How to Designate Your Yard as Certified Wildlife Habitat

How to Designate Your Yard as Certified Wildlife Habitat

As an animal lover and biologist (on paper), it’s  no surprise that our yard is very wildlife-friendly. Not only do I love to watch the birds and other critters, but our indoor cats do, as well. Many of my upcycling projects were made specifically for backyard habitat, including feeders, baths, and houses. I learned about designating one’s yard as Certified Wildlife Habitat many years ago, but wasn’t sure how well-known that program was.Read more ›

Copper Molds as Stone Molds for Decorative Garden Stones

Copper Molds as Stone Molds for Decorative Garden Stones

Years ago, I made a mosaic stepping stone that featured an outdoor key hider underneath it. More recently, I had a hankering to try playing with concrete once again. But this time, I decided to use some copper molds from the thrift store to make some decorative garden stones.Read more ›

30+ Upcycling Ideas for Garden Planters or Garden Pots

30+ Upcycling Ideas for Garden Planters or Garden Pots

As an upcycler, I absolutely LOVE incorporating vintage treasures- especially ones in disrepair- into my garden decor. And I am by no means alone- using antiques or secondhand items as garden planters or garden pots is so popular, that big box stores are stocking their shelves with “new made to look old” garden items. But save yourself a trip, head out to your garage or shed, and you may just have the perfect piece to use. Read more ›

Using Barnwood to Fix a DIY Birdhouse

Using Barnwood to Fix a DIY Birdhouse

Several years ago, I saw a “junk shop” decorative birdhouse in an antiques shop. And while I didn’t make the purchase, I never forgot how cute it was. So, when I found this broken DIY birdhouse while thrifting, it seemed like I had been given a second chance at a junky birdhouse. I just needed to fix it up and I already had the right piece of barnwood to do it!Read more ›

Upcycling a Kleenex Box Cover as a Wren Bird House

Upcycling a Kleenex Box Cover as a Wren Bird House

This Kleenex box cover was one of the last things I snapped up at a favorite thrift store before it closed. It was sturdy and well-made, but I didn’t have a project idea right away. After a while, though, I wondered if I could tweak it and use it as a wren bird house for the backyard.Read more ›

25+ Upcycling Crafts for Garden Markers or Plant Labels

25+ Upcycling Crafts for Garden Markers or Plant Labels

Let’s face it- most gardeners don’t actually need to use some sort of garden markers or plant labels in their garden. They know what they planted and plant tags seem a little unnecessary. But, there are tons of upcycling crafts for various garden markers and they look AWFULLY cute in your garden! Read more ›

Upcycling a Grill Fork as a Sign Stake for a Garden Plaque

Upcycling a Grill Fork as a Sign Stake for a Garden Plaque

Ok- I will fully admit that this is a truly zany idea of mine! There I was at the thrift store, looking for inspiration on the shelves. I was going to move aside this grill fork when it dawned on me that the barbecue fork could BE the inspiration I was looking for. What if I transformed it as part of a garden plaque or wooden garden sign? In other words…What if I used it as a stake instead of for steak?Read more ›

Upcycling a Wooden Tray Table into a Potting Bench

Upcycling a Wooden Tray Table into a Potting Bench

Every Spring and Summer, my Pinterest and Facebook news feeds are filled to the brim with big, beautiful potting benches! Whether constructed from pallets or old doors, or even a genuine vintage potting table, they are stunning and, well, LARGE. But, here’s the thing- I’m a gardener on a very small scale. I simply don’t have the space or need for a potting bench that is normal size. So, I set forth to create something on a smaller scale…Read more ›

Upcycling Some Wooden Shoe Trees as Plant Markers and Mushroom Garden Decor

Upcycling Some Wooden Shoe Trees as Plant Markers and Mushroom Garden Decor

After successfully sowing herb seeds in thrifted muffin tins and then transplanting the seedlings into larger pots displayed on a vertical shower caddy, I’m wrapping up my three-part Upcycled Herb Garden series today! And what, pray tell, could my third part be about? Plant markers that double as mushroom garden decor, as well!Read more ›

Upcycling a Standing Shower Caddy as a Vertical Plant Stand

Upcycling a Standing Shower Caddy as a Vertical Plant Stand

I do a lot of cooking at home but I’m not a prolific gardener. I’m limited my own lack of gardening interest, but also by space. That being said, though, I do like to grow my own kitchen herbs in pots as much as possible. You may recall how I upcycled a muffin tin as a propagation tray for growing some herb plants from seed? Well, it’s time to transplant them and I’ll be upcycling a standing shower caddy to do that!

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