One of the easiest way to decorate your outdoor space on a budget is to create DIY garden crafts. Homemade garden craft ideas are so much more fun than anything you can buy at the store because they are unique and personal to your taste.
29 DIY Garden Decorations You’ll Love
Below you will find 29 cute and easy DIY garden craft ideas you can make in a snap to add a pop of personality to your yard. Whether your garden has a vintage vibe, is whimsical for your kids, or looks more traditional, you are sure to find projects that fit your style. For those who love to upcycle, this list has many fun tutorials. From tea cups to chandeliers to old table legs, you can make pretty DIY garden crafts out of almost anything! Liven up the rows of your garden with one of the easy to make garden marker tutorials. These DIY garden crafts also contain ideas for art and decorations to beautify your space from water features to stepping stones – weather your outdoor space is small or big.
1. Patriotic DIY Pallet Garden Flag
Show off the love for your country with this beautiful garden flag made from several wooden pallet planks. This fun DIY project can be done in just a couple of hours and will make a huge impact on your garden. It is strikingly beautiful and will not rip as traditional flags do over time.
2. Backyard Pond Made From a Stock Tank
This unique pond is not only easy to make but also gives your backyard an interesting water feature. Using a stock tank, a fully functional ecosystem is put into place with this DIY pond. Plants and animals both contribute to the delicate balance and beauty that this pond brings. It is simple to make and can be enjoyed with little maintenance.
3. Inexpensive DIY Window Flower Boxes
Window boxes add charm to any window. They are vibrant and give off a welcoming vibe. These DIY window boxes are super affordable and very easy to make. They can be painted any color to match your personal style. Add some flowers and you will have the best-looking windows on the block.
4. Flower Planter with Built-in Bird Bath
Having potted flowers outside always helps to make your space look nice, but adding a birdbath makes it look interesting too. This fun DIY project combines them both. The bottom tier allows space for beautiful cascading flowers while the top provides a coordinating birdbath. The possible color and style combinations are nearly endless.
5. Tin Accent Wall Made of Roofing Material
This accent wall will turn heads at your next barbeque. It is made of simple roofing material that you can likely purchase locally. Framed out in wood, it can replace one section of a fence or used as a stand-alone piece to separate two areas of your yard or patio.
6. DIY Garden Orbs Made of Cement
Paper mache gets an upgrade when this DIY project uses a concrete mixture instead of water and flour. It truly is easier than it sounds, and it will make a striking focal point in our garden or flower bed. These orbs can be made in all shapes and sizes and can even be painted if you prefer some color.
7. Easy DIY Tool Shed Upgrade
Tool sheds do not always come with the shelving or storage layouts that make the most sense, but you can change them pretty easily. Adding or removing shelves is a pretty simple solution, but here we see that adding some storage solutions to the doors is also a great use of space. Simple towel bars and S-hooks add to the storage capacity.
8. Upcycled Garden Hose Door Mat
Sooner or later you will probably find that you own a leaky hose. Rather than throw it away, why not make an upcycled garden hose doormat? It looks fantastic, especially in a garden space or in front of a shed. Also, it is very inexpensive to make if you already own the hose.
9. DIY Landscaping Lights for Sidewalks and Pathways
Adding lighting to a walkway or a sidewalk gives a bit of glam to your favorite outdoor spaces. Strolls outside are safer when the path is lit. When you make your own, you can choose how far apart to space them. You will also have more colors to choose from.
10. Solar-Powered Lantern Glowing Address Sign
This DIY address sign is actually an altered lantern. It looks great during the day, but the glow at night is spectacular. You would never guess that it was just an inexpensive upcycle of a lantern. It looks nice nestled in with landscaping, but it would also look great hanging from a shepherd’s hook or on a plant stand.
11. Whimsical Upcycled Painted Garden Statues
These garden statues were in need of an upcycle. They were given new life with fresh coats of paint. This allowed the owner to have a beautiful piece that matches their style instead of an old worn statue. The garden statues look great tucked in around other landscaping or flower pots.
12. Coffee Table and Fire Pit Cover
This fabulous DIY project serves as a gorgeous coffee table, and it also serves as a fire pit cover when you are not using your fire pit. With a few planks of wood and a little bit of paint, you can have a chic coffee table in just an afternoon.
13. Vertical Wooden Slat Garden for Patio
This vertical garden is a great space saver. You hang pots from it, but they do not take up a lot of room. The floor space is still available, so you can even put it behind some of your patio furniture. It looks great against a wall or a fence. If stabilized properly, it could also be used as a divider wall.
14. Spiral-Shaped Vegetable Garden of Stone
This little vegetable garden is perfect for tucking in with your existing landscaping. It would also look great in the corner of a yard, alongside a pool or beside a shed. The rocks give it an organic and natural look, but they also raise it up so you can easily tend your garden and keep away small animals.
