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DIY Garden Crafts & Outdoor Decoration Ideas | Tutorial Roundup

Updated on February 16, 2016

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

- Plastic

- 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.

- Astroturf

- 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.

- Timber

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.

Happy crafting!

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:

Decorating Your Garden: A Bouquet of Beautiful and Useful Craft Projects to Make & Enjoy
Decorating Your Garden: A Bouquet of Beautiful and Useful Craft Projects to Make & Enjoy

30 ideas for things to make including instructions for building a birdhouse, chair and mosaic.

Concrete Crafts: Making Modern Accessories for the Home and Garden
Concrete Crafts: Making Modern Accessories for the Home and Garden

Step-by-step tutorials for interesting projects, with lots of guidance for concrete molding beginners.

Garden Mosaics: 25 Step-by-step Projects for Your Outdoor Room
Garden Mosaics: 25 Step-by-step Projects for Your Outdoor Room

Get artistic with clear instructions for 25 different stunning mosaic designs.


Mosaic Stepping Stone




Upholstered Tree Stumps

A fun idea for adding wipe-clean pink vinyl and some decorative trim to tree stumps!
A fun idea for adding wipe-clean pink vinyl and some decorative trim to tree stumps! | Source

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)

* Sandpaper

* 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

* Sponge

* Bucket

* Trowel

- 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!)

To mosaic:

- 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.

- Finished!

P.S. You can use mosaic ceramic pieces, pennies, seashells or small pebbles instead of the glass pebbles if you wish.

Flowerpot People


Hanging Wire Sculpture


Junk Sculpture

The Sharon Smith Sculpture at the Austin Art Yard Tour.
The Sharon Smith Sculpture at the Austin Art Yard Tour. | Source

Succulent Wreath


Painted Gnomes


Concrete Toadstools


Christmas Decor

It's always fun to decorate your yard for Christmas - crafts you can try include making your own wreath and making wood log reindeer.
It's always fun to decorate your yard for Christmas - crafts you can try include making your own wreath and making wood log reindeer. | Source

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.

Garden Craft Videos

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      good 8 months ago

      goog job

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      Kelsey Elise Farrell 2 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Oh, I love the succulent wreath. Great ideas all around, I'm ready to jump into the yard and get going on these tips. Up-vote!

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      sue826 lm 3 years ago

      Great and useful lens. I just got back from a store to purchase some cool decorations for my yard. This lens gave me some great ideas.

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      Mascheta 3 years ago

      Wow gets me motivated!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      nice and great as visit I appreciate you.

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      TommysPal 4 years ago

      I've been saving the little pieces of glass and old rusty metal objects that I dig up while working in my flower beds. I want to make something with them. I just don't know what yet. Thanks for sharing this lens with us.

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      johnny66 lm 4 years ago

      Some great ideas for giving your garden an upgrade. I squid like this.

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      opatoday 4 years ago

      Great Lens thanks for sharing

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      BoosterBob 4 years ago

      Great ideas. I especially like the fire pit idea.

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      May Matthew 4 years ago

      Great ideas. Thank you!

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      Judith Nazarewicz 5 years ago from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

      Some really neat ideas! Thanks

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      GardenIdeasHub LM 5 years ago

      My favorite is the flowerpot people. Too cute!

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      halloweencostumebuyingideas 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      Very cool ideas ... I really like the mosaic stepping stone

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      simoza01 lm 5 years ago

      fun & very inspiring ...

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      MaryThereseBenn 5 years ago

      I don't know if I'm brave enough or talented enough for all your projects, but it was fun to see them! THanks for a great lens!

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      psiloveyou1 5 years ago

      I love doing fun projects for my yard. You have lots of great ideas here :)

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      caffimages 5 years ago

      Great ideas! I love the succulent wreath, and will probably try this in my garden. Thanks!

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      KateHonebrink 5 years ago

      Love, love, love all these ideas! Great job on such an interesting lens!

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      Stephanie 5 years ago from DeFuniak Springs

      Great lens. I love the succulent wreath!

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      Ellen de Casmaker 5 years ago from Powell RIver BC

      Really like the wirework ornament. I may try this.

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      Traceeshobbies 5 years ago

      ?Great lens!