Painted Stone Garden Markers
A bit of paint and a dollop of artistry can turn ordinary rocks into charming plant markers for your garden. This project is so simple and quick, you can easily paint one for every variety of vegetable in your garden.
Etsy via DellaBeDesigns
Rock Art Cacti
Cacti are already pretty low maintenance plants, but painted rock cacti require even less care, and they won’t prick you with spines! Paint a few appropriately shaped backyard rocks to look like cacti, then place them in containers to create arrangements that will look great and last for years.
Etsy via Customizedboxes
Terra-Cotta Pot Heaters
Leaf Print Stepping Stones
Concrete stepping stones are easy garden DIY projects. Decorate them with natural imprints by laying large leaves on top of your concrete mold, then weighing them down with stones to add pressure as the concrete cures. Once the concrete is set, remove the leaves to reveal a truly organic design.
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Dandelion Fabric Dye
While you may not like to see dandelions popping up on your lawn or in your flower beds, they do give you a chance to take advantage of the weeds' DIY potential. Their bright yellow flower heads can be turned into a natural dye for fabric.
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Feathers for Marbleizing
Marbleizing painting techniques can give you the look of stone countertops without the price tag. Feathers are best for adding delicate marble lines to your faux finishing project. And you can often find them just outside your door, especially during spring and fall, when birds are migrating.
Pine Cone Garlands
Pine cones add a natural, rustic texture to seasonal home decor and offer a low-cost alternative to the traditional evergreen garland. When making your own from pine cones in your backyard, be sure to briefly bake the cones in a warm oven to kill any bugs before they can take up residence in your home.
Etsy via ClubBotanic
Twigged Picture Frames
Add some twigs from the backyard to a picture frame to make a beautiful and budget-friendly decorative item. For a more rustic look, leave the twigs bare and natural, or give them a quick coat of paint so they'll match your room's color scheme.
Etsy via DellaBeDesigns
Stump Stools and Side Tables
If you’ve cut down some landscaping trees, don’t chip up the stumps just yet! That valuable wood can be repurposed for stools and tables, both in the house and outside.
Etsy via bamboobg
Logs, both large and small, can be hollowed out and used as planters. Whether you plant flowers, herbs, or other greenery, you'll create a focal point and a conversation piece all at once.
Pebbles have been used in mosaics for thousands of years. Take a page from the ancients' playbook and create your own mosaic with pebbles you’ve found on your property. Whether you make something practical or purely decorative, a pebble mosaic will be a unique and artful addition to your indoor or outdoor spaces.
Want a wintertime wreath without a trip to the Christmas tree farm? Head out after Thanksgiving dinner to do a bit of pruning on your evergreens. Fix the branches to a wreath form with floral wire (both available at most craft stores), and you’ll have a handcrafted seasonal wreath for your door.
You need step no further than your back porch to shop for project materials.
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