DIY garden art

Garden art is a great way to add focus and interest in the garden either in colder months when less is in bloom, or to bring a different dimension to a garden full of life. Either way, art belongs in the garden. After all, nature is our best art inspiration. Since your garden is already such a wonderful expression of self, use the opportunity to create DIY yard art for your garden, using these ideas for inspiration!

 

Use a masonry bit and drill on each stone, and then place a piece of rebar into the ground to slide the stones onto.

DIY garden art

 

Take old wooden ceiling fan blades when the fan quits working and create yard art, like these butterflies. Waterseal, then polyurethane them well to prevent warping. The bodies are old table legs!

DIY garden art

 

Drill holes randomly in a fence, then place in colored marbles.

DIY garden art

 

Fun use and great recycling. Garden art with windows!

DIY garden art

 

Moss spheres on rebar shoved into the soft soil.

DIY garden art

 

Create mosaic art with silicone caulk, tiles and glass and grout on old bowling balls.

DIY garden art

DIY garden art

Which one would you like to try, and why?

Image Credits: indulgy, lucydesignsonline, thankful2, yourfreedomproject, dirtdujour, flickr, gardendivadeb



44 Comments

  1. Leslie Colby September 29, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    I have been using the glass globe to make concrete balls for awhile. I teach garden art to kids. Which reciepe do you like if you are going to mosaic on top. I’d like to try one that makes them lighter for the kids
    I’ve also made giant stepping stones useing a pan that is so pose to go under a water heater. They are very cool but super heavy. They’d make a great table top too

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    1. Kathy Woodard October 2, 2013 at 6:33 pm

      Thanks for the questions! If you want a lighter recipe, the hypertufa is definitely the way to go… the perlite really lightens it up… as far as the mosaic, I would pick recipe 2 or 3… though it would work, the straight Portland cement is a little harder to work with and tends to need to be thinner, and the hypertufa I think would be too rustic and compete with the mosaic… -Kathy

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    2. Alycia Diehl January 11, 2014 at 10:18 pm

      I like to use Styrofoam spheres and cover them in plaster like used for a cast then let it dry and cover with glass and grout as usual it’s soooo light my 6 yr old nephew can carry 3 at a time! The plaster makes them VERY strong or you can use a plaster of paris to cover it too!

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      1. Kathy Woodard January 13, 2014 at 8:40 pm

        Sounds very cool!

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    3. Moni September 6, 2015 at 8:47 pm

      I have been making concrete balls by buying cheap beach balls as big as possible and then I cover them with drywall tape. Then I cover them with a layer or two of mortar and mosaic on top of that. When I want a real big ball I find a used fitness ball in a garage sale.. These balls are not heavy but they are also not very sturdy unless you add more layers of mortar. I made some with holes in it. Then I just pop the ball and take it out through one of the holes.

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      1. Kathy Woodard September 17, 2015 at 8:47 am

        Great idea Moni, thanks for sharing that tip!

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    4. LaVohn April 1, 2016 at 9:22 am

      I have made stepping stones in old aluminum pie plates<< They are small but work fine.

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      1. Michele August 6, 2016 at 10:26 am

        I would love to do this, too! How do you remove the stepping stones from the pan?

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        1. Kathy Woodard September 7, 2016 at 4:03 pm

          They should just pop out after they dry.

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  2. noreen March 15, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    Love the windows this just may be what I’m looking to do on an insanely hot and sunny western facing spot.
    Dig the dragonflies too. How did you know I picked up a ceilng fan to replace my broken one just today.

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  3. Sue R May 15, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Love are the unique ideas! What size rebar is used for the smooth rock totem? Too bad there are no smooth rocks in my area.

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  4. peggy June 6, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    This is the best garden art post I have ever seen. Love the dragonfly and the mosaic bowling balls. Thanks for sharing.
    Peggy

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  5. Kristey July 24, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Love the stacked stones! Adds architectural interest and height to the yard without a lot of expense or work.

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  6. Mandy Lou August 2, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    Good stuff. I love the dragon flies idea…always frustrating to find such a cool diy project after I’ve tossed something out, like fan blades. Oy vey, I should know better, but my husband is convinced I am a hoarders when I say “but I know I can use it later.”

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  7. Joyanne December 16, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    I love these ideas! I can’t wait until spring to start on them. I have already collected 2 bowling balls, 4 fan blades, and the marbles for my wooden garden gate. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    1. Kathy Woodard December 30, 2014 at 9:37 am

      I love unique projects for the garden too, let us know how they turn out!

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  8. Alen January 5, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Love, Love, LOVE everything here!!! Specially the dragonflies with the fan blades…can’t wait to get started!

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  9. leigh James January 7, 2015 at 8:06 am

    Oh my gosh, I love the marbles in the fence idea!! This year will be the year I give my poor old garden a much needed make over. I’m planning some veg pots, putting up some decking and have even found an outdoor rug to add some colour contrast And as my fence already has plenty of holes i’m going to add some marbles too. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Carole April 2, 2015 at 6:38 pm

      Having trouble finding see through, colored marbles, any suggestions? Thanks.

