5 DIY garden projects on a budget

If your love of gardening extends beyond your green thumb to your crafty mind, these five budget-friendly, do-it-yourself garden-related projects will let you get your hands dirty in fun and creativity. Dig in!


Teacup bird feeder

Repurpose a beautiful teacup into a bird feeder that will be appreciated by feathered friends and visitors alike. Find a thrifted cup and saucer that appeals to you. Glue the cup onto the saucer, with the handle pointing up and the cup opening up to the middle of the plate. Once everything is in place, hang in the garden from a shepherd’s hook. Thrifty Rebel Vintage used a vintage necklace to hang it and add some bling. Fill with bird seed and watch all the attention it gets!

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Glass garden flowers

Capture the light and let it shine with these stunning sun catchers. They’re like snowflakes — no two are alike! Shop secondhand to gather a selection of colorful and clear glassware in a variety of shapes. You’ll also need other supplies like a rebar, silicone glue and a hockey puck to put your flower together. Create one or a landscape. Think ahead for holiday gift-giving ideas.

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Garden stones

Use pieces from teacups and saucers to make a mosaic stepping stone, a perfect addition to your floral or vegetable garden. This could be the perfect for solution for that cracked teacup your beloved aunt gave you that you couldn’t bear to part with. Instead of buying a kit, use a secondhand cake pan for this project. It’s less costly and you can throw the mess away when you are done.

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Chalkboard spoons

Provide valuable information while loading on the charm with whimsical chalkboard spoons. These garden and herb plant markers are simplicity at its best. Dip a spoon (find them at Goodwill for 29 cents each) into chalkboard paint, let dry and write on them with liquid chalk marker so the labels don’t wash off in the rain. A set of them would make for a fun gift.

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Birdhouse with a thrift store clock

Upcycle an old tabletop clock into a sheltered place for our feathered friends. By simply removing the clock portion and the back and brushing it with water sealant, this treasured find now has a new purpose and new life. Add a hook or eye for hanging purposes and fill as necessary. Put out the welcome mat and watch the birds flock to it!

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