Trash To Garden Art
How to Recycle Found Objects into Art for the Garden
In today's world buying Gnomes, birdbaths and sculptures to decorate your garden with can be expensive. These decorations add décor that might be a little bit you ,but doesn't really stamp your personality into your personal garden. There is nothing wrong with decorating with gnomes. They are cute, funny and lead you down the garden path to your variety of flowers,shrubs and vegetables, but what if you came up with your own variety of fascinating artwork that has, you ,stamped all over it. You can make your own art by using these easy steps with found objects out of the trash, or objects found on a beach to create your own garden art. I will show you how to make a wind chime from forks and spoons. You will see how to make containers with beach pebbles and also how to wood burn with a magnifying glass.
The above photo by Suzzycue features a chunk of white birch log to use as a plant stand. Also keep pieces of architecture such as spindles from outdoor railings that can be used to hold candles to light your garden path on those romantic nights.
Silverware Wind Chime
Fork and Spoon Wind Chime
Easy recycled Art
You can see by the photo that I spray painted my silverware wind chime but that is not necessary. I just enjoy the color blue in my garden. You need three forks and two spoons for this project.
Step 1: Flatten all pieces of flatware with a hammer on a hard surface. I used a concrete block.
Step:2: Drill holes in the top of the handles of two spoons and two forks with an electric drill.
Step 3: Take pliers and bend the fork prongs of your last fork up and around as seen in the photo above. This will be the fork that you suspend the other silverware from to make the music when the wind blows.
Step 4: Cut pieces of fishing line to the lengths that you want to tie the spoons and forks with, that is satisfying to your eye. Make sure that when tied to the top fork that some part of a spoon or fork must touch another one to make the sound.
Step 5: Hang in you garden and wait for the wind to blow.
Pebble Flower Pots
Pebble Stone Garden Containers
Recycle Your Cardboard Planting Containers
These are cardboard containers you can find anywhere. First you spray them with clear varathane paint to stop them from leaking when you water your plants. You can also use the black plastic containers you purchase with plants in them also.
I used a white strong glue that dries clear to glue the pebbles to the sides. I saved all the black stones for the top of each pot. Let glue dry overnight then spay again with clear varathane paint. You can also set a pot down inside these finished stone containers and then you would not have to waterproof them. Fun, easy project to do at the cottage with your children.
Wood Burned Blue Heron Art Work
Recycle Your Old Wooden Planks
This is really fun but be careful there really is heat from the magnifying glass. Draw or trace a picture of your choice to a piece of wooden plank. Then sit in the sun with it. You have to hold the magnifying glass above the drawing until you see a bright yellow round light appear. This light is the heat focusing threw the glass to burn your wood. Then follow the magnifying glass down the lines of your drawing to create the burned effect. This does cause smoke and you might feel better in wearing a face mask protector. With a little practice you will get the hang of this and produce some fine art pieces for your garden. This would be an excellent way to use wooden plaques to label your plants.
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Susan Britton (author) from Ontario, Canada on February 12, 2014:
Thank you @Glimmer Twin Fan. She will have lots of fun makin g these pots. I did and I have used them for years.
Claudia Porter on February 12, 2014:
These are great ideas. My daughter has tons of small rocks collected over the years. I'm going to have to show her the shell covered pots as an idea. Thanks and pinned.
Susan Britton (author) from Ontario, Canada on February 07, 2014:
Thank you B.Malin. Yes you could even cover your pots with shells. Plastic pots work well with a glue gun but if you use the cardboard pots like I did spray them with varathane first. Have fun in the sun my friend!
b. Malin on February 06, 2014:
Good inexpensive Hub Ideas for the garden. I Love the Pebble Stone flower pots. Now that I live in a Condo, I could still put that idea to work on my "Lanai".
Votes of UP & Interesting and of course Useful go to you!
Susan Britton (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 17, 2014:
@ChitrangadaSharan I thank you so much. You have a great day!
Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on January 15, 2014:
Lovely and such creative ideas! Wonderful hub, especially I loved the pebbles pot very much.
Thanks for sharing this useful and interesting hub! Voted up and pinned!
Susan Britton (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 14, 2014:
@Always Exploring. Nice to hear from you. Yes I love to build things from trash and when my projects become useful then even better. Thankyou for your comment.
@Kathryn Stratford the pebble planters would be easy for you. You live near a beach. The pots would look awesome also covered with shells or driftwood. Thank you for commenting and enjoy your beach.
@Thank you Faith Reaper. I love to build things and I see you are now building things from scraps of screen and old frames. Well done.
@Thank you breakfastpop for your comment.
@ I appreciate all your encouraging words and your support my Hubber friends. Have a great day!
breakfastpop on January 14, 2014:
What a wonderful and creative idea! Up and interestng and useful too!
Faith Reaper from southern USA on January 13, 2014:
Awesome dear suzzy! I just love all of your great ideas for garden art and turning trash into art. This is my kind of thing for sure! That magnifying glass project is amazing. I love the silverware wind chimes too, well, I love all of what you have pictured here. You have been busy.
Up and more and sharing.
Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on January 13, 2014:
These are great ideas! I love the planters with the pebbles on them. So adorable, and much better than spending loads of money on a "designer" plant pot.
Thanks for sharing these with us. I love the idea of repurposing.
Have a great day.
Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on January 13, 2014:
You are so talented. I love the idea of trash to garden. I have a garden every year. The fork and spoon wind chime is neat. The wood burning is more difficult i'm sure but very creative. Thank you for sharing..