Making Garden Decor From Recycled Junk

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Making Garden Decor From Recycled Junk
Tin cans can be transformed into flower pots. (open tin can image by Melking from

Growing a garden is all about cultivating and tending to something over time, turning what seems like an inconsequential investment into a decorative project. By repurposing junk to make garden decor, you're doing this very same thing. Instead of going to a major retailer and shelling out big bucks for mass-produced decorations, make your garden decor as unusual as your garden itself. A few simple supplies and some unconventional junk, along with a DIY attitude, add character and style to any garden.

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Things you need

  • Tin can
  • Hammer
  • nails
  • Plants and soil
  • Mailbox
  • Paint and paintbrush
  • Mirrors

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    Clean out old tin cans, like ones that held nuts, lead-free paint or coffee.

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    Puncture a few small holes in the bottom using a hammer and nails. This allows water to drain out.

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    Fill the can with soil and a potted plant, then place it in a prominent area where it can soak up the sun.

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    Find a vintage kitchen cupboard with shelving inside.

  2. 2

    Paint the cupboard, sanding beforehand if necessary.

  3. 3

    Store garden tools inside the cupboard.

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    Place an antique mailbox on top of the cupboard and use it to store smaller tools, like spades and work gloves.

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    Buy a mirror with a large, ornate wooden frame.

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    Paint the frame.

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    Place the mirror, among other mirrors, in the garden where it can refract light and reflect the greenery, making the space brighter and bigger.

Tips and warnings

  • Experiment with other unconventional vessels that can hold soil and potted plants, like shopping trolleys, old sinks or antique toilets.
  • Don't go overboard--if you let repurposed junk define the space rather than accent it, your garden may look like a junkyard.

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