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DIY Garden Crafts & Outdoor Decoration Ideas | Tutorial Roundup
Add Some Unique Creations To Your Yard
There is an adundance of craft tutorials for the home...but what about the garden? Well if you fancy adding individuality to your outdoor space, then you'll find plenty of homemade crafts to try in this DIY roundup!
Below you will find tutorials for all kinds of decorative ideas including lawn sofas, cement planters, painted gnomes and much more, plus photos to give you more fun ideas.
I hope you are inspired to give some of these projects a go :-)
DIY Fire Pit
Summary of Outdoor Crafting
There are a few extra things to consider when you craft an object to keep outdoors; the materials used must be weatherproof so it won't disintegrate or rust (unless you want it to), and it must be attached to something securely or heavy enough for wind to not be able to blow it away. Also make sure that no wildlife could be harmed by any part of your craft.
Materials you can use outdoors include:
- Metal scrap and old metal products like colanders
- Concrete and cement
- Stone, rocks & pebbles
- Soil and turf to build shapes in your lawn
- Wire; use galvanised, aluminium or plastic coated wire if you don't want it to rust.
- Glass; especially in wind chimes
- Metal pipes, industrial parts and hardware
- Terracotta e.g. chimney pots, flower pots
- Rubber e.g. car tires
- Ceramics e.g. you could combine ceramic pieces and concrete for a mosaic
- Any natural materials like shells, logs, driftwood, sea glass etc.
If using timber, you will want to treat it in order to protect it from the elements and stop it rotting away. There are various products available which are painted or sprayed onto the surface - just have a browse for any sealant that is designed to waterproof wood.
With regards to metals; galvanised metals, aluminium, stainless steel and anything plastic coated is a good choice for preventing rust forming. If you want to use iron or steel, these are going to get rusty unless you add a coating of oil, varnish, grease or paint. Oil and grease are usually used for car or bike parts, so the most likely coarse of action would be to use a paint designed specifically for rust-proofing metal e.g. Rust-Oleum. Make sure the metal is clean first before you add the paint.
Top Garden Craft Books - Expert Advice & Crafty Inspiration
Books are the best option if you want all of the expert tips, garden project instructions and crafty inspiration all in one place, and here are some of the most highly-rated choices:
30 ideas for things to make including instructions for building a birdhouse, chair and mosaic.
Step-by-step tutorials for interesting projects, with lots of guidance for concrete molding beginners.
Get artistic with clear instructions for 25 different stunning mosaic designs.
Mosaic Stepping Stone
Fun Projects For Your Yard
- Marble Fences
Add marbles to your wooden fences to make them sparkle.
- Hubcap Flowers
A fun and cheerful idea for decorating an outside wall.
- Doorstep Mosaic
Make an outdoor mosaic with all kind of glass and ceramic pieces.
- Springy Mobile
Industrial looking decoration made using springs.
- Tire Planters
Easy way to display flowers on walls.
- Glowing Butterflies
Glow-in-the-dark butterflies would look pretty scattered in your garden.
- Mosaic Stepping Stones
Create unique tiles that are reinforced with mesh.
- Pallet Garden
Perfect for adding greenery to a confined space.
- Outdoor Wreaths
All about making your own floral wreaths.
Upholstered Tree Stumps
Garden DIYs & How-Tos
- Faceted Gem Pots
Use molds and clay to add embellishments to your flower pots.
- Framed Succulent Garden
Beautiful vertical garden for hanging on a wall.
- Concrete House Number
You could use this technique to form all kinds of concrete shapes.
- Hammered Spoons
These fab stamped spoons would be great as plant markers.
- Colander Planter
Quick, easy and looks charming.
- Barbie Zombie Garden
Hilarious idea for Halloween décor.
- Tree Branch Animals
Such as constructing your own reindeer at Christmas time.
- Textured Planters
Wooden shapes and corks can be used to create fun textures.
Glass Pebble Garden Globes
Garden globes would make fantastic accents for your garden, and you can find out how to make them in the instructions below. Depending on the globe shapes that you can find and use as the base, you could choose to make a variety of sizes rather than just the one, and display them as a group of ornaments instead to make more of a statement.
What You Will Need:
* Cheap bowling ball, a plastic globe or a thick glass globe (an ornament or part of a lamp for instance)
* Flat-bottomed glass pebbles
* Adhesive; this must be waterproof and suitable for outdoor use, plus preferably dries clear. Examples include GE silicone II clear sealant, E-6000 adhesive, Beacon 'quick grip' all-purpose permanent adhesive, Liquid Nails all-purpose adhesive, and Weldbond universal adhesive.
* Bowl or plasticine
If you want to add grout to create a mosaic, then you will also need:
* (Sanded) Grout
* Grout sealer
* Rubber gloves
- Make sure the globe shape you are using is clean and dry. If the globe has a smooth surface and isn't made of glass, use sandpaper all over to roughen the surface a little bit. Clean off all of the sanding dust and make sure it is dry before continuing.
- Turn the globe upside down and rest it in a bowl or similar, or use plasticine to stabilize it so it's not rolling around.
- Begin gluing the glass pebbles onto the globe, working your way down the sides of the globe until you get to just over halfway down. You can use all one color of pebbles, or do patterns like stripes or polka dots.
