Repurposing Household Items for the Garden

One of the biggest frustrations I have about a consumer society is the tendency to throw away things when the things we have get a little old or worn rather than finding another use for them. Gardening provides one of the best opportunities to use old items in a fun way. Next time you’re thinking of throwing out some of your old junk, consider for a moment if it could be used to “vintage-ify” your garden. Here are some examples to get you thinking:

Old Silverware: Whether it’s because your old silverware is tarnished or simply because you got a new set, don’t just throw the old one out. With a little bit of copper wire, fishing line, and a few beads, those worn utensils can create a whimsical wind chime to hang on the patio, balcony, or among the trees. We’ve even seen people attach the “chimes” to old kettles or other disused metal kitchen items. Fun!


Use glass bottles to create Tiki torches, wind chimes, or lined garden pathways.

Repurpose glass bottles by making Tiki-torches.

Glass Bottles: Glass bottles can be used for a number of fun projects. Turn a few into Tiki torches to keep spring mosquitos at bay or slice rings out of them to create a fun wind chime. They can even be planted neck-side-down to line a garden pathway. Check out this DIY tutorial on how to cut glass easily at home.


Teacups make fantastic miniature planters for herbs, tiny flowers, and more.

Too many teacups? Turn some into planters!

Tea Cups/Mugs: In need of some small planters? Why not just use old tea cups or mugs? They are perfect for growing succulents, herbs, or tiny flowers. Simple teacups can add a quaint elegance to your home without taking up much space.

Wooden Palettes: It’s not uncommon to have a wooden palette lying around or find one waiting to be picked up by the trash man. But with a little re-painting, palettes can fill any number of uses in a garden. They can be mounted on a wall for vertical gardening, used in raised beds to create nice and neat plant rows, and much more.


About Alex Holt

I am a local artist from Brooklyn, NY. I love art, design, books, photography, gardening and blogging.
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