What Can I Make With These?
Have you got something old that you want to reuse but you can’t figure out what to make with it?
Don’t throw it out! Reduce. Reuse. Repurpose. Recycle. This is how the best garden art is made! Plus, it’s super frugal and unique.
And that’s what this Recycled DIY and Craft Project Idea Bank is all about.
Have a look for unwanted stuff / junk you already have, and see what you can make.
And be sure to subscribe here to keep up with the latest recycled project ideas.
If a fear of power tools is holding you back, I’ve got some words of encouragement here. You can do it!
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What Can I Make With…?
Use barn board or scrap wood to create a garden sign
I also use barn board to build my raised garden beds and to build a privacy wall at my patio.
Turn a broken barstool into a birdhouse stand
These are very handy as plant stands too.
Bathtub – claw foot
How to make a bathtub garden pond
Old bedposts become table legs for a potting table
Bedframe – metal headboard and footboard
DIY bed frame veggie garden
Birdbath, cement, broken
Turn a leaky birdbath into a fabulous garden planter
Plant a bird cage with succulents
Bird feeder (metal, cage-style with tube)
Make a self-watering flower planter
Branches, Twigs, Sticks
DIY thrift shop bug house
A burlap bird bath. Seriously.
Burlap is also useful as a flower pot liner instead of using the more expensive coir ones.
Cans, pop, soda, beer, food
Earth-wise owls made from recycled cardboard
You can also use cardboard to snuff out weeds in the garden. Add a layer and weight it down. The weeds will give up eventually.
Ceiling lamp cover
Keep squirrels away from bird feeders with this trick
Make plant tags with chalkboard paint
Use Christmas balls to make ‘eggs’ for a garden art nest
Turn a kitchen colander into a bling-bling garden chandelier
You can also paint colanders in nice, bright colours and use them as hanging planters.
Concrete / Cement
Turn old junk into fun flower planters
Crock Pot / Slow Cooker
Crystal and plastic prisms
Make a junk/art chandelier for your garden
These are good for all sorts of projects including sun catchers and wind chimes.
Curio cabinet / Knick-knack cabinet
Cutlery – knives, forks, spoons
Create garden art flowers with kitchen supplies
Cutlery is also useful for making unique hooks, wind chimes, plant markers, signs….
Make mini garden art dish flowers
Turn kitchen dishes into garden art flowers
Old dishes can be used for lots of things in the garden
Make a birdbath for a fraction of the cost of buying one
Use old vases and plates to make garden art totems
Fishing tackle box
Plant succulents in a fishing tackle box (and more)
Turn fly swatters into plant markers
Frame, Picture FramesDIY framed succulent wall planter
Garden wall planters
Turn wall planters into a giant garden orb
Glass panes, vases
Grape vine / Grape vine wreath
Convert a grape vine wreath into a giant garden art bird nest
DIY garden art woman made from an ironing board
Kitchen cutlery, tools, accessories
See how this folk artist uses keys for his garden art creationsLamp globe
Make a garden frog prince from a lamp globe
I also use strong, old lamp globes to make decorative garden balls (instead of using bowling balls).Lights12 unusual uses for decorative string lightsLocks
See how this folk artist uses old locks for his garden art creationsLunchbox
Turn an old lunchbox into a garden junk planter
Mesh Skimmer (for frying foods)
DIY mobile phone holder/speaker
Turn a paint tray into a pond waterfall
Make artistic windows from picture frames
Make mini garden art flowers from pickle dishes
Bird & butterfly water feeder
15 pinecone craft and decor projectsPlastic water bottles
DIY Water bottle bird feederPolymer clay
Fairy garden miniatures – lily padsFairy garden miniatures – acorn birdhouse, frog, flowers
Pool noodle / Water woggleMake a floating garden pond planter
Pop bottles, soda bottles
Handy dandy bird feeder scoop using pop bottles
Large pop bottles and jars are also handy as cloches to protect small, tender plants when there’s a risk of frost or harsh weather.
Adorable DIY pinecone animals
World’s cutest reindeer cupcakes
Salt & pepper shakers
Make garden art flowers
Shoebag / Hanging Shoe Organizer
Shutters, wood or metal
Make a garden art angel from an old shutter
Slow Cooker / Crock Pot12 Creative Non-Food Uses for a Slow Cooker
Soda Cans / Pop Cans
Solar light stands
Use solar light stands to hold decorative garden balls
Stair risers (wood)
Make a fairy garden in a suitcase
Create a wall display of rusty, old tools
Super cute garden art critters made from old tools
More ideas for rusty, old tools in the gardenAnimals made from old toolsGarden trellis for peas and beansTrumpet and horns
This folk artist uses damaged trumpets in a cute wayVases, bottles
Use small vases to make garden art dish flowers
Turn vases and dishes into bird baths and totemsWashers, metal
Make plant tags with washersWater bottlesDIY Water bottle bird feeders
Water Bottle, metal
Wall-mounted vertical plant shelf made from 2x4s
25+ Creative Ways to Reuse Christmas Trees (crafts, decor, and practical garden uses)
DIY plant markers and tags made from wooden spoons
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And now go make something wonderful.
That should keep you busy. Have fun!
~Melissa the Empress of Dirt ♛