Household Items You Can Upcycle for Your Garden

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Household Items You Can Upcycle for Your Garden

Household Items You Can Upcycle for Your Garden

An eco-conscious way to add some charm to your home garden
Household Items You Can Upcycle for Your Garden

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One of the first things you should do once spring has arrived is get working on your garden. You can add some style in an eco-conscious way by repurposing these common items from around your home.

Dresser drawers

Dresser drawers

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Some of the easiest household items to repurpose are old dresser drawers, which you can paint or otherwise decorate to spruce up your garden. They can easily serve as planters or lovely garden toolboxes.

Mason jars

Mason jars

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There are so many ways to make the most out of your old jars, from repurposing them to help you organize your kitchen to using them as decor. In the garden, Mason jars can hold plants, serve as seed starters or be used to organize smaller tools.

Fairy lights

Fairy lights

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Fairy lights, also known as string lights, are one of many classic holiday decorations that are totally acceptable to leave up all winter — or even all year long. Hang them up in your garden to give it some whimsical charm.

Toilet paper rolls

Toilet paper rolls

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Instead of throwing away your empty toilet paper rolls, improve your carbon footprint by upcycling them instead. You can fold up the bottom or place them in a container then fill them with soil to use as seed starters that you can plant, tube included. You can turn one into a makeshift bird feeder by covering it in peanut butter and sticking birdseed to it.

Mattress springs

Mattress springs

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If you’re making your bedroom better for sleep by switching to a new mattress, take the springs out of your old one to create a trellis to support your growing plants and vegetables.

Coffee cans

Coffee cans

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If you tend to make your coffee at home, you can use your old coffee cans to grow some of your plants and vegetables in, even taking the label off and decorating the bare can if you like.

Wooden spoons

Wooden spoons

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Wooden spoons are an essential tool to have in the kitchen, but once you find the need to swap them for new ones, you can repurpose the old ones to serve as markers in your garden that you can write on with paint or markers.

Chairs

Chairs

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If you have some old or even broken chairs lying around, you can turn them into plant shelves or even planters for your beautiful spring blooms. Simply take out the seat and replace it with chicken wire to form a basket.

Wheelbarrow

Wheelbarrow

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A rusty wheelbarrow can add some character to your garden as a planter or even just a holder for tools, seed or soil. Decorating it with paint or stickers can add some pops of color as well.

Birdcage

Birdcage

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Give your garden the charm of one of the best botanical gardens by turning an old birdcage into a lovely planter or, of course, the perfect bird feeder by leaving it open.

Wine crates

Wine crates

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One of the most important gardening tips for beginners is to start small so that you can give your plants the best care. Using wine crates as planters is a great way to start a gardening project. If you don’t have room for a full garden, they’re perfect for separating different kinds of vegetables that you may be growing.

Metal spoons or forks

Metal spoons or forks

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It’s important to pay attention to the weather when gardening, particularly the wind, and a wind chime is a simple and easy way to do so. Make one using rusted or old metal utensils tied to a mason jar, plate or other base you can hang up.

Broken dishes

Broken dishes

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We’ve all broken our fair share of dishes. If you’ve broken a beloved china set or decorative plate, carefully pick up the pieces and turn them into a lovely mosaic stepping stone for your garden. You can also glue the pieces to cover a clay pot.

Bowling balls

Bowling balls

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Bowling is a super popular hobby in the United States, and if you’re one of its many enthusiastic participants, you may have some old bowling balls at home. If they are already marbled, they can be used as decor in your garden in place of the more typical glass gazing balls, and if not, you can paint or decorate them yourself.

Cooking pots

Cooking pots

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Use your best deep cleaning hacks to get the grime off your old cooking pots and then repurpose them as plant pots instead.

Clothespins

Clothespins

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There are so many ways to use clothespins when organizing your home, and in the garden, you can use them as markers for your plants.

Cupcake pans

Cupcake pans

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Take an old pan that you’ve used to make delicious cupcakes or muffins and line each cup before adding soil and seeds to use as a seed starter.

Lamps

Lamps

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Use the base of an old lamp as the base of a birdbath by gluing a large plate or dish on top. You can also use it as a base for displaying and elevating your plant pots.

Trash bins

Trash bins

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One way you can be more sustainable in your life is by composting your own soil, and you can try your hand at it using an old trash bin. Trash bins can also be converted to a rain barrel with a spout attached for use.

Colanders

Colanders

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Typically used for washing produce or draining cooked pasta, colanders are perfect as planters, particularly because of the drainage their holes provide. You can also turn them into flower pots and tie ropes or chains to them for hanging.

Hair clips

Hair clips

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If you have plants that require support, particularly smaller trees or those with vines, hair clips are a perfect way to keep them from falling over and being damaged.

Gardening tools

Gardening tools

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When gardening, it’s important that you’re working with the right plants and the right tools as well. There’s no need to waste old and rusted gardening tools by throwing them out, however. Repurpose them instead by turning them into creative decor, such as using a rake to hang planters from or making planters out of old watering cans.

Teapots

Teapots

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If you love drinking all kinds of tea, chances are you have more than one teapot lying around. Repurpose an old teapot by using it as a watering can, turning it into a cute pot or even hanging it on its side as a bird feeder.

Pallets

Pallets

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Pallets are one of the easiest items to convert into planters for your flowers and seasonal produce. They have a lovely, rustic vibe and can be easily decorated, plus they’re perfect for keeping what you’ve planted organized.

Tires

Tires

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You can stack up old tires, even painting them if you like, and use them as a place to store soil or as a big planter. You can even turn one on its side and hang it up as a makeshift pot. Since rubber takes decades to decompose, just throwing it out is one of the worst mistakes you can make when it comes to trash and recycling.

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