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      1. Katie Anne September 4, 2016 at 10:16 pm

        Michael’s hobby and crafts

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  10. Gayle H January 13, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    Any suggestions for where to get smooth rocks for the totem? It would be awesome in my yard!

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    1. Lisa February 18, 2015 at 4:42 pm

      Smooth rocks can be found at any stream or beach. It is water that smooths them. just be sure you do not take them from a protected or conservation area.

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  11. Sanette April 20, 2015 at 1:05 am

    Hi, Sanette here from South Africa!
    I love your site and find a lot of inspiration here. I have to however always keep in mind that we are opposite seasons to you guys in the Northern Hemisphere…..we are in Fall (Autumn over here) now and I go through a stage of itching to transform the garden as it goes into the slumbering season. I love the moss balls and since I am in the Cape of Good Hope area and we get winter rainfall, I would love to start on these to funkyfy the yard through the long, cloudy, rainy season. I am always at the loss as the garden becomes a miserable place to work in during the winter. Please let me know how I could go about getting diffirent kinds of moss as I do not think our nurseries sell it as plants…..

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    1. Sanette April 20, 2015 at 1:07 am

      ALSO, how do I go about getting the moss to grow on the balls? Never seen anything like this around here – would be a real conversation starter! Any suggestions and advice would be appreciated!

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    2. Kathy Woodard September 17, 2015 at 9:10 am

      Hi Sanette! I understand the frustration about opposite seasons… remember, you can always search on the site for articles about the season you are in, even if they aren’t the featured posts that week! As far as the moss goes, I found this site online, thought I have no experience with them… Maybe they can help! http://www.mossacres.com

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  12. Patricia May 29, 2015 at 4:57 am

    Oooooh, I am inspired …LOVE your ideas and EVERYTHING is beautiful and creative…cant waitto try SOMETHING … though I confess I am so excited…”I am on my horse and going in all directions!” so will have to settle down and CHOOSE where to start! Gracias!

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  13. Linzi June 4, 2015 at 8:26 am

    i wish I had a wood fence now to put marbles in! This really speaks to me!!

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    1. Kathy Woodard June 9, 2015 at 9:31 am

      I know! I love how the light looks shining through!

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  14. Rebecca September 8, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    I love the stone towers and the dragonflies. I’m going to try both. I have a ton of rocks in my yard. Thanks for the ideas. Beautiful.

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  15. Wendy Dodd February 7, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    I run a horse riding school clients come from all over the world and I really strive to make my property welcoming as well as functional. Alas, I am not a creative person but your ideas inspire me and I look forward to Autumn when the weather cools down a bit and I can translate some of these ideas to make my little part of the world a more beautiful place

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  16. Carrie April 3, 2016 at 7:01 am

    Where can I buy stones for the ‘stone tower’? I really like those stones – Thanks!

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    1. Katie Anne September 4, 2016 at 10:21 pm

      Try a garden and landscaping center.

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  17. Sara April 18, 2016 at 5:08 am

    I use plastic kids balls from the dollar store and make a small hole at the top and fill with cement. After dry cut off the plastic balk. I like mortar mix for these bc it’s so smooth. I reuse plastic lids (they are thick) from my work lunches to make 2 inch thick stepping stones for the garden.

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  18. Sara April 18, 2016 at 5:09 am

    Love your site by the way!

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    1. Kathy Woodard April 19, 2016 at 11:00 am

      Thx Sara!

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  19. Patti Lawrence June 27, 2016 at 6:54 am

    I’m pretty sure you cannot drill through stone with a masonry bit. Would someone who has actually drilled through stone please tell me how you did it?
    Patti

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    1. Sonya March 2, 2017 at 5:58 pm

      I drilled thru 2 20″ high red quartzite stones to make trickle fountains. They turned out beautiful & attract numerous boards. I purchased a 2 foot diamond bit & drilled top to bottom with the stone submerged in water to keep it from overheating.

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  20. Judith R September 6, 2016 at 8:28 am

    I love the stacked stone and it gave me an idea to make a different type of fountain. Need a base and concrete bits.

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  21. darlene Couch January 12, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    I agree with Patti. Drilling through stone with a masonry bit is not that easy. It takes more work than you think.
    I tried this and gave up. I’m open for any suggestions.

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  22. Eunice Helmore March 29, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    I would love to make some stepping stones for my garden with coloured stones, flat glass stones etc. What is the best thing to use for the stones? Lovely site. Thank you.

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    1. Kathy Woodard April 17, 2017 at 12:26 pm

      One of the best places to start is with simple concrete stepping stone from the home improvement store, like Home Depot. Hope that helps!

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  23. Nancy B. April 3, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    Love all your ideas! Thank you for sharing! :)

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  24. Susan May 2, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    I’m stumped as to how to keep the marbles from sliding when gluing onto bowling ball. Suggestions please? thank you

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