Help the environment and your pocketbook by repurposing items that no longer serve their original purpose. And if you have a yard, you can take this outdoors and do some upcycling for your garden.
If you’re creative, you can have a lot of fun while helping your garden produce plants that look good and even provide you with food. Here are some examples of inexpensive projects worth exploring.
Make Your Own Planters
New planters can be costly, even if they are just plastic. But, there are a lot of items that can be upcycled into beautiful garden planters with just a little bit of time, energy, and some basic supplies.
For example, if you need to start seeds, consider using egg cartons. If you want something larger, coffee cans can be a great choice. Add a little paint to a coffee can, and it can look just as attractive as store-bought options.
Essentially, anything with a spot to support soil could be a planter. You can try it with tires, soda bottles, old buckets, and more.
The Power of Pallets
Pallets make excellent supplies for garden upcycling: If the slats provide enough room, you can use them to keep ground plants separated, ensuring one doesn’t intrude on the other.
If you’re feeling particularly handy, you can dismantle the pallets and reuse the wood. This can be an inexpensive way to build attractive wooden patio furniture, especially if you paint or stain the wood.
An old dining room chandelier can actually be an excellent source of light for your garden. If you remove the bulbs and wiring, you can place the upper portion of solar stake lights where the bulbs used to go.
While you may need to purchase solar-powered light fixtures, it can be a unique way of adding lighting to your garden.
Have a little fun by repainting the chandelier in a bright color to make them even more stunning looking.
If you don’t have all of the supplies for a project, don’t fret. There are a lot of resources that can help you find free and low-cost items for upcycling.
If you need paint, ask whether your local hardware store has what some people call a mistake section or oops paint — where colors didn’t mix correctly. Typically, you can find high-quality paints that just didn’t meet the customer’s needs, so you get them at a fraction of the price.
Upcycling for Your Garden
Ultimately, upcycling for your garden can be an enjoyable and inexpensive way to spruce up your space. If you have some old items lying around, use your imagination, and see if you can give them new life.
Readers, do you have a favorite garden project — or any other upcycling successes? Please tell us about them in the comments section beneath this post.
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