Garden Decor Ideas that are Upcycled and Repurposed

Garden Decor Ideas that are Upcycled and Repurposed

Upcycling projects and garden decor really do go hand in hand. Whether you like DIY planters or junk gardens or quirky garden ideas in general, there is a repurposing project out there for you.

And I, too, have done my fair share of upcycled garden ideas! For instance, I made these decorative garden stones with some items from the thrift store:

Upcycling the copper molds to make the decorative garden stones

As well as this hanging bird bath made from a casserole dish lid.

Hanging bird bath by upcycling a glass lid as a bird bath bowl

And every year as Spring rounds the corner in March, I get antsy to create some quirky garden ideas. And I’m quite certain that my neighbors cock their eyebrows at our yard when they walk by!

Recycled garden ideas are plentiful and often quite easy to create! Especially a funky planter like this, which I created with a metal magazine rack.

metal magazine holder as a repurposed planter

Thrift stores, yard sales, flea markets, and even your neighbor’s curbside trash can yield amazing pieces that can be transformed into garden decor. Sometimes garden art ideas are strictly decorative and sometimes they’re equally functional.

Such as this DIY garden trellis that was made from old gardening tools.

DIY garden trellis from vintage garden tools

I’m by no means alone- some of my favorite bloggers create all kinds of garden decor projects for their yards and gardens. So I’m turning to them to spark my creative muse…ready for some fantastical ideas?

Quirky Garden Ideas and Upcycling Projects for Garden Decor

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So, tell me, which of these upcycling projects for garden decor is your favorite? I can’t pick one, but I definitely feel the creativity for quirky garden ideas bubbling over!

Perhaps a sweet little garden sign like this, which is completely upcycled from thrift store items!

DIY garden signs with grill forks

I think it’s definitely time to go thrift shopping and yard sale-ing for pieces I can use for a few recycled garden ideas. Don’t you agree? Whether it’s for the yard, a garden bed, or even the fence (such as these hanging “flowers”)!

whimsical garden decor from round plastic trays

I hope you enjoyed this collection of garden decor ideas and that your mind is whirling with new projects to work on! A quick trip to the thrift store may be just what you need to get started on creating a fun and quirky yard.

wren birdhouse from a wooden tissue box

And if you enjoyed these upcycling ideas for garden decor, then you’ll love this vertical plant stand that I made from a thrift store find!

Vertical plant stand or porch garden with a standing shower caddy

Craft on!


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Sarah Ramberg is the owner of Sadie Seasongoods, a website that celebrates all things secondhand. From upcycling ideas and thrifted decor to vintage-centric travel itineraries, Sadie Seasongoods is a one-stop shop for anyone who loves thrifting and approachable repurposing ideas. Sarah is also the author of “Crafting with Flannel” and has been featured in numerous media outlets and magazines.


  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!

    • 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. 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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