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Cheap and easy DIY garden projects

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Your garden is ripe for a little more development but don't panic if you consider yourself an amateur gardener or DIYer, as we've found some amazing and brilliantly basic projects for you to have a go at.

We really do mean that anyone, with any budget, can take these ideas on board and have a bash so, if you're keen to pass the time at the weekend by creating something cool for your garden, read on and get ready to plan some funky home improvement projects!

1. Create a rustic barbecue set up

outdoor cooking area:  Garden by wood-fired oven
wood-fired oven

outdoor cooking area

wood-fired oven

Built from bricks, for all weather grilling.

2. Lay a wooden garden path

Made from pallet planks.

3. Hang a rope tree swing

GERONIMO - a monkey swing:  Garden  by Green Oak Furniture Ltd
Green Oak Furniture Ltd

GERONIMO—a monkey swing

Green Oak Furniture Ltd

Made from a single piece of wood and some sturdy rope.

4. Create a bird bath

Floriana Bird Bath Solar Powered Water Feature:  Garden  by Primrose

Floriana Bird Bath Solar Powered Water Feature


From an upcycled water feature.

5. Make planters

Vintage Coca Cola Cool-Box:  Household by Vintage Archive
Vintage Archive

Vintage Coca Cola Cool-Box

Vintage Archive

From fun vintage items.

6. Use old bathroom suite items

Washbasin planter:  Garden by Donna Walker Design
Donna Walker Design

Washbasin planter

Donna Walker Design

As eccentric planters!

7. Use large plant pots as parasol stands

 Garden  by KSL LIVING



Instead of expensive weighted alternatives.

8. Upcycle interior lamps

As garden lights that can house tea lights.

9. Create seasonal tableaus

Watering can Light Garland:  Garden  by ELLA JAMES

Watering can Light Garland


With fairy lights and accessories.

10. Pallet furniture is great

 Garden  by ECOdECO Mobiliario
ECOdECO Mobiliario

ALMANZOR sofá palets. 120x80cm

ECOdECO Mobiliario

And so cheap to make!

11. Upcycle items to use as cute bird feeders

Teapot Bird Feeder:  Garden  by ELLA JAMES

Teapot Bird Feeder


Such as this old decorative teapot.

12. Make little fairy doors to add some magic to your garden

You can even use clay for these!

13. Repurpose old tin cans and buckets

Brent Verdigris Plant Pot:  Garden  by Rowen & Wren
Rowen & Wren

Brent Verdigris Plant Pot

Rowen & Wren

As funky planters.

14. Use old plastic drinks bottles

As hanging planters.

15. Repurpose old sleepers

 Garden  by 平山庭店



To make contemplation plinths for a Zen space.

16. Make a simple garden path

Sandstone & Aggregate Path:  Garden by Earth Designs
Earth Designs

Sandstone & Aggregate Path

Earth Designs

From cheap flagstones and shingle.

17. Use fishing wire

To start training a trailing tree or climber across a wall or pergola.

18. Use discarded pine cones and wax

Bag of 10 Heart shaped firelighters:  Living room by Hunter Gatherer
Hunter Gatherer

Bag of 10 Heart shaped firelighters

Hunter Gatherer

To make pretty barbecue lighters!

19. Make beautiful garden sculptures

Cow Parsley Garden Sculpture:  Garden by Garden Art and Sculpture
Garden Art and Sculpture

Cow Parsley Garden Sculpture

Garden Art and Sculpture

From wood or metal and plant amongst your blooms.

20. Paint a shabby chic garden sign on some scrap wood

Welcome to my Bee - autiful Garden sign - rustic hanging bees plaque:  Garden  by Tittlemouse

Welcome to my Bee—autiful Garden sign—rustic hanging bees plaque


And hang with string on your gate.

For more garden inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: Water fountain ideas for modern gardens.

Are you a DIY novice? Which ideas might you try?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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