20 Fun & Functional Garden Décor Project Ideas

20 Fun & Functional Garden Décor Project Ideas

It’s no secret that Yard & Garden upcycling projects are some of my favorites- in fact, I’ve made way too many planters, bird baths, and other garden décor pieces to even mention individually!

Yard and garden upcycled and repurposed projects by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

So. Many. Projects!

And every year as Spring rounds the corner in March, I get antsy to create something new for our yard (and quite possibly something new for our neighbors to cock an eyebrow at!). I’m by no means alone- some of my favorite bloggers create all kinds of projects for their yards and gardens- the fun and the functional! So I’m turning to them to spark my creative muse…ready for some fantastical ideas?


A vintage match holder is transformed into an absolutely perfect bird feeder! Repurposed vintage matchbox holder repurposed into bird feeder

This will charm your garden clogs off- mason jar vases clipped to a clothesline! My heart is all a-flutter… Mason jar flower vases on a clothes line garden decor

Oh my gosh, an insect hotel– I’ve heard of doing this for honeybees…and this one includes their friends! DIY insect hotel for bees and bugs

A DIY potting bench…with spigot handles…too much perfection…! Repurposed potting bench makeover with spigot drawer pulls and handles

Our firewood is simply piled on our back porch…but this broken down greenhouse transformation to a woodshed is REALLY speaking to me.

DIY woodshed from old greenhouse makeover

There are so many fun garden marker ideas…and I have yet to try out stamping on metal. Maybe this is the year??

Stamped metal vintage spoon garden markers

Repurposing an outdated stair railing as a trellis for climbing veggies? Brilliant. Repurposed railing as a garden trellis

I just love the haunting romance of these antique key wind chimes…and now I want to make one for our porch!Antique skeleton key and mason jar wind chimes

What a fun reuse of a tomato cage- paired with a vintage olive bucket, it makes a seriously delightful planter for your patio. Note to self…look for olive buckets…Tomato cage and vintage olive bucket repurposed as a planter

Who wouldn’t smile at this repurposed garden tool garden gate??Repurposed upcycled garden tool garden gate

A vintage desk turned into a plant station– how fun is that? (Plus I love the bright color she painted it, too).Vintage desk upcycled into a plant station

Sunset Magazine showcased this awesome hose holder using vintage industrial textile spools- those of us in the South have easy access to these spools all the time!DIY hose holder winder using vintage industrial textile spools

I’ve always struggled with finding unique ways to repurpose metal milk crates, so I was really drawn to this idea- a DIY patio stool.DIY patio stool from an antique wire milk crate

Hard to believe this was a plastic toy horse from the thrift store, right? Looks like high-end iron statuary!!From thrift store plastic toy horse to garden statue

Container gardening is one of my favorite things to do with old junk…and this rusty toolbox is no exception. Vintage toolbox planter repurpose upcycle

Giving a backyard shed a junky makeover is my kind of project- especially when it has a vintage, beachy vibe!Backyard garden shed makeover with junk

 Here’s some Garden décor I would have NEVER thought of making- transforming a scratched up tabletop into an oversized “clock”. How fun for a large patio or shed décor!Repurposed tabletop into an oversized garden decor patio clock

What a fun way to jazz up a privacy fence…or just repurpose a pallet (which I have resisted doing thus far, but not sure I can hold out forever!).DIY Garden Slat Wall

Now, I’ve seen flower garden décor made from a lot of things…but hub caps are a first! What was once trash on the side of the highway is now whimsical art- how cool!Repurposed hub caps as garden decor flowers

Talk about adorable convenience- place an old (or new!) mailbox in your garden to store all of your tools in. Green thumb brilliance, I tell ya…Mailbox in the garden for tool storage


I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for mild Spring days so I can go play outside- gardens and repurposing go hand-in-hand, don’t they? Which idea was your favorite?? I definitely can’t decide…but I feel my creativity bubbling over!

