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Upcycled Items For Your Backyard

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I love upcycling and repurposing items for my yard. It creates a happy place and a new space to decorate!

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Upcycled Items For Your Backyard Video

Solar Garden Flowers –

These are standing candle holders that has vines. I placed a glass lamp shade and candle holders on top to make the illusion of a flower. I placed a solar light minus the stem in the center of the flower.

Solar Owl –

I found this owl on clearance at Walmart and I had to add a solar light in a ball jar to the center of him.

Dish Flowers

I used E6000 to glue some dishes together and let that dry. I then glued the dishes onto a bent stainless fork handle and staked it into the ground. I have also glued them to broken solar lights, bent spoons, etc. You can find the full tutorial here – Garden Flowers Made From Dishes

Here is the full display of my dish flowers complete with a pouring copper tea kettle on a Shepard hook. The other flowers are copper pipe that I cut into different lengths and placed glass door know handles into them.

Pouring Watering Can –

I placed a galvanized watering can onto a small Dollar Tree Shepard hook. I then clipped on beads to the spout for the pouring illusion. You can find the full tutorial here – Watering Can Yard Decor

Tea Cup Bird Feeder

I found this broken candle holder minus the glass at a thrift store. I E6000 3 tea cup/punch cups into the holes and let that dry. I then filled them with bird seed and water. You can find the full tutorial here – Candle Holder to Tea Cup Holder – 3 Options

Pumpkin Solar Light –

This is a glass pumpkin that I found at a thrift store. I added a cylinder vase from Dollar Tree to the center and added a solar light to the top of it. You can find the full tutorial here – Pumpkin Candle Holder Upcycles

Cinder block Bench

We placed 3 cinder blocks on either side, and slid in 4×4 wood that we treated with polyurethane to create a bench.

Dish Angel –

I E6000 different dishes, vases, and candle holders to create a dish angel. You can find the full tutorial here – Easy Light Up Dish Angel

Table Top Gazing Ball/Garden Globe

I hot glued dollar store rocks on a dollar store vase/candle holder. After all of the rocks were in place I E6000 glued between all of the rocks to make sure they’d stick in the fluctuating temperatures outside. I let that dry completely. I placed it upside down on a flat pillar candle holder base. You can add a light inside and it’s absolutely beautiful. You can find the full tutorial here – Table Top Gazing Ball/Garden Globe

Garden Noise Makers –

Get rid of critters by hanging things that make noise in your garden. I strung together mini terra cotta pots on a string to create a windchime. I hung a ladle on on a Shepard hook that clangs with the breeze.  You can find more here – Keep Pests Out Of Your Garden

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  1. These are such simple and unique ideas for outdoors. I can’t decide which is a favorite, the owl or the pumpkin. The light up owl is perfect for the shortening days of fall. Great ideas Chas

    1. Thank you so much Leanna, I get kind of addicted to make all of these easy things – especially with solar lights.

  2. These are all so great Chas! I’ve wanted to make one of those watering can decorations for awhile now, I definitely need to get that on my summer to do list!

    1. Thanks Tarah and I’ve had the watering can one for at least 4 or more years – the galvanized material holds up well as I’m sure you know from the farm.

  3. I love all of your fun decorations, Chas! I’m still watching garage sales for a watering can. LOL Soon the perfect one will pop up!

    1. Thank you Linda and I truly hope you can find one – I know you’ve been looking for awhile. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you πŸ™‚

  4. Wow some very interesting and creative ideas. My garden needs some brightening up. I really like the owl idea. #sensisal

    1. Thank you so much Marian and I love that owl too πŸ™‚ Love the way he lights up at night.

  5. So many cool ideas! I have a slight obsession with owls, so that one really stood out to me! Great upcycles!

    1. Thank you so much Michelle, it is one of my favorite pieces too.

  6. I love all of your garden ideas! Repurposing is fun and a great way to reduce waste.

    1. Thank you so very much Cindy, you are so right. It’s so fulfilling to use something again instead of throw it away.

    1. Thank you so much Cherryl, and I love that one too and he lights up at night which I love.

  7. Visiting from Michelle’s Bijou Bead Boutique Link Party #17, this is just outstanding what you have done with DIY backyard solar lights. I can imagine that your yard is a festival night garden! My favs are the solar flowers, door knobs on posts, the tabletop gazing ball, the bird feeder and the garden noise-makers.

    Sandi
    Artsy Craftery Studio

    1. You are so incredibly sweet Sandi, thank you so very much. Thanks for sharing your favorites and my kids joke they’re going to start wearing sunglasses at night because of all the solar lights πŸ˜‰

  8. I love these ideas! It is amazing what you can do with a thrift store find and a solar light and a bit of creativity!

    1. Thank you so much Michelle – it’s so much fun to create things, you are so right!

  9. Julie Briones says:

    Super cute water can decor, Chas! So glad to have you at Tuesday Turn About!

    1. Thank you so much Julie – thanks for a great party and see you at the next one.

  10. Thank you for sharing on the Classy Flamingos. Love the owl. blog.poinsettiadr.com

    1. Thank you so much Linda, see you at the next one πŸ™‚

  11. Marilyn Lesniak says:

    Thank you for sharing at #ThursdayFavoriteThings. Pinned and shared.

    1. Thank you so much Marilyn, I truly appreciate it πŸ™‚

  12. What a bunch of fun of fun ideas! Thanks for linking up to Creative Compulsions!

    1. Thank you and thanks for the fun party, see you at the next one.

  13. Love all of your decor ideas! I especially love that pumpkin solar lamp – I never seem to find things that pretty at my thrift store! Thanks for sharing with us at The Blogger’s Pit Stop!

    1. Thank you Roseann, I have found that sometimes I don’t have the best luck near me but when I got on trips that we drive to is when I find things like that pumpkin. It’s the charity thrift stores that are some of the best.

  14. Lots of ideas for outdoor decorating. Love them all! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you so much Marilyn, and thank you for a wonderful party. Have a great weekend and I’ll see you at the next party.

  15. So many nice ideas, they add some much interest to your garden.

    1. Thank you so much Julie, it has been fun creating things for our outdoor space.

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