Any gardening enthusiast will tell you that not everything in the garden is going to be pretty. That’s just a part of the nature of gardening!
In fact, sometimes additions to a garden can be the complete opposite of pretty and delicate, it all depends on what kind of tone you want to set for your garden space.
There’s nothing wrong with using all new decorations and planters bought from a store, and it is a blessing if you can afford it! But for those of us who need to cut costs wherever possible, using recycled materials in the garden can be a cost effective, and great way to set the tone for a garden.
In many of these examples you will see old, rusty, and decaying materials. Part of the beauty of using recycled materials is that they have years of past use, and when an object like that is incorporated with nature, it never fails to be a unique and impressive creation.
Another benefit to using your own household items in your garden is that you are in complete control. If you don’t like the look of something, change it! If you don’t like the faded color of that old screen door, paint it! The point is that you have endless options, the only thing you need to be able to explore them is a creative imagination.
So check out some of these examples of our Recycled Gardening Ideas, and find the perfect way to start saving money while simultaneously adding some character to your garden space!
1. Tire Rim Hose Winder
This rusty old tire rim works perfectly as a storage unit for a garden hose. Simply use the already existing holes to bolt the rim to a wall or sturdy stand, and wrap any hose around the outer edge!
2. Vintage Sink Planter
Source: The Micro Gardener
A vintage sink can actually make a pretty stylish planter, as you can see from this example. All you need is a strong pipe or sensible place to mount the sink bowl, and you are ready to fill it up with soil and start growing! In this example the crystal faucet was left in place for a little extra flair.
3. Rusted Bike Display
Source: Refurbished Ideas
Any old bike that can’t be ridden or is simply retired from use can become a classy display like this one! Some bikes have a platform on the back where a basket can be fastened, which is quite convenient! On other bikes without this feature, a basket fastened to the handlebars or seat can be just as easy to create.
4. Rustic Door Lattice
Source: Refurbished Ideas
This old screen door has been converted into a stylish lattice, with vines intertwined in the chicken wire that has replaced the screen. This is such a simple idea with hardly any work required to build. There is no denying; it looks marvelous!
5. Glass Bottle Planter
This design may take some more skill and effort to create, but the end result is certainly worth it! Glass bottles surround a planter and create a visually intriguing piece. This is a feature to add to your garden and enjoy for years to come!
6. Wooden Barrel Basket Planter
There is just something so attractive about old wooden barrels. Whenever they are used in a decoration piece, it is hard not to be impressed. This planter is no different, combining a rustic feel with bright and vibrant flowers.
7. Paint Can Bird Houses
If you have just a small amount of leftover paint, and you feel compelled to not waste a drop, this idea is perfect for you! It even incorporates the paint can itself! Use a ribbon or any kind of string to hang the painted can, glue on a peg for the birds, fill the can with seeds, and voila! You have a new and original bird feeder.
8. Queen Sized Garden
If you have the space for it, this design is really a fantastic one! Even the legs of the bed “grow” out from terra cotta pots, and the bed itself is covered in a fluffy cluster of flowers and foliage. The opportunities for additions like a bedside table and a lantern light make this a versatile and favorable garden idea.
9. Colander and Tea Pot Planters
What will you ever do with all those tea-pots and colorful colanders that your great aunt buys you for christmas? The answer is here. Incorporate them into your garden and turn them into a creative display of flowers and foliage! This is a great design as they are so easily moved and rearranged.
10. Box Drawer Planter
We all have an old dresser tucked away in the garage that hasn’t been used since the age of twelve, so stop procrastinating and turn it into something special! This example even features a box around the base of the drawers, which act as a lovely frame for this unique design.
11. Miscellaneous Object Planters
Every garden project does not have to be so grandiose. Once you realize that you can incorporate almost any item into your garden space, the possibilities are endless! This example features a toaster planter, some heel planters, teapots, and even a rubber water bottle as a planter!
12. Bicycle Spoke Lattice
If you are willing to spend some time creating something amazing, this design is certainly a good choice! Fasten any number of bike tire rims together to create a circular lattice-like wall. If you can get it to stand on it’s own, fantastic! But it also can work well leaning against a wall or post.
13. Stuffed Jean Planters
Its hard not to chuckle at this creative planter style, featuring an array of different blue jeans stuffed with soil and growing flowers. But there is no denying, you’ll get your money’s worth out of that denim!
14. Plastic Bottle Sprinkler
Source: Emergency Outdoor
An idea that is more functional than fashionable, this water bottle sprinkler is simple and easy to recreate. This is a great way to keep kids busy and the lawn watered without breaking the bank paying for high tech “watering systems”.
15. Glass Bottle Edger
Source: Apartment Therapy
If you have a surplus of empty wine bottles, maybe its time to save some money in other areas! Like using them to create this wonderful recycled edging! Not only does it look great, it also is functional as an edger and divider for any flower bed.