Craft on!



PIN ME!Repurposed and Upcycled DIY Garden Decor Project Ideas using Vintage and Thrift Store Items compiled by Sadie Seasongoods


  1. Oh, golly, I am so ready for spring and getting to dig in the dirt! Wonderful roundup of some truly original and creative ideas!

  2. Thank you so much for including our insect hotel in your great collection of garden projects, Sarah!

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      You are so welcome- I just love it so! (But then again, I *am* a biologist in real life, so… 😉 )

    • Hello. Wondering if the insect hotel would be a place that wasps would take over. My neighbor kids are allergic and I don’t want to cause a problem for them. Thanks!

      • Sadie Seasongoods says:

        Mary- in case Julia doesn’t see this, click on the picture of the insect hotel to get to her blog post. That way, you can comment directly on her blog where she’ll definitely see your question.

  3. Hey Sarah ~ thank you for including my repurposed bird feeder! Such a fun collection!

  4. We moved last year and I had no time to do much in the new garden last summer. This year I’d like to try to add some personal touches, give it a bit of personality, you have some great ideas collected here – thanks

  5. Mary-The Boondocks Blog says:

    Thank you Sarah for the feature, I love all of these ideas each one is so unique! Let’s get ready for the outdoors!

  6. Lots of great ideas here! I’m sharing to my FB page!

  7. Some of these are already my favorites, such a great collection, though. Thanks, Sandi

  8. Great round up for spring. Love that gate! I’ve been saving an old mailbox to use in the garden. I sure need to get that up.

  9. Absolutely love all of these! I really like the plants on the fence wall.

  10. I love the mason jar idea, hanging flowers. This is a must do for me:)

  11. Thanks for sharing such wonderful ideas. I especially love the mason jars and woodshed!

  12. Oh my goodness I need that potting bench in the worse way. My back would be much happier!

  13. All super fun but leaning toward the garden clock as my fave! Visiting from Wow Me Wednesday party.

  14. Such cute ideas! We love Spring!

  15. These are all so cute! My faves are the vintage shed and the “clock”…so creative and original!

  16. Thank you so much for including my garden clock in your roundup!

  17. Love these ideas! I can’t wait for spring to be here so I can go outside and decorate.

  18. What an amazing collection of garden decor ideas!
    This is perfect for spring.

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us all at Thoughts of Home on Thursday. We are so glad you are here!

  19. What a great roundup of garden decor ideas. I could stay busy all summer just doing these! 🙂 Saw your link at Create It Thursday.

  20. You collected some of the best garden ideas around. I love them all and plan to try at least some of them. Pinned, tweeted, and shared on Facebook. Thank you for sharing at Vintage Charm.

  21. Pondside says:

    What a lot of good ideas! The one I can see putting into my garden right away is the mailbox garden-tool holder. What a lot of inspiration here!

  22. Oh I adore so many wonderful ideas. I love the matchbox holder turned feeder.
    Thank you so much for sharing this lovely post at Thoughts of Home on Thursday. Wishing you and yours a glorious Easter.

  23. Thank you for the feature, Sarah. I’m loving so many of the ideas shared to put on the to do list! So much Spring inspiration!

  24. I have pinned so many of these! They are all great ideas! Thanks for sharing. Pinning

  25. Thanks for the grat yard ideas. Thanks for linking up at Funtastic Friday!

  26. thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. I featured you yesterday xo ps pinned to my garden board

  27. Hi. We featured your amazing collection at Wonderful Wednesday #95! Hope you can stop by. #OMHGWW

  28. These are all great projects! I especially love the potting bench!

  29. all these ideas are brilliant. Love them all et thanks for joining us #OMHGWW 🙂

  30. Mary-The Boondocks Blog says:

    Sarah this is such a great post with so many wonderful ideas that we will be using about now. Thanks again for featuring my barrels and for joining us over at Sweet Inspiration.


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