Upcycling in the Great Outdoors: Favorite Yard & Garden Projects

Upcycling in the Great Outdoors: Favorite Yard & Garden Projects

As the last hard frost date quickly approaches and local garden centers start coming to life, I am reminded of some of the fun repurposing projects I did for our yard last year! As you may recall, our yard qualified as Certified Wildlife Habitat which is something I’m proud of…AND I’m always looking for new ways to bolster our certification. I’m just as excited about getting my garden beds in shape for the Spring planting season and watching our azaleas bloom in Technicolor.

In other words? I’m ready for S-P-R-I-N-G!

I’m already planning new projects- porch décor…bird feeders…gardening “helpers”…BUT I can’t help but reminisce about the upcycling projects for our yard that I finished last year. I picked out of a few of my favorites…perhaps you can use these as inspiration for the upcoming yard sale and vintage festival season!


Vintage Bucket & Spigot Planter

Vintage galvanized metal bucket and antique salvaged spigot/faucet to be repurposed as DIY flower planter for my front porch by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Thrifted Lamp Bird Bath

How to make a DIY bird bath from a repurposed thrift store lamp and an upcycled glass platter dish by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Picture Frame Herb Drying Rack

Vintage picture frame from the thrift store repurposed and upcycled into a DIY herb drying rack for fresh summer garden herbs by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Colander Hanging Planter

Upcycle enamel colander into a hanging flower basket planter by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Old Clock Bird House

Desk clock from thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled into DIY birdhouse by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Vintage Garden Tool Trellis

Antique and Vintage Garden Tools repurposed into DIY Garden Trellis using Shovel, Pitchfork, and Rake by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Coffee Mug Suet Feeder

DIY upcycled suet bird feeder upcycled from thrift store coffee mugs by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Mini Lamp Shade Herb Garden

How to repurpose and upcycle old vintage lampshades into hanging baskets for herbs and plants by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Garden Glove Clip Board

DIY Gardening Glove Clip Board and Organizer with Salvaged Wood and Vintage Clothespins by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Soup Pot Lid Bird Feeder

Repurposing thrift store pot lids into a bird feeder by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Floor Lamp Solar Lights

Vintage antique Floor Lamp turned into Solar Lights by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Hanging Casserole Dish Lid Bird Bath

Glass casserole dish lid from thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled into DIY hanging bird bath and waterer by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Bed Spring Nesting Material Cage

DIY nesting material holder from a repurposed vintage spring / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Wooden Shoe Planter

Vintage wooden Dutch shoes from Holland Michigan to be repurposed upcycled as planters by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Souvenir Bank Bird House

Vintage log cabin souvenir bank repurposed and upcycled into DIY rustic mountain cabin birdhouse by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Placemat “Garden Gatherer”

Thrift Store placemat repurposed as DIY Garden Gatherer for cut flowers and branches by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com


Find any new ideas? I just love figuring out new ways to add quirky, functional charm to our yard & garden with the help of vintage and second-hand treasures…and I’ve got new projects waiting patiently in the Sadie Seasongoods queue. But I yearn for new ideas- thankfully, my thinking cap has a wide brim and is proper gardening attire!!

Craft on!


PIN ME!Best and Favorite Repurposed and Upcycled Outdoor DIY Projects for Yard, Garden, and Birds by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com



  1. Barbara Brannon says:

    GOSH! All these projects are just wonderful! Hope you don’t mind if I ‘steal’ your ideas! LOVE your blog! Thanks so much – you are so creative!
    Barbara in TN

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      No problem, Barbara! I’d love to see your versions- and if anyone ever asks, just let them know which blog inspired you. 😀

  2. Vintage bucket stole my heart !
    Thank you so much for linking up with iDEA boX !

  3. Such cute ideas! Thank you for sharing. Found you at Idea Box. :o)

  4. Lanita Anderson says:

    Love the great ideas for the yard and garden! My favorites are the flower pot with the water spigot and the clock birdhouse. :O) Thanks for sharing.

  5. These are great! I love adding decorations to my yard. Thanks for some new ideas!

  6. These are great ideas! Love them all, but really love the water bucket.

  7. My favorite is the birdbath!

  8. These are all nice! I especially like the herb drying rack. I have an old frame in the basement so maybe I can make it. Guess I should plant some herbs, huh? LOL Thanks for sharing!

  9. Good grief these are cute ideas!! I especially love the colander. 🙂 I would love to have you link a couple of your ideas up at my linky party. http://www.therobinsnestdesigns.com/feather-your-nest-friday-link-up-9/
    Lory xo

  10. I ,love the colander birdhouse, and the old clock! What great, great ideas! Love that you shared this creativity on Making Memories Mondays! 🙂

  11. Amazing ideas!!!! Cooommmee onnnnn warm weather!!! 🙂 Thanks for sharing at the Weekend Re-treat!

  12. nikkifrankhamilton says:

    I bet that your garden is just gorgeous! I had no idea that a bird bath should be fairly shallow, I am thinking of putting one in a corner garden spot, now I know what to look for. Thanks.

  13. These are all so cute! Love the old clock made into a birdhouse. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty 🙂

  14. juliaklimek says:

    I love every one of these projects! I need a bird bath! I’m going to keep an eye out at the thrift store for the perfect “pool”. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday! Julia

  15. Hi, Sarah ~ So many great ideas! I love using everyday items in unexpected ways. That Colander Hanging Planter is calling my name. :0) Thanks for the inspiration!

  16. Love your upcycled yard and garden projects. My favorite is the planter with the water faucet. Too cute!

  17. Jann Olson says:

    I love these projects! I too enjoy making fun things for my garden. I actually have a bucket with a spigot that a friend made for my birthday years ago. It was a fountain, but I think it quit working. Wondering where it is. I still have a few things stored in a cubby area since we moved into this home. That was 5 years ago. I really need to pull everything out! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  18. Jann Olson says:

    Sarah, I forgot to mention, I’m sure it’s not intentional, but I am not seeing a link back to the Share Your Cup Party. In order to be featured that is one of the requirements.

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Thanks, Jann- no worries. I had looked for a non-featured Link Party button to add to my sidebar but didn’t see one. So I’ve added a backlink to your page at the end of this post.

  19. Loving that colander hanging planter. Great ideas here! Thanks so much for sharing at Inspire Me Wednesday. Featuring you in next week’s issue.

  20. izabelakumar says:

    Wow, so many great ideas Sarah! I’ve never thought in re-utilizing those items before! 🙂
    “Hi from Idea Box” 🙂

  21. I have to say that I LOVE PINTEREST, I have found lots of ideas for the garden on there….just gotta find the time between life and rain to work up that new bed I have in mind! Love the bucket with the faucet knob coming up out of it. Thinking that will be one of my projects for my bed! thanks for sharing.

  22. love the spigot planter, adorable!

  23. This is just TOO cute! 🙂

    I would love for you to share this with my Recipes, Crafts, Tips and Tricks Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  24. These are all such fun ideas – I think I’ll try the bucket and spigot idea!! 😀

  25. Sarah, I picked your post as a feature this week on Vintage Charm 30. THANK YOU so much for sharing at Vintage Charm.

  26. The birdbath is adorable!


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