8 Upcycling Ideas for Your Garden

Do you want to modernize your garden but bring a personal touch to it? Upcycling your garden is the way to go. Upcycling is the method of reusing and repurposing materials, which is not just good for the environment but it is also not too pricy. But what makes it appealing is that by saving your environment you are also creating a unique work of art out of your backyard. So let’s start.

Shoes

Gardening Ideas

Your first thought is boots, colorful rubber rain boots. And while they are great containers and planters, think bigger, consider all shoes, your old worn-out walking boots, or maybe your stylish but tired-looking heels. Don’t forget your crocs, they can be placed anywhere in your garden. You can place them next to pathways in your garden or you can reimagine your garden fence as a colorful croc flowerpot vertical garden.

Clothes

Gardening Ideas

While you are rummaging through your shoe closet, see what you can salvage from your clothes that you never wear yet never get rid of. Jeans are a tough fabric that can be used to give your flowerpot a more interesting design, or even a pair of  pants filled with straw. Perhaps you can use your old shirts and transform them into comfy pillows for the yard. Using clothes will give a unique feel to your garden.

Bottles

Gardening Ideas

Bottles are an infinite source of inspiration. They are great building materials and make great pathways and even building blocks for your greenhouse/storage. More typically they are used as flowerpots. If you like a challenge, place the glass bottle horizontally and try cutting a side to create a flowerpot. While they can also be used to protect young plants, you can also cut holes in them and create your own sprinkler. Both useful and fun. Bottles can also be used to create those little ornaments you keep noticing in other gardens, a bottom of a fizzy drink can be easily transformed into a colored but transparent flower.

Food containers

Gardening Ideas

Do you like takeout? If you do, next time when you buy some, leave the plastic containers if possible. Apart from bottles, they make great pots. Tins and jars may also be useful for this, but you can also use them to keep things you need outside – seeds, clothespins, nails or anything else. Revive the containers by applying some paint. For glass objects you can use paint for glass which will give them a more lasting and more impressive effect.

Bicycles

Gardening Ideas

Can we really talk about upCycling without mentioning bicycles? They have become the symbol of decorating gardens with reused materials. For a good reason too – a retired bike can be an interesting piece of art in your garden and a reminiscence of past, but also a place for more flowerpots and even a useful construction for the plants, like vines, to hold on to. You can place your bike idly, surrounded by a flowerbed or go vertical and hang it on your fence. It is sure to be noticed.

Tires

Gardening Ideas

Tires may seem dull but they are full of potential. They can be placed horizontally, as a rounded pot, or vertically, which is more creative and requires less space. Smaller tires like bicycle wheels can be used as a way to separate your flowerbed or vegetable garden from unwanted company. If you don’t care for their color, paint away. Kids are the biggest fans, as tires can be comfy furniture to sit on or even become a swing. And who says adults don’t like swings, too?

Furniture

Gardening Ideas

Bring out the furniture you don’t need inside, and give it a new purpose outside. The possibilities are endless, try using a couple of stacked drawers or a cast-off dresser as planters. You can use an old cupboard as a planting station and a place for your garden tools. If you love projects you might be interested in creating your own green house out of windows.

Panels

Gardening Ideas

Panels are great (re)building material, as they are strong and can be easily altered to suit any space. They make great furniture, sofas, chairs, tables… you name it. But they are also great as containers for your outdoor equipment or as shelves for your vertical garden. After creating new recycled items for your upcycled garden, you can contact rubbish collection experts and in that way make sure that not only your garden is cleared out but your rubbish is recycled properly as well.

Conclusion

The sky is the limit – you can use something as unconventional as your shoes or clothes to upcycle, or perhaps you should opt for the drink and food containers. Reusing bicycles and tires is a great way to beautify your garden, and you can also choose between repurposing old furniture or creating your own out of panels. Let your imagination run wild.

Erin Emanuel

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