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Recycled Garden Decor

Updated on June 27, 2014

Your Green Garden Oasis

If you're anything like me and cringe every time you throw something in the garbage that's perfectly reusable but you're really not sure where to recycle it, the garden just might be the place.

So many household items that we get tired of or that get a bit too worn can be re-worked, re-painted and re-cycled to become a part of your green garden oasis.

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Outdoor Garden Lighting

I love the variety of outdoor garden lighting that's now available. You can pretty well get anything you want to fit your theme and outdoor lighting gives your garden such ambience!


Another that works with just tea lights. Hang it from a bracket off of a fence. They look so pretty, especially if you have a couple!


You can never go wrong with Moonrays for the garden!


Re-Purposed Rubber Boots


I absolutely love this idea, especially if you have only a small outdoor patio area. Rubber boots can be found at your local Goodwill store or neighborhood garage sale. You can match the colors to your outdoor living space or make it fun like this!

Your rubber boot garden can include a pair from each member of your family, which makes it a real "family garden".

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Antique Bicycle


This idea looks best if you're using an old rusted tricycle or bicycle but a newer one will eventually look this way from being outside in the elements. Even if your garden space is smaller, a children's tricycle looks just as good in the garden and makes your space uniquely yours.

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Recycling Compact Discs

I first saw an idea similar to this in a magazine. Someone had used old CD's and made a sun catcher in front of a window and it looked fantastic every time the sun hit it. Who doesn't have old and scratched CD's that are slated for the garbage but would look fabulous used in a garden (as this picture), made into a sun-catcher or even hung from branches in trees.

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Old Windows


Although these are stained glass windows and look great, you can also use plain glass windows (perhaps paint them yourself), windows that have been made into mirrors or even window frames by themselves. It's all about decorating your outdoor space to be your own little oasis.

If you've got a long rectangular window frame why not prop it in the garden and use it as a trellis for climbing plants ?

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Old Chair Swing

You often see chairs mounted on fences or sitting on patios being used as planters but this is a first (for me at least) seeing an old chair used as a swing. How fun is that!! And it's nice that you can let the artist in you go wild with your own unique design!

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Fire Pits for your Garden

Fun to recycle items for your garden, but I wouldn't recommend trying to make your own fire pit! Better to buy brand new and Amazon has some gorgeous ones!

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Re-Purposed Crocs


I am NOT a croc person but I do love these for the garden, especially if it's a child's garden. They're colorful, they're fun and what's nice about a "croc" garden is that every year, as the child's feet grow so does the garden. It can even be the start of a family tradition. Children love traditions and it's fun to look back and remark on the how, why and when that particular "croc" got planted!

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There's no reason to throw any footwear out when it comes to recycling in a garden. Old work boots, colorful rubber boots and crocs can give any garden a fun and whimsical look.

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ReUse, RePurpose, ReCycle

Household Items You Can Use in Your Garden Decor

If you spend a lot of time outdoors, your garden can really be your haven and personal oasis. It's one thing to have a perfectly manicured lawn and a patio/backyard that looks like it's out of a catalogue but anyone can do that. Your garden especially is where you relax, spend time with family and friends. It's an extension of you. Why not think green and make it your own by planting colorful flowers into some every day household items or adding color with bits and pieces of household décor!

Plant flowers into old china teapots - looks even better when they're chipped!

Enamelware (Some will know this dishware from camping)

Old wooden side tables - remember the tall skinny ones? They look great painted in wild colors with drawers opened up and planted with cascading flowers

Knives and forks can be used in wind chimes, bent into flower shapes and stuck into pots. Some people even paint cute little faces on the spoons (a fun idea for kids!)

Pick up old colorful soft drink bottles at garage sales and nestle them in your garden or line them up on an outdoor shelf.

Old Country Style screen doors come alive as a garden trellis. You don't even have to replace torn screens, the more worn, the better.

Antique tools and garden hoes, shovels and pitch forks look completely at home stuck in a garden or mounted on a wooden fence.

Be creative before you toss out! And when you're out at garage sales and flea markets looks for household items you can re-use in your garden

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Antique Bathtub


Found an old tub at a flea market? Why not give it a coat of paint and use it for planning a big tub of flowers? Pretty much anything can be used as a container for plants and yes, I've even seen recycled sinks and toilets used as planters. A little different I guess (and very unique but certainly a conversation piece!

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Rusted Toolboxes


If it once had a life of holding something you can bet it can be used in a garden to hold plants. I do love this idea and this idea would look great if you had multiples toolboxes in different sizes.

The key to making any décor interesting whether inside or outside is the blending of different sizes, heights and textures.

Old Cars

Best suited for country properties and in fact most people who have done this have done it purely by accident. They've bought an old property which came with an old clunker rusting in the field and rather than spend the money having it towed, they've decided to incorporate into the landscape. And it looks great!

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An Old Canoe Get a New Life - From Water to Land

Even an old canoe that's seen its best days can get a new life as a garden. Don't think you have enough room in your garden? Then cut it in half, nestle the cut edge against a fence or hedge and plant the rest with flowers. It'll still be fabulous!

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Small Space Gardening

Don't have a lot of space? Grow a vertical garden re-using warehouse pallets. Perfect for small patios or balconies you can get step-by-step directions on how to make your own by clicking on the picture!!

Color, Color, Color


One of the fun things about recycled garden décor is the ability to make it any way you choose and in any color. All the recycled garden accessories here have been painted to match the shutters. Old shutters are wonderful to use as a trellis and can be painted to fit in with your garden color theme.

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Reuse Those Pallets - On the Wall, On the Ground

Another great use for warehouse pallets that can really dress up your small space gardening whether on a balcony or small patio.

Think about using pallets to give some height to your backyard patio. Pallets can be stacked side by side, on top of each other and gives a flat patio area visible interest!

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Garden Bricks

There's always old bricks to be found and what better use than to be used as name plates for a herbal garden. If you're creative and can paint, I've also seen them hand painted and placed in the garden. If you want to get children involved and interested in gardening, letting them paint their own garden brick is a fun way to do it.

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Used Bricks

Even old bricks can be used in creative ways in both large and small spaces. You certainly don't need this many bricks in a small space to make it unique and interesting. To add some fun, paint the bricks in bright Mediterranean colors. Be creative - instead of against a fence or wall, make a wall out of the bricks.

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How about You? - Do You Re-Use, Re-Purpose and Re-Cycle in your Garden ?

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      4 years ago

      Some of these ideas are seriously cute! I love the old shutters. I have some really cute garden decor that I need to incorporate into the backyard. I'm loving the canoe planter too.

    • Cynthia Haltom profile image

      Cynthia Haltom 

      5 years ago from Diamondhead

      Recycle item look so good in the garden and really make a statement. I love all of these ideas they are wonderful.

    • DrLibby profile image


      5 years ago

      you gave me some food for thought for this summer/garden season.

    • Sugarshack LM profile imageAUTHOR

      Sugarshack LM 

      5 years ago

      @ismeedee: Thank you! Hope you can find some ideas for YOUR garden :)

    • Sugarshack LM profile imageAUTHOR

      Sugarshack LM 

      5 years ago

      @anitabreeze: Thanks!! And that's the only thing you'll see me do with a pair of crocs! hahaha....

    • ismeedee profile image


      5 years ago

      OH wow!! So many wonderful ideas here and so inspiring! Love it!

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      5 years ago

      Wow, some of these ideas are fantastic! I really love the crocs idea. Now I have more reasons to go garage saling!


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