Upcycling in the Garden

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Recycling and Upcycling in the Garden

Upcycling is creating something of value from something of little or no value. This page will provide you with ideas and instructions on how to upcycle items from and for your yard. You'll find creative uses for shipping pallets, old ladders, old car tires, and more. You'll also find creative ideas for making planters, fences, paths and more from all kinds of recycled materials. Not only will this save you money and help reduce the amount of stuff you throw away, many of these item will be great talking points. Check out the pictures and stories to see what I mean.

Picture credit
© Copyright pennuja and licensed for reuse under the CC BY 2.0 License.

Ideas for Upcycling Materials from your Yard

shipping pallets
old wood
tools
tires / tyres
garden waste

Upcycling Scrap Wood / Pallets

upcycling pallets to make compost bins

Picture credit: my own photo
shipping pallets and old fencing used to make compost bins

Instructions for upcycling scrap wood into useful items

More Upcycling Ideas For Scrap Wood or Pallets

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planting pallet  Recycling at its best  recycled garden water feature  pallet chair, improv  cold frame made from recycled pallet wood  Shelf made from pallets

lego table out of repurposed pallet  IMG_0160.jpg  outside view of coop in progress  hand painted red group of hands on found and recycled wood,and vintage linoleum from the 1950's  rustic table  Plants Grow in Poles

Upcycling Tools

Upcycling Tools

© Copyright wanderingone
and licensed for reuse under the CC BY 2.0 License.

Instructions for upcycling tools into useful items

  • 1
    Instructions for making a stylish bookshelf from an old ladder
  • 2
    Make a bench from scaffolding
  • 3
    Scroll down for instructions for making a rake organizer for your jewelry
  • 4
    Instructions for making a rake stemware holder

More Upcycling Ideas for Tools of All Kinds

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garden seat

shovel man

bull sculpture

orb sculpture

rake face

ladder bookcase

Ideas for Upcycling Tires / Tyres

Car and Bike

Upcycling Tires

© Copyright c.j.b
and licensed for reuse under the CC BY 2.0 License.

Instructions for upcycling car or bike tires into useful items

More Ideas for Upcycling Tires

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letterbox

wall

table and chairs

bike tire chairs

wall

flowerpots

sandals

fashion

bags

Upcycling Tires into Playground Equipment

Ideas include a sandpit, bouncy walkways, dragons to climb on, tunnels, obstacle course, tire tower to climb, flying fox, stairs

219-365  Tire playground  tire dragon  Tires  Tire Garden  alex tire king

Kings Heath Park in winter - playground  DSCN11019  for Elhawk  DSCF5450

Upcycling Your Garden Waste

twig pumpkin

© Copyright quinn.anya
and licensed for reuse under the CC BY-SA 2.0 License.

Instructions and ideas for upcycling your garden waste

Of course your garden "waste" does not need to be wasted. You can make compost or mulch, but there are much more creative uses.

More Ideas for Upcycling Garden Waste

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Twig arch  Twig chair  Ball of twig  Vine maple snowshoe  Twig Furniture  Split-Twig Figurine GRCA_29933f

Upcycling Items for Use in the Garden

Planters Made from Recycled Materials

Planters Made from Recycled Materials

© Copyright :mrMark:
and licensed for reuse under the CC BY 2.0 License.

Instructions and ideas for upcycling items into planters

More Planters Made from Recycled Materials

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tyres

car

cans

tires

guitar

soft drink bottles

toilets!

Dutch clog

red shoe

old shoe

Above photo credits:
recycled tires by stuart_spivack (CC BY-SA 2.0)
red car by sashafatcat (CC BY 2.0)
recycled cans by pictureclara (CC BY 2.0)
painted tires by ilovememphis (CC BY-ND 2.0)
guitar by icathing (CC BY-SA 2.0)
pop bottles by aegidian (CC BY 2.0)
old potties by jitze1942 (CC BY 2.0)
Dutch clog by archer10 (CC BY-SA 2.0)
red shoe by cigar858 (CC BY-ND 2.0)
old shoe by nataliemaynor (CC BY 2.0)

Starting Seedlings with Recycled Items

starting seedlings in toilet paper rolls

© Copyright girlingearstudio
and licensed for reuse under the CC BY 2.0 License.

More ways to start seedlings using upcycled items

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newspaper

newspaper pots

egg carton

newspaper pots

plastic from advent calendar

spam can

Above photo credits:
newspaper pots by jobyone (CC BY 2.0)
newspaper pots by tamf (CC BY-SA 2.0)
egg carton by healthserviceglasses (CC BY-SA 2.0)
newspaper pots by tamf (CC BY-SA 2.0)
plastic pots by jabneyhastings (CC BY 2.0)
spam can by threefingers (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Garden Fences, Walls and Borders from Recycled Materials

fence made from bottles

© Copyright Gruenemann
and licensed for reuse under the CC BY 2.0 License.

Ideas for upcycling items into fences and gates

Upcycled Garden Paths and Driveways

recycled bottle path

© Copyright Christmas w/a K
and licensed for reuse under the CC BY-SA 2.0 License.

Instructions and ideas for upcycling items into paths and driveways

More Upcycled Pathways

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mosaic path

path

path

Above photo credits:
mosaic path by auntylaurie (CC BY 2.0)
path by learnscope (CC BY-SA 2.0)
path by kaitlinmarie (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Upcycled Outdoor Decor

Upcycled Outdoor Decor

© Copyright turtlemom4bacon
and licensed for reuse under the CC BY-SA 2.0 License.

Instructions and ideas for upcycling items into lovely garden decor

More Ideas Showing Upcycled Outdoor Decor

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Mosaic to match tea for two

Hard Drive Windchimes

Mosaic Table

Computer component wind chimes

Key Chime

Mosaic Bird Bath

Flowery Bird house

Christmas pot recycling

Recycled Birdhouse

Guided tour of a unique recycled garden

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What is your favorite way of upcycling in the garden?

Do you have any suggestions or ideas for upcycling in the garden?
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  • EmmaGraceEllis May 08, 2014 @ 11:55 am
    Awesome post, thanks a bunch for all the details
  • Lionrhod May 03, 2014 @ 10:40 am
    Fantastic lens! Thank you!
  • Spirality Mar 17, 2014 @ 12:02 pm
    So creative. Now if only I had a garden
  • chaltom May 11, 2013 @ 5:23 pm
    Neat idea, you inspired me to reuse some of my old tires in the garden. Thanks for the ideas.
  • jhofman May 02, 2013 @ 12:19 pm
    Really cool ideas here! We want to do more upcycling in our garden.

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