DIY Upcycling Ideas For The Garden
"Reduce, reuse and recycle" is turning into a nationwide mantra so we can preserve and protect our environment. The big summer trend for people who are into DIY is upcycling items for the garden. If you're not familiar with the term "upcycle," it's simply the idea of using an item that's too worn out for its original purpose by turning it into something functional or fashionable. With all the work we do in the garden this time of year, we put together a few ideas for upcycling in the garden so you can preserve and protect your environment.
Most gardens have an edging to separate a lawn, sidewalk or patio from the plants and flowers. They're often made up of bricks or stones, but edging is another opportunity to make use of the items you can't part with and make your garden one-of-a-kind.
- It's always a shame to have to throw out beautiful wine bottles, but, upside down, they can be reincarnated into gorgeous garden edging.
- All of those wire hangers from the dry cleaners are also an option for crafty gardeners to create exquisite edging. Reaching for More has a tutorial on bending hangers into eclectic garden shapes.
Making your garden unique and stylish is probably easiest to do with upcycled planters. Just about anything can be turned into a planter or container garden.
- A favorite upcycled planter is the can -- coffee cans, paint cans, soup cans -- any kind of can transforms into a planter by punching drainage holes in the bottom. It will change the way you see kitchen storage.
- Much like the garden fence, sports enthusiasts can give their sports equipment new life as planters -- old football cleats, a fisherman's tackle box, a catcher's mitt. If you're strategic about the curation and placement of your sports accessories you can turn a garden into a classy sports shrine.
A garden trellis is basically a structure with an open framework. In the garden, it's used to give plants something to climb. They can be quite beautiful with lengthy, green vines and colorful blossoms reaching the tops of houses or curving to create a delicate green archway.
- An easy trellis to create from what's in the garage is a ladder. Ladders can stand up anywhere in your yard or garden to add stunning greenery. Not only can your vine weave itself up the steps, but you can also use the steps as platforms for potted plants or container gardens.
- Wooden shipping pallets are versatile vehicles for upcycling. As is, they can lean against a fence or your house to give your plants something to cling to, or you can disassemble them to create a unique garden ornament of your own.
- Everyone has an old mattress to upcycle. Backyard Notes stumbled on a fence that replaced a panel with old mattress springs making it a simple garden gizmo for flowers and plants to cover and scale.
While we use fences to keep our yards private, they can also be used to our creativity in the garden.
- One way to make a fence all your own is to incorporate antique or unusual doors or old window frames. They can be mixed and matched, upright or turned on their sides. If they're unique, you won't have to do much to them to make a stunning garden fence.
- There's no end to the fence possibilities for sports enthusiasts, especially the ones who don't like to get rid of their old equipment! Old skis lined up side-by-side can replace the panels of a regular wooden fence. Old bicycle frames can also be pieced together to create a boundary, but it won't do much to keep your garden private.
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