Whimsical Garden Decor from Round Plastic Trays

Whimsical Garden Decor from Round Plastic Trays

For the first time in my blogging career, we live (currently/temporarily) in a house with a fence. And before we move again later this summer, I wanted to take advantage of the situation. So, I made some whimsical garden decor from round plastic trays that I found at Habitat ReStore.

And when I say “round plastic trays”, I mean this divided kind. I’m sure you’ve seen them at thrift stores before, too!

round plastic trays

Now, I *have* created a project with a plastic tray before. But I went in a very direction for that one, and I specifically used the sturdier Tupperware version that has deeper compartments.

Hardware organizer from a Tupperware veggie tray

For this new project idea of mine, however, deeper and more usable compartments didn’t matter one iota.

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This project is also sponsored by the Charlotte Region ReStore(s).

Fence Decorations as Whimsical Garden Decor

While thrifting for this idea, I looked for the brightest, splashiest colors I could find. And I was NOT disappointed with the thrift store offerings!

plastic divided trays

Once I had my trio of round plastic trays, I was ready to upcycle them into whimsical garden decor for our fence!

upcycling craft for whimsical garden decor

And I bet you can already see my vision without me first showing you the final result, right??

If you guessed giant flowers to hang on the fence, then you are correct!

whimsical garden art

SO fun, and SO EASY to transform!

If you are interested in the full tutorial for creating these fence decorations, please pop on over to the Charlotte Region ReStore’s blog post! All the details and step-by-step photos can be found on their website- thanks for understanding.

Upcycling ideas with Habitat Restore Charlotte Region

But let me show you how they look on the fence- that’s the best part!

Whimsical Garden Decor from Round Plastic Trays

Just like that, I had whimsical garden art to hang on the fence! I love how they add pops of color and a touch of whimsy to the backyard.

fence decorations from round plastic trays

I realized, after the fact, that the slightly translucent yellow flower was less ideal in sunlight than its opaque friends. Something to keep in mind when you go thrifting for round plastic trays!

fence decorations

It didn’t even dawn on me that slightly translucent trays would allow the fence boards to show through a tad. Oh, well- a lesson learned that I can pass along to you.

Which is kind of the whole point of my blog, after all!

And I assure you that this is a ridiculously easy project that anyone can do. As with many of my ideas, half the fun is thrift-hunting for the perfect pieces to upcycle!

fence flowers

I hope you enjoyed this super simple, but delightful repurposing idea for whimsical garden decor! As always, I appreciate your understanding that the full tutorial is on the ReStore blog, and not mine.

Looking for more upcycling ideas for garden decor, whimsical or otherwise? Then I invite you to peruse this collection of inspiration for your yard!

Quirky garden ideas and upcycling projects for garden decor and yard art

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. Rebecca Payne says


  2. I always look forward to all your posts! Even if it’s projects I might not do myself, I LOVE your creativity! By the way, I have thrifted purses in the color schemes of fall, Christmas, spring and 4th of July so I can rotate them with faux flowers for the seasons. 😍

  3. ♥️💙💛

  4. So cute! Almost makes me wish I had a fence. I think they would be great “wind twirlers” hanging from trees; might keep the birds out of the garden!

  5. Debbie- Dabble says

    Love the garden flower makeover!!! So cute!!

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