DIY Garden Ideas: 25 Simple Upcycling Ideas for the Garden

Spring garden season is here and for anyone looking for DIY garden ideas, you can’t do better than finding an couple of awesome upcycling ideas for the garden. If you’ve hung around Six Dollar Family for a bit, you’ll know that I am a huge fan of upcycling anything. We upcycle bath towels, we upcycle old sheets, we upcycle milk jugs and I even find second uses for things like tea bags. In other words, if I can upcycle it? I will.

Ready to put add even more beauty to your garden? These 25 simple Garden Upcycles are amazing! Upcycling Ideas for the garden have never looked better!

There’s just something so…soulful to me about taking an item that has outlived its original purpose and making it great again. I can’t think of a better place to do that than in your garden. It’s perfectly fitting isn’t it? Your garden, a place that brings plants, fruits or veggies to life, can also bring new life to that old piece of “trash” that a lot of people wouldn’t think twice about tossing.

DIY Garden Ideas: 25 Simple Upcycling Ideas for the Garden

There are a ton of DIY Garden ideas on the internet and some of them are also upcycling ideas for the garden, but for the sake of keeping this post short? I’ve picked my top 25 favorites! From upcycled toy truck planters to creating garden benches and more, I’m positive you’ll love these ideas just as much as I do!


Have an old Scrabble game lying around? These Scrabble Piece Garden Markers from Sow and Dippity are perfect for any left over letters you might have.

Old, recalled cribs aren’t good for much, but in the garden? They can shine! This DIY Crib Garden Trellis from a Bird and a Bean is adorable, functional and proves that an old crib can have new life!

If you’ve got an old pair of boots or rainboots hanging around, put them to work in the garden with these DIY Gumboot flower planters. They’re super cute!

If you love pallet projects, you’re going to flip over this Pallet Garden Center! I adore it and can’t wait to add it to our garden!

Garden missing a beautiful bird bath?  You’ll love this DIY Garden Bird Bath project from Mami Talks. It’s made with a terra cotta saucer and urn!

If you have old rain gutters or fencing lying around, you will want to take a look at this DIY Gutter Garden. This may be my first garden project when we get some extra time!

Composting can be difficult to get going on and commercial tumblers are expensive. This DIY Compost Tumbler is incredibly easy to make and budget friendly too!

I just love this DIY Garden idea! Take an old Tonka truck and what do you have? A DIY Vintage Toy Truck Planter for your garden!

Don’t throw your old colander away when you buy a new one! This DIY Colander Planter from The Micro Gardner is functional and adorable!

Getting new tires on the car? Turn the old ones into an awesome upcycled tire planter!

Looking for more upcycled ideas for the garden? Check these out!

Seed Starters 

Old Drawer Planters

Chandelier Planter

Twine Lights

How to Build a Grow System

Garage Door Garden 

Tractor Garden Pond

DIY Upcycled Garden Bench

Washing Drum Fire Pit

DIY Windchimes

Glass Bottle Edging Garden Ornaments

DIY Lego Garden Planters

Soda Bottle Drip Feeder 

DIY Garden Trellis 

Garden Tool Bird Houses 

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Stacy Barr is the face and brain behind the frugal living and lifestyle blog Six Dollar Family . By the age of 30, she had overcome an alcohol addiction, a drug addiction, divorce, survived domestic violence and had built a life for herself and her daughter after spending 10 months in a homeless shelter. Her book, also called Six Dollar Family, has sold more than 7,000 copies since its release.

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