Wonderful Windows and Doors in the Garden

If you are looking for a way to add some whimsy or character to your garden, you have a pretty safe bet if you use windows and doors to amp up the pretty. Windows and doors both add a sense of mystery to a garden, a wonder of what surprises lie just beyond where the eye can see. Add some vintage age, and you have a recipe for a delightful space that lures in even the most cynical garden visitor. … [Read more...]

15 Creative Garden Fence Spruce-Ups

We don't always think of our outdoor spaces like rooms, but we should! There should be design elements in every garden that make us smile, and that shouldn't be limited to just plants. Garden fences are like our virtual "walls" in a garden, and if you think of them that way, you know they need some sprucing! As you would hang photos and art on your interior walls, don't be afraid to try these 15 … [Read more...]

DIY Outdoor Dining Tables

I don't know about you, but given the choice, I would rather eat outside in my garden. It doesn't matter if it's a quiet breakfast with just me and the songbirds, or a big family get together, outside is better. But, I kinda hate my table. It's glass, it's not my style, and it doesn't mesh with the outdoors well at all. So we found these DIY outdoor dining tables so that we can all find a way to … [Read more...]

How to Make a Unique Garden Lantern

Nothing is better than soft, natural lighting while spending time outdoors in the evening hours. I don't know about you, but I prefer my garden lighting to have some character! Lighting in the garden is really important if you spend any time outdoors after the sun goes down, and it should definitely be more than switching on a porch light. We found these DIY projects that show us how to make these … [Read more...]

Rusty Metal Garden Decor

I'm a big fan of certain things in the garden... stone, concrete, metal and wood. I think it's because even while some of these things are not organic in their mentioned forms, (though some are), they all do represent natural entities... earth, fire, water - and come from the earth in some way. And they are all subject to the rigors of Mother Nature, no matter how strong or hard they once were. … [Read more...]

Thrift Store DIY Garden Projects

Repurposing is a craze that is not going away any time soon, and it shouldn't! We all need to think about things in a new way to prevent waste, and it helps that it is a lot of fun to use your creativity to make old things into new. I especially love to use old things in the garden... Ok, it sounds dumb, but I feel like Mother Nature appreciates it just a little more when it's used to enhance the … [Read more...]

Step by Step! : DIY Garden Steps and Stairs

Unless your yard and garden is perfectly flat, chances are at one time or another, you've thought, "wouldn't some steps be nice there?" Or even more ambitiously, stairs? Steps and stairs make getting around the yard easier, of course. But they also lead the eye through the garden, and give it structure. You can add DIY steps and stairs to your garden with these tutorials and inspirational ideas. … [Read more...]

DIY Garden Trinkets

We all have those little trinkets around our home, to personalize our space, remind us of memories, or simply to showcase our creativity. But did you ever think of having garden trinkets? You know, cute decorative things that just make you smile? After all, the garden is an extension of the home. (At least it always should be!) So we searched the blogosphere and found you some great ideas for DIY … [Read more...]

DIY Tiki Torches

There is something magical about a summers night in the garden. Warm air, stars, nostalgia, good friends... Being in the garden at night feels like you get permission to share in the quiet part of nature's day... It's relaxing, a little mysterious, and a lot of fun. However, we have two problems hanging out in the garden after the sun goes down. One is light, the other is bugs. We have a solution … [Read more...]

Cocktails Anyone? – DIY Outdoor Bars!

With summer festivities and holidays rushing toward us, there is no better time to stop and think about how you want to enjoy your outdoor space this season. Me? I love Steve's margaritas... and a glass of wine. A good craft beer in the heat of the summer works too! With outdoor spaces being extensions of the indoors in todays homes, making a DIY bar just seems like a dang good idea. And if you … [Read more...]

Repurposing Ideas for Outdoor Room Decor

Your outdoor rooms are just as important as your indoor rooms when it comes to decor. The nice thing about decorating outdoors is that repurposed materials are an even more perfect fit there. Anything that holds beauty for you can be repurposed into something functional, decorative or useful for that deck, porch or patio. And what outdoor space doesn't need a little old fashioned charm? So we … [Read more...]

12 Great DIY Greenhouse Projects

Greenhouses can extend your growing season, allow you to propagate plants from your yard, and the yard of fellow gardeners, and let you grow tender or delicate plants you might not otherwise be able to grow. I've seen lettuce and spinach grow in a greenhouse when there was a foot of snow on the ground. An old gardening friend of mine would use her greenhouse to pot up all her volunteer seedlings … [Read more...]

10 Creative DIY Bird Feeders

I love songbirds, and I have several feeders in my yard. But I get bored with the same old stuff you find at the box stores... I love the idea of making your own bird feeders because it's an easy project even for beginners, and also because I think it makes the connection with nature stronger when you have had a hand in it. And since I love things that are just a little bit unique, here are our … [Read more...]

More Garden Containers You Never Thought Of…

One of our most popular posts, "Containers You Never Thought Of" (find it here) was just begging to be repeated, so we spent some time this week searching for even more unique garden container ideas for you. A few of these have good links to them, but honestly a lot of these photos we found on Pinterest, and search as we might, could not find a good source for them. They are so inspirational we … [Read more...]

DIY Garden Trellis Projects

Growing vines and other vertical elements in a garden adds height, interest, expands useful space, and sometimes even acts as a privacy screen! It's pretty impossibly to grow most vines, however, without the proper support. You can build DIY garden trellises for any garden from anything from inexpensive lumber to recycled and repurpose materials. Check out these DIY garden trellis tutorials and … [Read more...]

