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 recycle 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.


Thrift Store DIY Garden Projects


From ‘Gumption Decor’ I love this DIY file cabinet planter! I’ve seen these types of thrift store DIY garden 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).

Green bamboo in a large, black, rectangular planter.

Since that one was no longer published on the internet, we found another filing cabinet planter idea with a tutorial! Check out this one by ‘Oleander and Palm!’

a black, rectangular filing cabinet planter with cactus plants

Garden decor with thrifted materials

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.

A round, white garden sphere dotted with blue, green, white, yellow, and black dots.

Ingenious much? ‘Gadget Sponge‘ created these repurposed up cycled bird feeder for ‘Birds and Blooms Magazine‘! Pretty…Cool… And a good tutorial too!

A hanging bird feeder filled with seeds, nuts, and apple slices, made from a muffin tin and pot lid.

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’.

Two finches in a metal lantern-shaped bird feeder

Our next thrift store DIY is from ‘Ruff by Margo’. Unfortunately, this blog post is no longer published so we can’t link it, but no worries, we found a similar one with a tutorial by ‘Organized Clutter‘ so you can check it out and make one for your own garden!

A window box planter made from thrifted wood.

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!

An acorn-shaped bird feeder filled with seeds.

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 DIY garden project, huh?

Decorative, hanging outdoor chandeliers made from upturned wire baskets.

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 nature, this is the DIY garden project for you. (Or, even if you don’t!) Step by step photos. Love this!

An artificial, decorative garden toadstool made with a thrifted bowl and wood.

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 this thrift store DIY garden project stands out in the garden, but not so much as to clash with it’s surroundings.

A birdbath made from thrifted teacups, a teapot, and plates.

Use a thrift store spring form pan to make these DIY stepping stones from ‘Home Hardware‘. Very simple DIY garden project tutorial. Either a project with the kids this weekend, or for yourself!

Stepping stones made from a thrifted springform pan, decorated with leaf prints and dragonfly stamps.

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!

A plant-filled terrarium made from a repurposed light fixture.

This dresser turned planter from Kay Basset is via ‘Flea Market Gardening‘. Great site with a lot of DIY garden thrifting ideas!

A white wooden dresser with four drawers pulled out to act as containers for potted plants.

Finally, 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!

Two wooden chairs near a waterfront sit behind a DIY fire pit table top.

If you enjoyed our post on Thrift Store DIY Garden Projects, then we think you will also love DIY Teacup Gardens and Planters and How to Make a Unique Garden Lantern! And don’t forget to pin for later!



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