15. Multi-Level Cedar Planter Box
Your flowers will look gorgeous as they cascade down three levels in this cedar planter box. It looks great leaning up against the house on a porch or alongside a fence. It would also look nice on a patio. You can paint the cedar if you choose to match your personal style.
16. DIY Swing Set Makeover Project
Kids of all ages love having a swing set in the yard, but they do age over time. They may have loose screws, broken swings, or faded slides. The plastic parts often fade over the years, but this is an easy fix with spray paint for plastic. Add a few new swings and a new awning for a great new-looking set.
17. Mason Jar Lid Garden Stakes
Garden stakes make it easier to remember what you planted and where you planted it, but they can also be a wonderful decorative addition to your garden. Instead of boring store-bought stakes, you can make your own with this easy DIY. You will have fun choosing pictures to match your style, and your garden will be beautiful.
18. DIY Decorative Wooden Garden Dragonflies
These dragonflies are simply stunning. The bodies are made from old table legs, and the wings are made from old fan blades. Some of the wings have designs carved into them. Each one is totally unique and has a life of its own. You could even add paint to yours for a completely different look.
19. Upcycled Outdoor Chandelier with Solar Lights
Chandeliers tend to be found in dining rooms, but why not decorate your outdoor space with them too? This awesome DIY project turns an old chandelier into a spectacular new way to light your patio, porch, or deck. You can customize it with paint colors and globe styles. It will be a focal point at your next get together.
20. Topsy Turvy Flower Pot Planter and Birdbath
A whimsical pop of color is a fun addition to your cottage garden. This unconventional use of containers has a Doctor Seuss quality that provides a vertical space to plant your flowers and a way to give the winged creatures of your garden a place to get a drink and a bath.
21. Stone Spiral Garden for Small Spaces
Just because you are limited on space does not mean you have to have a boring flower bed. This stone spiral flower bed adds rich visual interest while allowing you to cultivate plants in a tiny space. The graduated spiral also gives you a deeper bed for flower roots to dig into.
22. Upcycled Tea Set Bird Feeder
There is nothing more pleasant than looking out the back window to see a variety of birds flitting around your garden. You can encourage them to visit your yard with this charming teapot bird feeder. It’s a great way to upcycle chipped tea cups and bring a bit of Alice In Wonderland to your garden.
23. DIY Flower Pot Fairy Garden Craft
This adorable fairy garden will make you want to clap your hands to show you believe. This is a great project to do with your kids that brings a little bit of magic to your garden. It’s also an easy way to keep broken terra cotta pots out of the landfill. It’s a delight to host miniature fairy tale characters in your own yard.
24. Homemade Wood Barrel Tiered Planter
Wooden half barrels are a popular trend in rustic gardening. You can increase the planting space in the barrel and have a unique planter with this fun DIY project. The finished result is a piece that is far more interesting with greater depth and texture than a standard half barrel.
25. Easy DIY Garden Gazing Ball
When you combine old light globes, glass stones and paint, you can create a garden ornament that is truly original. Gazing globes are a garden tradition that adds an elegant pop of color. This project is an inexpensive way to add colorful sparkle to all the greenery of a garden in full bloom.
26. Painted River Rock Garden Markers
Vegetable gardeners know the struggle of finding plant markers that do not blow away in a stiff wind or become sun faded. These painted river rocks are a fantastic customizable way to mark your plantings. You can even have your kids help with this project. You will end up with a marker that stays where you put it and does not fade.
27. Stone Pot Planter Garden Display
If you are looking for a one of a kind planter that can’t be picked up in every garden center, you should consider making your own. Using improvised molds and concrete, your imagination is the limit of what you can create. The end result is a stately arrangement of unique containers.
28. Upcycled Chandelier Hanging Flower Planter
An upcycled chandelier planter makes an elegant way to display hanging plants on your porch or patio. This planter is so easy and inexpensive to make, and the end results are stunning. You can leave the chandelier with its original metallic finish or paint it the color of your choice depending on the style you desire.
29. Fun Upcycled Spoon Garden Markers
Kids love being involved in the garden, and these plant markers are the perfect way to add their creative touch to the vegetable beds. Spoons can be picked up for a song at any thrift store. All you need is a little paint, and you have cute markers to liven up plant beds.
30. Easy DIY Mushroom Garden Decoration
Kitchen pans and bowls that are well past their prime as cookware can be given a second life in your garden as adorable toadstools. There is practically nothing cuter than little red capped mushrooms peeping out from greenery in your yard. You can easily make your own with a little spray paint and creativity.
31. Upcycled Tire Hanging Flower Planter
Keeping tires out of the landfill is important for a healthy planet. There may not be a cuter way to do that than this hanging tire planter. Give new life to a worn out tire by giving it a candy colored coat of paint and filling it with soil and a colorful display of your favorite blooms.