DIY Potting Benches

If you garden at all, you need a potting bench! Why? Yes, you could transplant those seedlings on the back patio, and you could re-pot all your houseplants on a newspaper covered dining table. But once you've discovered the convenience of having a dedicated potting table for all your garden chores, you will never go back! Don't want to shell out hundreds for a nice looking one from the catalogs? … [Read more...]

Quick Tip – Recycled Trampoline Hanging Bed!

  How many of us parents have old trampolines laying in our backyard, unused and wasting away? How about using your old trampoline and recycle it into a hanging garden bed for your porch or yard? Use you imagination to replicate this ideas in your garden. Easy basics steps? 1. Create a cushion of the bed. How about covering foam with old sheets, or perhaps for a tough cover, a … [Read more...]

DIY Indoor Herb Gardens

I love herbs, and growing them indoors is easy. Herbs add a texture, feel and scent to a room or a garden that is unlike any other plant. And, there is nothing like cooking with fresh herbs! But if you are like me, you like to do most things just a little bit different, so we found these DIY indoor herb garden projects and ideas that are just a cut above the usual terra cotta pots. (Not that there … [Read more...]

Repurposed Door Projects

I love a charming garden project. Something creative and a bit unexpected, that has all the attributes of good art with all the care and concern of an aged and weathered object. So comes our next garden project ideas for our readers... repurposed door projects for the garden. All these projects can be done with old or new doors, but I do suggest visiting your local architectural salvage company, … [Read more...]

DIY Rain Chains

Rain chains are perfect instruments for harnessing the elements of nature in the garden, so that they can be appreciated. Using a rain chain anywhere in the garden adds a decorative element, and who doesn't love the sight and sound of water in the garden? However, they can be expensive and hard to find. We decided to go out and find some DIY rain chain projects and tutorials for you just in time … [Read more...]

DIY Up-Cycled Garden Gates

The garden gate is the quintessential "first impression" of any garden, and making it special sets the tone for your outdoor space. Why not use up-cycled materials to create a garden gate with charm, cleverness, creativity...and is a good thing for nature. (Recycling!) We scoured Pinterest and the web for bloggers that have some great ideas for up-cycled garden gates, and anyone who is handy … [Read more...]

Need Privacy? DIY Garden Privacy Ideas

Most of us have wished for a little more privacy in our yards and gardens...unless you live on acreage, chances are you have a neighbor just a little too close. No matter how tight you are with your neighbors, you just might want to feel a little less exposed when enjoying your own outdoor space. Deborah Silver has this great privacy wall for us made of wooden posts and planters filled with … [Read more...]

DIY – Cool and Creative Planter

We here at TGG have been doing a lot with antique glass insulators lately... we have a tutorial on making a garden lantern from insulators that has been pretty popular on Pinterest... I think we're drawn to the insulators because we love colored glass, we LOVE the history behind these up-cycled pieces, and also because they seem to fit well in every style, from rustic to modern. We recently … [Read more...]

Make Your Own Wind Chimes

I love wind chimes in the garden, and have longed for a gorgeous set for a couple of years now. Problem is, not only do they cost over $150, I would just be waiting for the first unexpected wind storm to blow that "c" note right out of my yard! Wind chimes are simply any item that is light enough to blow in the wind, can be tied to a hanging implement with twine or fishing line, and makes a … [Read more...]

Hang It! – DIY Hanging Planters

Hanging planters work both indoors and out, with garden annuals and with evergreens. Creating your own DIY hanging planters is easy, and it adds character to your home or garden by giving you a unique container. Keep in mind that hanging planters can be heavy, so please use your judgement in choosing hanging materials, and in securing them to a structure. Other than that, anything that holds soil … [Read more...]

TGG Fav Five: Pallet Planters

We've seen pallets turned into about every DIY project possible, and it's good... they are cheap or free, we recycle when we create a pallet project, and I just love the organic feel to such a simple thing. My favorite use of pallets however, is pallet planters. They just fit in a garden, ya know? So here are TGG's fav five of the week, Pallet Planters! This living wall was created by Dremel … [Read more...]

DIY Garden Art Ideas

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 … [Read more...]

Fall Is For The Birds! 7 DIY Bird Baths

Fall is the time of the year when birds become very active in the garden. I love birds in my yard, and we here at TGG have feeders and bird baths that we keep active all year round to attract the little guys.  Oh, and they are great garden decor as well! When it comes down to it, a bird bath is just a shallow container that holds water sat onto a base. So there are more ways to build a bird … [Read more...]

Favorite Creative Garden Projects

This week we have some of TGG's favorite creative garden projects we have run across while exploring the many wonderful DIY blogs out there! Check all these out for DIY garden tutorials and inspiration!   1 - Moss Graffiti - Learn how to make moss graffiti.     2 - $10 DIY One Hour Upcycled Firepit - From a washing machine drum.   3 - Pebble … [Read more...]

Garden Edging: 5 Ways to Edge Your Landscape with Recycled Materials

One of the most overlooked elements of garden design for the average DIY gardener is garden edging. It can be laborious to install, expensive, and lets face it...just plain boring. Landscape edging can create a solid hard-scaping base for your garden design to improve curb appeal, and add structure to your garden and yard during the winter months. Here are 5 great ways to make your garden edging … [Read more...]