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Garden Crafts: Things You Can Make to Add Whimsy to Your Garden

Updated on July 4, 2012


Anyone can have a yard, but if you want an awesome garden with charm and warmth, you can do a lot to make your garden unique and special. Add some whimsy to your home garden by making some of these awesome things.

1. Wind Chimes: Make your own windchimes by hanging bamboo tubes, metal tubing, old silverware, or seashells from a hanger made of a disk, crossed sticks, or an old set of chimes. Make sure they bump together to make 'music'. You can make it entirely from found objects if you wish.

2. Bird Houses: Easy to make from hard shelled gourds, wood scraps. or even an old boot. If you actually want birds to live in them, check out specific websites or books on the birds in your area. Otherwise, just make them decorative.

3. Lanterns: Fill a cleaned out metal can with water and freeze it. Use a hammer and a nail to punch holes in simple patterns. Set outside to let water drain out. Hang can from an old wire coat hanger or any sturdy wire. Place votive candle inside and you'll have a lantern for nighttime walks in the garden.

4. Driftwood sculptures: Lace driftwood together to make interesting designs. Or turn into mobiles by hanging shells and stones and other found objects from it.

5. Statuary: Make your own by wood carving, wire bending or decorating a pre-existing statue with mosaic tiles, glass chips, or plastic lacing. One guy even melts 5 gallon plastic buckets with a blow torch and crafts the, omtp faces. animals and faux totem poles. (See video below).

6. Stained Glass: Real stained glass is a complicated hobby but well worth learning so you can make cool things for your garden. Or make faux stained glass with colored plastic and wire.

7. Basketry: Trailing plants look great hanging from baskets. You can either use bought or found wire baskets, line them with sheet moss, and plant inside them, or you can literally make your own baskets with wire, botanicals, vines, reeds, straw, or grasses.

8. Plant hangers: Use those macrame' skills to make great plant hangers out of hemp or jute or cotton.

9. Birdbath: Find a shallow clay pot or metal bowl and a sturdy used plant stand or table. Figure out a way to assemble it so it's secure, and keep filled with water for your feathered friends.

10. Stencilled clay pots: I made some a few years ago. A well-stocked craft store will have paint suitable for clay or stoneware. Read the labels. It might be labeled 'patio paint' or something similar. Design a simple stencil of a dragonfly, leaf or flower and make your own one-of-a-kind pots.

11. Fairy Houses: Whether you believe in the fae folk or not, these charming houses can be built from found natural objects from your trip to the beach, woods, or park. Make sure it's legal to collect items in your area. Use driftwood, feathers, shells, pincones, slabs or bark, and other cool things to decorate your fairy house and make a path leading to the front door.

12. Flags & Banners: If you have experience with silk and dyeing, you can make some amazing banners. Or go more low-tech and do paint on burlap, or applique on ripstop nylon, or paint some canvas signs. Use flag hanging hardware from the store or make your own with PVC pipes, bamboo stakes or rope.

Gardens Elements

A blown glass sphere.
A blown glass sphere.
A birdhouse I made from a gourd.
A birdhouse I made from a gourd.
It must have been a challenge getting this birdhouse up this tree.
It must have been a challenge getting this birdhouse up this tree.
Make simple suncatchers with your collected stones, sea glass, and shells.
Make simple suncatchers with your collected stones, sea glass, and shells.
Wire wrapped tumbled glass.
Wire wrapped tumbled glass.
Copper wire around a gourd.
Copper wire around a gourd.

Channel Your Creative Side

Bucket Artist

Stained Glass Ideas

Hard Drive Chimes


Tin Can Lantern

Soda Can Lantern Don't do this with your fingers...use pliers.

Fairy House


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      4 years ago

      Really enjoyed reading ur blog. dekbaeeegffc

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      7 years ago

      anyone know how to make ladybugs, bees and frogs from the small black plastic buckets that are used at stores to hols fresh flowers?

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      bonetta hartig 

      9 years ago from outback queensland

      Like your ideas and presentation - goingto show my Mum tis , she is a real craft person and I know she will just love it - really good hub

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      9 years ago

      Here is a fun family project to think about making for a garden area: Plant low growing Snow on the Mountain or white Alyssum in a black plastic or iron kettle with a handle. Hang from a tri-pod. Put crossed sticks and twigs under it with orange plume Celosia planted among the sticks to appear like a fire is burning under a steaming and bubbling pot. :)

    • Moonmaiden profile imageAUTHOR

      Fayme Zelena Harper 

      9 years ago from Lucerne Valley, CA

      "And, again, don't forget to play with bolding/underlining, etc.. it can help the eyes"

      You know I was actually going to do that, and then I realized that if i fussed over these articles so much I'd never get to 100.

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      9 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

      Can't add much I haven't said, but perhaps you can provide little blurbs underneath each vid and maybe provide a good link. And, again, don't forget to play with bolding/underlining, etc.. it can help the eyes.


    • Moonmaiden profile imageAUTHOR

      Fayme Zelena Harper 

      9 years ago from Lucerne Valley, CA

      If you do anything with buckets I'd love to see it. I've been meaning to try that myself sometime.

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      men are dorks 

      9 years ago from Namibia

      I got a good garden but new ideas always tickle me, Don't have wooed sculptures though. this month it will be "installed"

      Tx moony. u gave me a great idea while wathing the bucket artist.


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