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10 upcycling ideas how to decorate the garden with recycled materials

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What better place than the garden to make something creative and do some cool upcycling ideas? To save the planet (and your wallet), nothing can be thrown away and everything can be recycled. Glasses and bottles, old teapots, jeans, car tires, cable drums… all these everyday items will get a second life thanks to our original ideas that will cost you almost nothing. After the cool craft ideas with old plates and old cups, here you will find more inspirations on how to decorate and design your garden with recycled materials.

garden upcycling ideas furniture and decoration

It’s true that you don’t have to spend a fortune to beautify your home and create an original and cozy outdoor space. The art of recycling and DIY is a great way to create stunning, personalized garden decor. Whether you have a large garden or an XS backyard, you can use recycled materials to design your outdoor space according to its orientation and size. It’s also a great way to recycle items you would have otherwise thrown away, benefiting nature and your budget. And because we at tikbow love the concept of upcycling, where otherwise unusable items are given new life, we show you a small selection of inspiring ideas to decorate the garden in an original and cost-effective way.

Upcycling ideas: Garden furniture made from old tires

recycling garden furniture from car tires

Whether knitted or crocheted, round stools have never been more popular. They’re so cool, they’re a great addition to any decor. They can be used both indoors and outdoors, are very practical in small apartments and fit perfectly into all styles. As a duo or trio, they can easily be transformed into occasional furniture (coffee table, storage stool, nightstand, etc.). Good news for all DIYers: recycling old car tires and turning them into garden furniture is not as difficult as you think.

Make your own sisal stool from car tires

An old tire, two round sheets of plywood, sisal rope, a hot glue gun, and you’re ready to start making your stool out of tires and rope. Another option? Paint your tires white and install fabric seats. Once painted, these can also be used as a side table. Simply place a round glass plate or decorative tray on top.

Use of old tires in the garden


Half a wine barrel offers many uses for the garden.

recycling ideas for the garden table and planters

An old wooden barrel offers surprisingly versatile uses: it is suitable for planting as well as for building a mini pond. It can also be turned into a side table to serve drinks and fruit. But that’s not all! From a wooden barrel you can make many practical and original furniture and decorations for little money: a fairy garden, a water feature, a stool, a hanging chair, a planter, etc. Whether cut out, suspended or placed freely in the garden, it has everything you need to give a rustic touch to your outdoor seating area. By the way, you can find more nice upcycling ideas with an old wooden barrel in this article .

Upcycling ideas for garden furniture: cable drum as a garden table.

recycling garden table from cable drum


Ah, the cable drum! This large wooden reel is not only used for winding power cables, but can also be used for many cool DIY projects. For example, it can be used to make a sturdy dining table. In the middle hole of the cable drum even a parasol fits wonderfully. If the cable drum is smaller, it is well suited as a side table or stool. Simply place your new piece of furniture in your garden or on your terrace and it will be ready for use immediately. We assure you that it will easily find its place there. Just like the stools made of recycled tires, the large coil can be combined with all styles of decoration. In winter, you can bring it indoors to add a touch of vintage to your living room. Check out the cable reel ideas in this article and get inspired by them for your own projects.

Old curtains and bed sheets become an original privacy screen

privacy garden recycling old sheet

When the nice days come, the terrace invites you to relax. However, it is not always possible to enjoy time outdoors in peace, especially if they are exposed to the prying eyes of neighbors. Fortunately, there are effective and inexpensive solutions to protect yourself from the prying eyes of passersby. Here’s one that will cost you absolutely nothing! Old bed sheets, sewn together and turned into boho-style awnings.

Upcycling ideas for the garden boho tent

So if you have old fabrics, scarves, sheets or tablecloths, turn them into an original boho teepee. How is it done exactly? The improvised tent is hung on the branches of a tree with sisal cord. Place a rug, floor cushions and lanterns under it and enjoy the beautiful days in the company of your family without worrying about the prying eyes of the neighbors. For an extra gypsy-chic feel, cut scarves and shawls into ribbons and attach them to an embroidery ring. This is how you create an original boho-style mobile!

Hammock from old jeans

upcycling jeans garden as hammock

A hammock made of jeans? Why not! Denim, as we call the sturdy denim, is characterized by its high density, durability, excellent breathability and hygroscopicity. All this makes it an ideal material for sewing a hammock.

Upcycling idea for the garden - hammock from old jeans

In the closet of style-conscious ladies of all ages are likely to find more than one pair of jeans, which, unfortunately, no longer fit. The out-of-fashion models are also aware of their fate and are waiting for the moment when they will be taken to the landfill. Give the jeans that have served you well for a few fashionable seasons another chance and turn them into a stylish outdoor hammock.

Upcycling ideas for garden lighting

recycling decoration garden glasses and fairy lights

Cans and jars are at the top of the list when it comes to inexpensive recycled materials for garden decor. These containers can be very easily repurposed into unique, original and romantic outdoor lighting without spending a dime. For a dim light in the garden, get empty glass jars, put candles or solar fairy lights inside and hang them with a string. That’s it! For more DIY garden lighting ideas, check out this article .

Old stepladder transformed into a mini vertical garden

garden upcycling ideas old wooden ladder

An old stepladder makes a wonderful flower stand. However, in the garden, it can also house a number of items that are essential for outdoor comfort: Garden tools, flower pots, blankets, pillows, etc. To create a jungle effect, you can drape hanging plants on top. If the treads are too narrow for all the things you want to arrange on them, you can add boards to the ladder, as shown in this article .

Plant old teapot

Old teapot planted with white flowering succulents

What can you do with old dishes? Don’t throw it away. Instead of letting your old cups, teapots and co. gather dust, give them a second life in the garden and turn them into pretty, original flower pots. A few brush strokes are all it takes to give the old vessels a new look. They perfectly set off colorful flowers and add a playful and personal touch to the garden. What to look for when planting old dishes, you will learn in this article .

Woven baskets used as planters.

wicker bags as DIY garden decoration

Looking for a practical and decorative upcycling idea for the garden? Wicker bags are trendy in the summer of 2021 . Whether used as beach bags or shopping bags, basket bags are the perfect accessories for a summer-in-the-city look. Now they also have a place in the garden. The woven baskets, which, by the way, are available in different sizes and shapes, not only offer space for personal items, but also for a pretty plant. To create a fancy garden decoration, be sure to use several baskets. You can arrange them on wooden boxes to give height to the arrangement, or hang them on the branches of a tree with organza ribbons.

Upcycling ideas with old garden tools: Rake head as wall storage

recycling in the garden storage idea for the garden tools

Old stuff can also come in handy when it comes to storing and organizing gardening tools. Here, a rusted rake head and old wooden knobs from a drawer serve as holders for leaf rakes, shovels, loppers and more. If you store the garden tools well organized, you will always quickly find what you need.