32. Homemade Mosaic Garden Stepping Stones
If you shatter a favorite plate on the floor, don’t throw away the pieces. Use it to make these charming stepping stones. They are incredibly easy to make with a cake pan and a bag of concrete. The finished result is a garden path that is all your own unique design.
33. Wooden Table Leg Dragonfly Garden Decorations
Nothing says spring in your garden like really big dragonflies. These four feet tall shabby chic creatures are made with old furniture legs and metal wings. You can use a variety of furniture pieces, such as cabinet knobs or brackets to customize their appearance. They look fantastic as decorations on a fence or porch lattice.
34. Giant Concrete Leaves for Garden
If you are the type of person who spots a beautiful leaf and saves it to look at, you will love these DIY concrete leaves. You can permanently preserve leaves, paint them beautiful colors and use them as garden decor. The process is so simple that it makes a great project to do with kids.
35. Cute Painted Golf Ball Ladybugs
Every avid gardener knows that ladybugs are the sign of a healthy garden. Now you can have lady bugs in your garden the entire year and upcycle your old golf balls. This clever DIY project turns boring white golf balls into bright, beautiful lady bugs that you can nestle in your garden beds for a pop of color.
36. DIY Rock Covered Bucket Planter
Coastal inspired garden decor adds a beachy theme to your garden, which can get you in the mood for summer. You can create your own planter that gives a gentle nod to the sea. All you need is a metal bucket, river rock tile and grout to make a lovely container for your favorite plants.
37. Antique Key and Faux Pearl Wind Chimes
The gentle clinking of wind chimes brings to mind open windows, blowing curtains and a soft summer breeze. You can make your own elegant shabby chic antique key wind chimes using items that can be found at your local craft store. This porch ornament is a stylish way to add sound to your garden.
38. DIY Metal Bottle Cap Pinwheel
Bottle caps get a brand new life in the garden with this cute pinwheel. It is cleverly fashioned from the metal caps off soda and beer bottles that generally get thrown away. Make one to put in your garden for a whimsical decoration or a dozen to make a statement every time the wind blows.
39. Watering Can Garden Art and Planter
This rustic watering can planter gives you a picturesque way to display your flowers. Jeweled decorations coming out of the spout have the suggestion of water flowing out of the can. You can use a small corrugated metal can for a small planting or a larger one for a colorful arrangement of your favorite plants.
40. Easy Homemade Glowing Garden Planters
Add an element to your garden that you can enjoy after the sun goes down with these fun glow in the dark planters. This is a design that kids and adults can both enjoy. You can add a coat of glow in the dark paint to any container to instantly turn it into a softly lit planter in the dark.
41. Upcycled Glass Table Water Feature
If you have always wanted a stunning water feature in your garden, look no further than this eye catching upcycled table fountain. The water runs gently down the glass, which is inserted vertically into the ground. The round shape along with the Zen quality make this water feature a great addition to an Asian inspired garden.
42. Adorable DIY Flower Pot Animals
Parents who are passionate about DIY will love creating these flower pot animals with their kids. This cute project uses terra cotta pots stacked and attached in different ways to make a variety of critters. A few coats of acrylic paint and the imagination of young artists produces clay pot animals that make any garden a place the kids will want to hang out.
43. Simple Wine Cork Garden Markers
If you want simple, small plant markers for seed starting or keeping up with your young plants, you can’t go wrong with these sweet little wine cork markers. They could not be simpler to make, and you probably already have all the materials lying around your home. The end result is inexpensively made light weight plant markers.
44. Upcycled Spoon and Screw Butterflies
If you can’t have butterflies fluttering around your garden through all four seasons, you can at least have metal ones the whole year. Garden art has never been cuter than with these butterflies made from recycled spoons and screws. They give an industrial art flavor to your favorite flower bed.
45. Rustic Mason Jar Garden Lanterns
Using mason jars in decor has been in vogue for several years now for a good reason. They lend a classic, rustic air wherever they are placed. You can get this look for your garden with these easy to make mason jar lanterns. On a dark night, your garden will turn into a fairy tale with these lanterns giving a soft glow as they hang in branches.
46. DIY Wine Bottle Water Feature
DIY enthusiasts who enjoy wine are always looking for new ways to upcycle their used wine bottles. This project provides a way to use wine bottles and add a peaceful oasis to the garden. You can make this water feature as large as you wish by adding more bottles.
47. Homemade Flower Pot Bird Feeder
This bird feeder made from terra cotta containers is the perfect look for someone who prefers simple, neutral garden decor. The bird feeder is simple to construct and the end result is a beautiful place for birds to gather. As an added bonus, the opening is too small for crafty squirrels to steal a snack.