If using sealant rather than a regular adhesive, make sure you use a thick layer to effectively adhere the pebbles.
- Leave the glue to dry according to the specific guidelines on the product. Then you can turn the globe over and add glass pebbles to the rest of the globe's surface, starting from the top. Once again leave to dry.
- At this point, you can put your globe in the garden and finish there. OR you can mosaic the outside if you would prefer that look (especially if your glue is looking messy!)
- Put on your rubber gloves and mix up enough grout to cover your globe. Follow the instructions on the grout packaging to get the right mixing ratio.
- Using your hands, cover the globe with the grout. Make sure the grout is pushed into all of the gaps between the glass pebbles, leaving no gaps.
- Leave the grout to dry for a set amount of time (stated on the grout instructions) before wiping any excess off. This is usually 15-30 minutes.
- Fill a bucket with water.
- Scrape the bulk of the excess grout off with your hands before dipping a sponge in the bucket of water, wringing it out slightly so that it isn't completely saturated, and then wiping any grout off all of the pebbles.
- Don't soak the grout too much and be careful to not remove too much of it.
- You will be finished when the top surfaces of all of the pebbles can be seen, and the grout dips slightly between them. You can use a cloth to remove the last of the grout from the glass.
- Leave it to dry completely. Then do any final cleaning you need to do, maybe with an old toothbrush for stubborn areas.
- Apply grout sealer.
P.S. You can use mosaic ceramic pieces, pennies, seashells or small pebbles instead of the glass pebbles if you wish.
Decorative Homemade Ideas
- Gardening Instructables
Brilliant project ideas including fountains and gadgets.
- Candle Lantern
Expensive looking lantern poles made from thrift store finds.
- Bee Skep
This false bee skep is a nice example of using rope for garden crafts.
- Succulent Plant Table
Amazing outdoor gardening table made with wood pallets.
- Twig Markers
Super simple plant markers.
- Shabby Chic Pots
Clay flowerpots + candle wax + paint = interesting patina effect.
- Painted Flowerpots
How to stencil modern designs onto your pots.
- Refashioned Superhero Gnomes
Awesome gnome modifications to make them cool.
- Herb Graveyard
Creative herb garden idea which you can make from foam, wood or clay.
- Chevron Wooden Planters
Fabulous multicoloured planters which look very attractive in a garden.
- Fairy Garden
Adorable idea to let your creativity go wild - I love the swing set!
Hanging Wire Sculpture
Creative Outdoor Objects
- DIY Hanging Plants
Use neon string for an attractive hanging plant display.
- Tape Sculptures
Wrap clingfilm and tape around inanimate objects for cool sculptures.
- Copper Coil Trellis
A shiny homemade trellis to support climbing plants.
- Glow Stick Sign
Create all kinds of patterns or messages on your fences/walls.
- Modern House Number
Very easy craft idea using just wood and nails.
- Portable Fire Pit
Little fire pit you can use outside at garden parties.
- Grass Table
Summer outdoor table idea which is quick and easy.
- Brick BBQ
Step-by-step for building a barbeque.
Adorable toadstools made from metal bowls, paint and logs/tree stumps.
- Painted Pebbles
Use water-resistant paints to make artistic pebbles displays.
Outdoor Ornaments & Projects
- Plaster Gnomes
Mould your own gnomes from household items.
- Deck-Top Pond
Great way to have your own pond without digging a hole.
- 5 Cinder Block Projects
Find new decorative uses for these concrete building blocks.
- DIY Bird Bath
Use bowls and a copper pipe to make a simple elegant bird bath.
- Pallet Christmas Tree
I love the rustic look of this festive garden decoration.
- Homemade Garden Trellis
Support climbing plants with any design of trellis you can think of.
- Lighthouse Lawn Ornament
Charming statement decoration made with terracotta flowerpots.
Outdoor Crafts To Try
- Cement Candleholders
Cement is the perfect material for outdoor crafts.
- Hanging Ornaments
Grout mosaic pieces onto styrofoam baubles.
- Flower Tower
A gravity defying tower made from terracotta pots.
- Upholstered Tree Stumps
You could use oilcloth for waterproof seating.
- Yarn Bomb Your Trees
If you can knit, why not liven up your trees?!
- Backyard Fountain
DIY fountain using a large ceramic pot and a submerged pump.
- Moss Chair
Natural looking moss chair for statement furniture.
- Moss Graffiti
See how you can write on walls with moss!
- Grass Sofa
Sprout your own fantastic lawn couch.
- Concrete Mushrooms
I love the idea of using these as wedding party favors.
More Substantial Things to Make & Build
- Felt Wall Planter
Very effective display for your plants.
- Log Bench
Construct your own bench with lots of power tools.
- DIY Trellis
13 different ways you can make a trellis.
- Recycled Barrel Planter
Layered display with bags of rustic charm.
- Lawn Scrabble
Make your own giant game of Scrabble.
- Tools as Sculptures
Awesome garden art made from rusty old tools.
Plans for the classic tree house build.
- Tipi Tent
Scale the sizes up for a larger tipi.
- Easy Outdoor Seating
A piece of furniture so simple anyone could make it!
Fun Garden Kits & Ornaments
There are lots of garden accessories you can buy to decorate your garden, from the classic gnomes and kitsch flamingos, to sculptures, sundials and mosaics.