Monday, March 7, 2016

The Upcycled Garden Volume 7: Using Recycled Salvaged Materials In Your Garden

What better way to showcase those worn and imperfect antiques and flea market finds than to incorporate them into your garden landscape? This is the perfect way to personalize your outdoor haven and add character to your garden! Take a look at these charming examples of ways you can add architectural salvage and vintage finds - recycled and repurposed - to your garden! 

Upcycled silver tray and glass vase wall pocket by Unchanging Grace via Etsy

Vertical garden with succulents on a Rat Surfboard by Bacchus’ Garden, Del Mar, California.
image via Wallace Gardens

Hanging framed mirrors add dimension and interest to your garden. via Pinterest

Garden totem made from old lamp parts

Garden gate made from an old Singer sewing machine base

Birdfeeder made from an old bird bath, tractor discs, a chicken feeder and 
a trailor hitch ball.

Paint a checkerboard on an old tree stump

Wood pallet garden bench potting station

Upcycled colander garden light with beads & baubles

Garden hideaway made from salvaged materials

Crystal wind chime by Crystalysium

Old cast iron headboard as a trellis makes makes a great backdrop for your garden

Mason jars + wire + votive candles

Craft a lounge swing from old wood pallets, heavy duty rope, and lounge cushions.

Any bright color works great to liven up a garden. 
My favorites are purple and turquoise.

An old door makes a charming addition to a garden

Awesome sheltered bench made from an old boat from Tattered Rose 

Do you use salvaged and repurposed items in your own garden? 
Please leave a comment below! 

Which is your favorite?

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  1. Upcycled gardens are my favorite. I loooove that plant filled retro car :) I wish I had my own garden to pla y with!

  2. What a wonderful idea to use old things in the garden. I also have a garden and I will definitely do something like

    1. Hey Laura, beautiful unique garden ideas. love it.... will certainly try some of them, have to figure out many. thanks for sharing. Angie Canada

  3. So many beautiful ideas. Thank you for your lovely site, really enjoyed it. I also looked at your Etsy store and your jewelry is gorgeous!

  4. Love all these ideas.. have a few of my own too..

  5. thanks for featuring my bird feeder. you can find my other things on Rusty Ranch, on pinterest and facebook. Jeff Carter

  6. I would love to have a picture of the rainbow door that I could frame. How could I get one?

  7. You are so creative! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Have you ever re-purposed old shutters? A friend gave me two that are full length, very old, with chipped green paint. I love them. They are weathered and wonderful, but I'm not sure how to use them. Your ideas are so creative.

    1. They sound awesome. Make sure they paint is not lead paint. If so, repaint but do not sand them. I have an entire blog post on using upcycled shutters. Check in the topic cloud in the right sidebar.

  9. I am making a garden arbor/arch covered in jasmine from a recycled large circular trampoline. Thank s for your ideas :)

  10. The ladles filled with succulents!!! Gotta have it!


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