You don’t need to go out and buy super expensive products and art for your garden in order to make it look great and be healthy. You can actually do a lot of great garden projects with items you can get from the thrift store.
Bowling ball art
These orbs look great in any garden, and you can customize them however you want in order to fit your garden. Get a bowling ball (or a similarly round object) and then caulk, paint, glue, and decorate the bowling ball to look however you want it to!
Lantern bird feeder
Take an old lantern and upcycle it into a gorgeous and rustic bird feeder. You just have to remove the sides (if they’re glass) and make sure there’s enough room on the bottom to put the bird feed. String it up in the garden or on the porch to get a cheap but attractive bird feeder.
Take baskets, turn them upside down, and then turn them into DIY lamp shades! You just have to work the light into the basket and that’s about it! There isn’t much work involved, and the payoff is great.
Take an old piece of furniture, decorate it to look a bit more rustic, and then stick it in your backyard or garden. This is especially effective if the color of the furniture matches the color of your garden. Make sure it’s stable enough if you want people to be able to sit on it.
You can make unique and customized steppingstones for your garden by using just a few supplies. Take an old pan, fill it with a concrete mixture, and then make fun designs and patterns in it. Then, once it’s settled, you can pop it out and you’ve got a steppingstone!
Terrarium (light fixture)
Bring the garden inside, or make your garden a little more beautiful, but turning a light fixture into a terrarium! You can really do this with any kind of light fixture, so just find one that you like and looks good in your garden, and go for it!
Dresser for planter
You can repurpose an old dresser into a planter with just a few tweaks and changes! If you want, paint the dresser before you start to be a little more appealing. Then, pull out some of the drawers and fill them with soil (making room for proper drainage and moisture retention) and get those flowers in there.
Don’t just throw your old shoes out. Repurpose them as cute little planters that you can put all around your home, yard, or garden. Depending on the shoe, it may need to be adjusted a bit to best fit your plant.
You can use old toys you have that aren’t use or buy some from the thrift store in order to do this idea. Little construction toys work best because, well, they look adorable in the garden! Fill them with soil, flowers, and other plants!
If you can find some old but sturdy wine boxes at the thrift store, then give this idea a try! Turn them into planters that you can display in your porch or garden. The wine boxes look great and provide a nice rustic feel for your backyard.
Chicken wire art
This may sound crazy, but you can actually make some great chicken wire art for your backyard without having to spend much money at all. The most common design is a giant flower that, when painted, looks beautiful!
Repurpose an old picture frame in your garden to give it a nice homey feel while also adding a pop of color and texture. You can hang the picture frame from a tree, use it to frame a certain flower patch, or however else you want.
Make these adorable toadstool seats with some paint and a 5-gallon bucket! You really just need to paint the lid (a toadstool pattern, of course) and then flip the bucket upside down and put the lid on top of it.
Try to find a rustic but stable bike from your local thrift store. Then, instead of fixing it to ride, you can just put it in your garden as a great decorative piece. You can put flowers in the wheels, basket, handlebars, etc. Do what you want!
Bicycle rim light
This is such a clever idea! Take an old bicycle rim and convert it into your own backyard chandelier. You just have to wire the lights through the spokes and you’re good to go. Not much work at all!