Upcycle ideas for the garden. While the thrill of the hunt can sometimes be enticing, remember that new should balance old. Having too many old items (or new items) can take away from your garden's overall appeal . . . If you enjoy this Magazine, you will love my blog: http://upcycledgardenstyle.blogspot.com
“I find it really rewarding to find homes for stray materials,” says Matthew Levesque, author of The Revolutionary Yardscape. Levesque turned door knobs and salvaged steel discs along with a burner cover from a stovetop into chic patio pavers.
"A friend gave me this old light fixture recently that was originally a "spatterware" finish with a blue base and white splatter. Much like an enamel/porcelain swirl pattern. I gave it two layers of paint and then brought on the distressing with a clearcoat to seal it. I drilled holes in the glass insulators and mounted them with eye bolts that hold chain and used rabies tags. Hanging from the center is an old bell that gives a nice ding. Vintage garden faucet handles are mounted to the arms. It's ready for candles!!" - Brian GadgetSponge
With ground covers on the roof, these easy-to-make feeders shelter the seed naturally.
One mud flat equals one bird-feeder roof: That's the formula for the canopy on these easy-to-construct bird feeders. Sturdy ground covers, such as moss, ivy, thyme, and small sedums, will grow in the shallow depth of the feeders' roofs.
Find the instructions to make a few of your own roof-top garden feeders, here: http://goo.gl/wo08Z
"Growing your own herbs is a great way to save money and avoid buying too much at a time and letting most of it go to waste. If it’s still too cold to plant outside where you are (or if you’re short on space!) this hanging herb garden is the perfect project to get you in gear for spring."
Bud Stuckey built this 100-square-foot slice of beach in two days for less than $200. First, he set the scene by painting a wooden fence to mimic sea and sky. Next, he formed the "dunes" by mounding decomposed granite and covering it with about 3 inches of sand. Finally, he added the firepit, plants, and pieces of driftwood.
When upcycling items for your garden, this is good advice to keep in mind . . . "While the thrill of the hunt can sometimes be enticing, remember that new balances old and having too much of one or the other may take away from the overall appeal."
Diana Turner, APLD, designed a fire bowl for the brick patio. The gas-powered fire bowl was made from a recycled 1930s propane tank, and the bowl is topped with recycled cobalt-blue glass. For metal fabrication of this, as well as the spiral land-art piece, gate and trellis, she worked with Everett Grondin, of DogLiX Designs.
“This was a truly collaborative project,” Turner says of the six-and-a-half-month journey. “Pamela has brilliant taste and came up with all kinds of ideas, and Everett can do anything with steel. He’s a true craftsman. And Mark took the photos. I can tell from the photos that he liked what he saw.”
Since you're stuck with it, here's a smart way to disguise that ugly utility box. A simple slipcover box made of bead board and topped with a birdhouse covers up the eyesore and draws nature into your yard.
"I constructed these little birdhouses from durable cedar and painted each one differently," says Pearl Ditch of Imperial, Missouri. "My husband, Paul, then helped me secure them to sturdy posts, which I'd decorated by painting flowers up the sides. "I also added house numbers on each post—one is our address and the other three are for our married children—before securing them onto a cement slab in our yard. They sure do help brighten things up!"