150+ Upcycling Ideas for Garden Projects

150+ Upcycling Ideas for Garden Projects

It’s that time of year again, when those of us in the Northern Hemisphere start to feel the excitement of Spring. The days get longer, the yard gets more colorful, and all of a sudden, EVERYTHING YOU OWN starts looking like a planter. So, the Thrift Store Decor Team decided to pool all of our garden projects into a single collection of upcycling ideas for your yard, garden, and patio.

From upcycled planters to bird baths and feeders, I’ve made quite a few garden projects over the years. Some of my favorites include these hanging baskets, which started as lampshades:

hanging herb baskets from lampshade frames

Also these DIY plant markers that started out as shoe treesI’m such a sucker for decorative toadstools that look like they came from a fairy tale!

diy garden markers

And as soon as I had a yard with a fence, I had to make some colorful fence decorations from plastic trays!

whimsical garden decor from round plastic trays

I’ve made many, many more garden projects, of course, but I’m getting ahead of myself. Before I show you the entire collection, I want to share some of my favorite upcycling ideas from my fellow Team members first.

Garden Projects from the Team

This vintage seed and fertilizer spreader that House of Hawthornes found is truly a junkin’ dream come true. Just look at those colors! And as a planter for a junk garden?


Vintage seed spreader as a planter for a junk garden

For the indoor gardener, potted herbs in your kitchen are perfect for cooking. And using bright blue mason jars as planters makes them pretty enough to be a gift!

Kitchen herb plants in mason jars

Ahh, the garden gazing ball! There are loads of ways to make them, but My Repurposed Life’s way might be the easiest. And don’t they look fantastic?

garden gazing balls from bowling balls

After a year of NO summer parties and porch-based happy hours, I’m hoping that this year will be different. Which makes this outdoor beverage station (from an old door!) especially eye-catching to me.

outdoor beverage station

And this idea for a beat up old bird feeder is fantastic! We’ve all had bird feeders that get broken or are no longer cleanable for safe feeding, right? So, repurposing one as a hanging planter is just a fabulous idea!

Bird feeder as a garden planter

And how about this diamond painted outdoor rug? I absolutely LOVE this idea for a covered space outside!

Diamond painted outdoor rug

So, now that you’ve seen my favorite garden projects from my fellow blogging friends, are you ready for the full collection? From planters, to patios, to growing tips, and beyond- we have DEFINITELY got you covered this Spring!

150+ Repurposing and Upcycling Ideas for Garden Projects

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WOW! Now THAT’S what I can an inspiring list of garden projects! My goodness, I’m not even sure where to start- there are so many fabulous ideas!

Admittedly, this Spring will be very different for me, gardening-wise. We moved last summer and I don’t have my oasis of a backyard to putter around in or make projects for.

Like these garden signs that I made with grill forks, of all things!

DIY garden signs with grill forks

But I have faith that our next home (we’re in a temporary space right now) will allow me to stretch my green thumbs, so-to-speak. I’ll likely get it designated as wildlife habitat, as well!

How to Designate Your Yard as Certified Wildlife Habitat

I hope we’ve given you loads of project inspiration for garden projects in your own yard! Upcycling and gardening go hand-in-hand on so many levels, so it was extra fun to put this collection together.

Happy Spring from the Thrift Store Decor Team!

Petticoat Junktion

My Repurposed Life

House of Hawthornes

Our Southern Home

Domestically Speaking

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

And me, Sadie Seasongoods

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. Wendy Oyler says

    I love all your recycle/upcycle projects. I wish you would do another book and have it about these types of projects! Thanks for all the great ideas!

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