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
- Plants and soil
- Paint and paintbrush
Clean out old tin cans, like ones that held nuts, lead-free paint or coffee.
Puncture a few small holes in the bottom using a hammer and nails. This allows water to drain out.
Fill the can with soil and a potted plant, then place it in a prominent area where it can soak up the sun.
Find a vintage kitchen cupboard with shelving inside.
Paint the cupboard, sanding beforehand if necessary.
Store garden tools inside the cupboard.
Place an antique mailbox on top of the cupboard and use it to store smaller tools, like spades and work gloves.
Buy a mirror with a large, ornate wooden frame.
Paint the frame.
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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