So use the Guide. And
create a one-of-a-kind garden
experience in your own yard.
Okay, at the bottom of
this article, you'll find a garden art from trash tree stump chair
you can make right now.
Then there's a
2 garden art from trash pieces I've got in my backyard.
Art Made From Junk Recycle & Repurpose
And take a look at
the found style of one of Santa's little helpers I happened
upon at a crafty Christmas bazaar.
Making garden art from trash
isn't just a passion. It also defines the eclectic garden
A good mix of the new with homemade,
hand-me-down, and garage sale goodies make an eclectic garden
a welcoming and personal place.
But the carefree charm
of garden art from trash is really a journey of
choices made with a good eye for composition and
So use these recycled art outdoor
decorating ideas to unify your garden composition
and present your fabulous trash art with
Garden art from trash
blends various styles into a single scheme.
So unify a mixed and
matched collection by repeating materials like galvanized
metals, stone and mosaic tile.
Choose a dominant
color and weave it through your whole garden on plants,
pavers and other garden decorations.
Paints and stains
can make the new look old and the old look new.
So paint and stain
furniture, birdhouses, containers and such to tie
together your color scheme.
Let's Make A
Use these tips
for bagging bargains! And you'll decorate your yard on a
shoestring, unleash your creativity and find free stuff and
Arrive early at
garage sales and flea markets.
Auctions and tag sales
are less crowded on weekdays. So go then.
Always try to
negotiate the price when something suits your
If a rickety piece
can't be repaired, always plant flowers in, under it, or
around it -- always!
At specialty shops, go
straight to the clearance section. There are usually lots of
broken and unwanted items perfectly suited for your trash
Keep an eye out for
items with imperfections. Then ask store clerks for a
discount. They usually say yes or let you have it for
Find curbside castoffs by prowling the neighborhood in
spring when people clean out their attics and
If you love
metal garden art from trash, then use these tips to avoid
welds and work safe.
Lots of metal can be
recycled and re-used as seating. And not all metal art
requires a weld.
Drilled pilot holes,
bolting and wiring metals together is a good way to make a
Try stacking pieces on
top of each other and let the weight hold everything
When a weld can't be
avoided, make sure it's safe.
Welding aluminum is impossible without special materials.
And galvanized tin and steel
produce toxic fumes when welded.
There are lots of
tools that are used to work with recycled metals.
But always be mindful to wear safety glasses and
artists are purists. They prefer to leave the metal as is.
While others happily repaint and refinish their metal trash
art. For these artists, a coat of sealer is perfect
for arresting oxidation or weathering.
Tree Stump Garden Chair
just happen to have an old iron chair with no legs laying
around and an unused tree stump? Then this garden art from
trash project is for you.
Examine the chair for any sharp bits of metal
where the legs used to be and smooth them out with a
Put the chair on the tree stump with the front
edge over-hanging just a bit.
Find 4 places in the ironwork that would be
good places to sink a screw into the stump and mark the
positions with chalk.
Lift the chair up. Position a washer over each
chalk mark. Put the chair back into position by lining up
the holes in the seat over the holes in the
washers and chalk marks.
Drill the pilot holes, then sink screws
through the holes in the chair, through the washers, and
into the tree stump to hold the chair in place.
How easy was that!
Make Garden Art From Trash
Here are just a few quick ideas that you might want to
do in your lost-and-found garden.
Re-do shed windows in stained glass
Cap an old store sign with bowling ball
Let coleus thrive in old rusty cans.
Use chunks of limestone unearthed on your property
to outline a garden bed.
Use old plastic dishpans as molds for
Use a discarded fence
post and bare wood scraps to create a personalized garden
Picture Frame Wind Art
Decorate your tree branches with discarded
picture frames. Remove the glass and paint them in dramatic
Then use fishing line to hang them from tree
branches. Play with the angles. Try hanging them from the
Who doesn't love bowling
balls in flowerbeds?
Bowling balls as garden art is old news in
found style and trash art circles.
Let's put a new spin on it. Spray paint pretty
patterns on old bowling balls using stencils.
Then line a garden bed or path with
the balls. Sprinkle around a smidgen of marbles and stones for
Or transform bowling balls into architecture by
turning a metal table upside down, and using the legs as a
mount for your bowling ball.
Reuse old tools
Don't trash your old damaged garden tools.
Re-purpose them as garden sentinels.
Cut the handles to a length you like. Stick them
in the dirt behind tall flowers with the business end up.
Get saucy with saucers
Edge a planting bed with old saucers, dinner
plates, or discarded metal pot tops.
Create a classic look with re-claimed brick. Dig
a trench 4 to 5 inches. Put in an inch of sand for drainage.
And angle the bricks in.
Positioning them with half the brick above
ground and other half below.
Put an old collection of seashells to work as
garden edging. Place them upended or lay them flat.
Alfresco Checker Board Game
Re-purpose old concrete pavers for an
alfresco checkerboard game. Find a level surface in your
Place square pavers on the surface
keeping 2 inches of space between each paver. Paint every
other concrete paver black with concrete paint.
Be creative and come up with what you'll use for
Personify your garden
Make a flowerpot scarecrow and plant the head
with perennial dreadlocks.
Use a rusted wheel barrel as a planter. You can
let it set up right and just plant flowers in it.
Or make it look as if the
flowers are spilling from it by turning it on its side first,
and then planting the flowers.
My Garden Art From
This beautifully rusted chiminea
was just hanging out my backyard with nothing to do.
Now it has its mouth full!
I purchased a fern, and just dropped it in the
mouth of the chiminea. It sits in the shade and gets watered
deeply every day.
This next garden art from trash project is made
from wrought iron wine racks I rescued from the back of a
department store trash bin.
Hens and chicks are one of my favorite
succulents. So my mom glazed some terra cotta pots
in bright colors. Then I planted hens and chicks in
And just dropped the pot in the wine rack hole
that's made to hold wine bottles, and nailed the wine racks to
my deck posts. The hens and chicks hardly need watering and
love to have their roots crowded, so they are a perfect
fit for these small pots.
was invited by my friend Vali to a women's Christmas crafts
bazaar here in East Tennessee.
Once I got there
and started looking around, I couldn't help but
notice the beautiful backyard of our host, Carolyn
graciously gave us a tour. And as always, Vali had
her trusty camera handy and viola, below we are treated to
some of Vali's images of Carolyn's garden art from trash.
The 3 windows you see are
decorating a fence. Carolyn has other plans for them, but like
all of us, she has too much to do, and so little time.
I think they look just
fabulous where they are.
And as you can see, Carolyn
decorates her tree stumps, too. I think those are
succulents she has growning in the shallow bowl sitting on top
of the stump.
This rusted watering can piece is
my favorite. Carolyn re-purposed the rusted watering cans by
nestling them in the English ivy that's
climbing up her side fence. Totally
Isn't it amazing how something so simple can have so much
Next we have a toppled strawberry
jar right at home among her lambs ear
And to the right, keeping her oxalis
company and giving it even more visual appeal is the base
of an old baby carriage. The rusty tones of the
carriage look great against the purple oxalis.
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