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 great outdoors. Corny, yes. But hey, it makes me feel good. These thrift store DIY garden projects are just the thing for a rainy Saturday (or a sunny Monday!) to help you decorate your outdoor space. Our feature photo above, is from ‘Ruff by Margo‘. She gathers great ideas for old windows, and her reader Jennifer sent this one in, with a window box attached. So charming!
From ‘Gumption Decor’ I love this DIY file cabinet planter! I’ve seen these projects before, but wondered if they could hold up to all that weight of the soil. They fixed this problem by having a wood liner made from scrap wood. A little spray paint and wheels, and a very cool, contemporary planter! (BTW, you need to make sure you have a solid bottom on the file cabinet, these run about $10 at my local Goodwill!)
Pam at ‘House of Hawthornes’ made this DIY mosaic bowling ball yard art from… well, yes, a bowling ball. This is an easy project with some caulk, grout and some craft store gems. I would love one that was all aqua blue! Easy to follow tutorial with photos.
Another repurposed bird feeder that requires almost no work? An old outdoor lantern with the glass removed… Perfect! If you find those cheap brass kinds, use a spray paint with an antique or hammered metal finish on the outside. From ‘Real Simple’.
Ok, this one is a cuuuttteeee. Vanessa at ‘Tried and True’ has a full tutorial for you to learn to make her DIY acorn bird feeder. A wooden bowl from the thrift store and some wire mesh make this adorable! Let’s just hope the squirrels don’t catch sight!
From ‘Ann’s Garden Path’, these hanging chandeliers from wire baskets are really clever, and easy and inexpensive to make. The wire baskets are from thrift stores, and they are lit with a $1.50 Target solar light. Hang them on Shepard hooks, or I love the idea of hanging them in a tree with a little table and two chairs just underneath. Quaint, huh?
‘Let’s Go Fly a Kite’ turned ordinary thrift store salad bowls into the most adorable garden toadstools I ever saw. If you have kids and want to teach them the magic of a garden, this is the project for you. (Or, even if you don’t!) Step by step photos. Love this!
From ‘Morena’s Corner’, this DIY tea pot bird bath is really a piece of vintage art. I love how she reminds us not to paint the top, inside portion of the bird bath. It can’t be good for them! And I really like the soothing green she chose… just enough of a color pop that the piece stands out in the garden, but not so much as to clash with it’s surroundings.
Use a thrift store spring form pan to make these DIY stepping stones from ‘Home Hardware’. Very simple tutorial. Project with the kids this weekend?
Make a terrarium from a repurposed light fixture with this idea from ‘HGTV Gardens’. Easy! Oh, and they have full instructions on caring for a terrarium too!
This dresser turned plant container from Kay Basset is via ‘Flea Market Gardening‘. Great site with a lot of thrifting ideas!
Ok, this last one from ‘Lily Pad Cottage’ I’m throwing in there for two reasons… 1. Even thought she made this amazingly smart DIY fire pit table top from scratch, this could be made using the top of a thrift store dining table as well. 2. It’s smart!Image Credits: Ruff by Margo, Gumption Decor, House of Hawthornes, Birds and Blooms, Real Simple, Tried and True, Ann's Garden Path, Let's Go Fly a Kite, Morena's Corner, Home Hardware, HGTV Gardens, Flea Market Gardening, Lily Pad Cottage