Old door garden gate

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 (or can lean on a handy loved one!) can accomplish these garden projects.

This old window makes a marvelous garden gate… Simply place posts a distance apart equal to the width of the window, add hinges and latches…

Old window garden gate


This garden gate was created from old tools. So creative! Montana Wildlife Gardener used all recycled tools for his project.

Gate from old tools


Dishfunctional Designs recently featured a great garden gate made from an old screen door… Check out your local Habitat for Humanity ReStore!

Screen door gate


Finally, we found a bunch of great gates done out of old metal headboards… I think these might be my favorite!


Headboard gate




What ideas have you run across for creative up-cycled garden gates? Share!

Image Credits: Interior Style Design, Montana Wildlife Gardener, Dishfunctional Designs, Away to Garden, Magnolia Pearl

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  1. Janie Jane June 10, 2017 at 4:58 am

    Nonsense. Bonding primer, a good enamel and topcoat… happy gardening!

  2. Melissa July 13, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    I really do love the recycled wooden doors, but as my handy person reminded me, those will fall apart in about three months. If you get them to last that long! There is really no way to weather proof them.

    1. cindy February 5, 2015 at 4:14 pm

      enamal paint and wood screws!

    2. Mary Heery June 6, 2015 at 6:11 am

      Over time the would deteriorate, but some heavy coats of polyurethane would preserve them longer till u find a replacement down the line.

  3. scott penton January 17, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    Some cool ideas. Thank you for this.


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