Recycling is good, but upcycling is better! It’s not just the recycling of raw materials that’s important, the conversion of worn-out items is also a really great thing that protects the environment. “From old to new” is not only a creative process, but also depends on a very sustainable attitude to life. This seeks new uses for an old item and breathes new life into it. Since the new garden season is already here, today we will show you 70 super original upcycling ideas on how to make your own garden decoration yourself. Old crockery, tin cans, shoes and rubber boots, drawer cabinets and wooden chairs, bird cages and bathtubs that are no longer needed: all great building materials for your zero waste outdoor decoration.
Make unusual garden decorations yourself
Planters with a difference!
Quite popular and popular is the planting of all used objects. This not only implements a smart idea, but also provides the special upcycling touch. Depending on your personal preferences, you can try different flowers and plants, but more robust and easy-care plant species, such as succulents or horned violets, for example, are more suitable. As with other planters, provide good drainage with pottery shards or gravel and lay some green moss at the bottom for added decoration or compaction. Where necessary, you should also drill small holes on the underside of the DIY planter so that the irrigation water can run off undisturbed.
And that’s how easy it is to turn the old typewriter into a fancy flower pot
Just like the disused sewing machine
You can even transform thick, old books into original planters
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Kitchen sieves as upcycling planters are of course real classics
Magical flowers of a special kind
Crafting flowers is up to date in every season. Being able to make these yourself as a whimsical garden decoration is the most beautiful thing. The best part is that they can be made from a ton of old stuff. Tableware made of glass or porcelain is definitely one of them. For example, you no longer need to throw away individual pieces with scratches or cracks because they can be glued together using a hot glue gun. Longer metal or wooden skewers then serve as sturdy flower stems that you can stick directly into the ground. Of course, the creative crockery flowers can also be decorated even more attractively with special glass and porcelain colors.
You can find numerous such handicrafts in the basement or at flea markets
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Imaginative creations in vintage and boho style
Upcycling handicrafts are simply made for decoration in vintage or boho style. The unmistakable nostalgia of disused objects is spiced up with colorful glass. In no time at all, an atmospheric wind chime for the garden or terrace is created from the old kitchen sieve, which can also be used as a hanging lamp. On the other hand, you can combine porcelain cups with a rose pattern with real roses and use them as beautiful hanging decorations. And antique keys with jute and pearls as a boho wind chime undoubtedly attract everyone’s attention and bring a special romantic mood.
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Make fun garden decorations with children
Of course, the little ones also have a lot of fun making garden decorations. Be it funny figures, cute little animals, colorful mushrooms or insects… everything brings joy and gives pleasant handicraft and play time. Tin cans with a bit of metal paint or varnish can be turned into flower pots with dots, and with a little imagination you can make a cute cow out of the clay flower pots. Stones and balls can be painted quickly and easily and transformed into colorful ladybugs or busy bees. Help your kids with this fun yet useful craft activity. At the same time, you help them to let their creativity run free.
Making garden decorations with children is also a lot of fun for adults
Old CDs and glass lids are also excellent when making your garden figures
And how about bee colonies made out of clay pots?
Have you ever seen colorful mushrooms growing out of clay?
Or a cute Maya the Bee from Ball in the garden bed?
A useful mini bee hotel can be conjured up from the old coffee mug with little effort
And disused badminton or tennis rackets are the perfect colorful decoration for the raised bed
Making creative upcycling garden decorations yourself is always worthwhile. Because in this way you not only give your garden an unmistakable flair, but you also contribute to a certain extent to the global reduction in waste. Old objects come to life again and you can really let off steam with your imagination and creativity.
Have fun imitating and creating!
There are hardly any limits to the imagination
Used rubber boots and car tires make perfect DIY planters
Just like metal wheelbarrows and toilet bowls
The drawer cabinet becomes a colorful herb stand
The large rain barrels are perfect as fun wedding decorations for the garden party
A wooden ladder becomes a fabulous display shelf
Just keep looking and get plenty of upcycling inspiration for your DIY garden decoration!