Repurposing for the Garden

headboardplanterOutdoor decor is expensive. A pretty little bowl that might cost $20 in the home department automatically costs $40 when sold in the garden department, where it is also magically transformed into a flower pot. With price gouging like this, beautifying your outside area can be cost prohibitive for those who want more than just white plastic chairs.

The solution is to use that big, creative brain of yours to take things from inside and put them to work outside. Most of the time only minor adjustments can turn them into hardy outdoor residents, and it will give your patio or garden a unique look that can only come from thinking outside the garden department.
Planters
Any concave object can become a planter or flower pot, so have fun with it. Large bowls of any material (although metal and ceramic hold up best) are typical, but why be typical? Use old buckets and wash tubs to house larger plants, or situate a tub in the seat-frame of an old chair. As the plant blooms, the carved rails of the chair back lend a downright cottage-y feel, and the upright rails provide support for vines and climbing plants.
plants in pots
Don’t forget about drainage – most plants are susceptible to root rot unless there is a way for excess water to leave the system. A drill with a 1/2-inch bit takes care of this fairly quickly – drill one hole for every four inches of surface area. Keep the holes about a half-inch wide though, or they can become clogged with dirt and debris.
Furniture
Most indoor furniture can be successfully used outside, with a few modifications and considerations. A completely-upholstered piece probably won’t fare well, but wood or wicker pieces with upholstered cushions will be fine, especially in covered areas. Wood, plastic and metal furniture work great and are very weather-resistant, but become even more charming and picturesque as the material weathers.
outdoor composition
To make sure your furniture lasts outside, take a few precautions: cover all upholstered areas with outdoor fabric that resists moisture, mildew and mold. This fabric isn’t necessarily plastic, either – it’s sold under several brands, but they all feel like canvas or a heavy cotton duck, and they are available in a rainbow of colors and prints.

Give all wood furniture a coat of varnish, or rub bare wood with tung oil to help protect against moisture. Metal that’s already powder coated will be fine, but keep bare metal well-oiled to prevent rust. Plastic furniture will be fine.
Decor
Before you discard old, stale decor that you’re tired of looking at, give it a go in the garden. Large wall mirrors look great propped up against a fence and left to weather, especially if the surrounding plants begin to obscure part of it. Your daughter may have outgrown all of her fairy figurines, but they’re adorable when placed throughout the garden, hiding halfway under tomato plants.
garden decor
Even mass-produced bargain-bin sculptural art takes on a whole new life when given a place of honor amidst the impatiens and azaleas. The key is to be selective, and place items carefully. Don’t clutter up your yard – you should not be able to see every single piece from any one vantage point.
Miscellaneous Projects
Random things from around the house can turn into gorgeous works of craft pretty easily. Hammer some old silverware flat and turn it into wind chimes (these things cost upwards of $50 at specialty stores). Have a collection of random wood boxes that seem to be perpetually empty? Stand them on their sides and prop the door open – voila – instant bird house. Starting a vegetable plot? That drawer full of bamboo chopsticks from the Chinese takeout place make excellent plant markers – glue a square of balsa wood to the top for an even larger writing surface.
landscaped garden.
See? You didn’t even realize you had all this stuff just hanging around. And with just the smallest bit of work, you now have the most adorable little yard on the block.

Rock Garden Landscaping Ideas

kjI moved into a new house recently. It has a backyard that I was dying to transform. It’s just the right size. Not too big, not too small. But that was one of its problems too. I didn’t want a full-fledged garden because I knew I would not get the time to look after it. So I opted for a gorgeous rock garden instead. And now my backyard looks fabulous! So I thought of spreading the joy by mentioning some ideas for rock garden here. Read them, and the next time you think of re-doing your backyard, I’m sure you can use one of them.

Ideas for Rock Garden Landscaping

Creating a rock garden does not mean that you collect a bunch of rocks and dump them in your yard. Yes, it is a less messy landscaping option than normal gardening, but, mind you, it is just as time consuming and involves the same amount of effort and dedication to make it look picture perfect. Below are some ideas for a pretty rock garden that are not too difficult either.

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Artistic Ideas to Decorate Your Garden with Painted Rocks

rock-painting-diyRock Painting Ideas for Kids
If you’re unwilling to hunt for rocks, there are rock painting kits available in stores, that comes with painted rocks craft ideas, acrylic paints, brushes, and even round river stones.
Rock painting, as an art, has a deep and profound history. Cave painting was done by nomadic man, and there are many evidences of rock art left behind. Different motifs and symbolic languages have been engraved by indigenous people. They stand as a testimony to history, and are a subject of study for archaeologists.

If you’re looking for little bit of fun with rock painting for your garden, you’ve come to the right page! Decorating your garden with painted rocks can be a cheap and easy way to make a style statement, Plus, it also gives you the satisfaction and joy of creation. Another bonus is that you don’t have to take any special efforts to preserve this art work of yours. Of course, you need to find appropriate places in your garden to place them. So, if you’re all game for it, here are some tips that might come handy.
Rock Painting Instructions and Tips
Things You’ll Need

➥ Acrylic colors
➥ Paint brushes of various sizes
➥ Clean cloth to wipe
➥ *Rocks/pebbles, preferably with smoother edges

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Creative Homemade Butterfly Feeder Ideas

DIY-Teacup-Bird-FeedersQuick Tip
If you live in a dry region, prepare nectar for the butterflies with a fructose mixture, rather than using regular sugar. This is because it is believed that dry weather causes the sugar to recrystallize in the insects’ stomachs, leading to their deaths.
Just the sight of a butterfly fluttering nearby, brings a sense of peace and tranquility to the mind. They play a very important ecological role, second only to bees in productive pollination for plants. While one can attract butterflies by growing a number of plants, an easier way to lure these insects is by making and using your own butterfly nectar and feeders. Let us take a look at how to make a butterfly feeder with items that are easily available at home.

Butterfly Feeder DIY Methods

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Yard Art Ideas

Creative-Yard-Art-650x650Decorating your yard in a classic way is something that you might be thinking of doing since a long time. However, the outdoors usually get ignored and you end up concentrating only on indoor decorations. Decorating your yard is not a difficult task. A few or even a single piece of art can help in creating a major difference in its look. There are many art ideas which you can think of using for this. Take a look at a few of them.

Sculptures

Sculptures are an all time favorite choice for outdoor decorations. You will find a huge variety of these in the market. Sculptures of birds and animals give a pretty look to the garden. Having human figure sculptures also works well to spruce up the outdoors. You can have these around a waterfall (if any) in your garden. They are available in stone, cast iron, wood, and many other materials.

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