DIY Garden Art Ideas

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?

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  1. 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

    • Kathy Woodard says:

      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

    • Alycia Diehl says:

      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!

    • 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.

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

  5. Kristey says:

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

  6. Mandy Lou says:

    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.”

  7. 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.

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

  9. leigh James says:

    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!

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

    • 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.

  11. 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…..

  12. Patricia says:

    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!

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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

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

  17. 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.

  18. Love your site by the way!

  19. Patti Lawrence says:

    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?

    • 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.

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

  21. darlene Couch says:

    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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