own garden art. Stephanie (Garden Therapy) shows you how to take mason jars and turn them into solar jars.
I found this garden gnome rolling down the road in the middle of a wild wind storm! In other words, he found me. And he never looked right in the garden until I made him some giant toadstools to stand by. Now he fits right in. This is an easy project to make with kids.
~Melissa the Empress of Dirt ♛