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15 Whimsical DIY Garden Projects

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There are so many practical reasons to grow a garden. Whether you are growing food for your family, growing milkweed to help the Monarch butterflies, or providing local pollinators with tasty food, there are plenty of serious reasons to grow a garden.

But gardens can also be a lot of fun. Surrounding yourself with your favorite beautiful plants is as important to your psyche as tomatoes are for your body. And every gardener knows that no matter what plants you grow – the longer you do it, the more magical your garden space becomes. Especially when you allow some room for whimsy!

I’ve gathered together some great ideas for adding a touch of whimsy to your garden. From sparkly beads that catch the sunlight to fun and decorative planters you can fill with all your rooted friends, you’ll love some of these creative ideas.

One of my favorite projects is the little gnome door. It’s a great way to let your cute little magical friends know that they are welcome in your garden. With any luck, they might even help you water!

15 Fun DIY Crafts For Your Garden

1. Watering Can Planter

Do you have an old watering can that no longer holds water? Turn it into a lovely planter! Just fill the bottom with some stones for drainage, then soil, and add a potted plant.

The garden is the perfect place to get whimsical and create fun focal points but you don't have to spend a bundle. Try these 15 DIY garden projects that use items you probably already have around your home. They will make you smile all summer long!

2. Recycled Shoe Planters

Don’t throw those old shoes out! This craft is perfect for boots. And the more distressed and aged they get from the elements outside, the better they look.

The garden is the perfect place to get whimsical and create fun focal points but you don't have to spend a bundle. Try these 15 DIY garden projects that use items you probably already have around your home. They will make you smile all summer long!
Recycled Shoe Planters – The Gardening Cook

3. Painted Hanging Tire Planter

What a perfect way to upcycle tires! Or maybe you have a tire swing that the children no longer use. With a little bit of paint and the addition of hanging flowers, this craft project makes a lovely focal point for any garden.

The garden is the perfect place to get whimsical and create fun focal points but you don't have to spend a bundle. Try these 15 DIY garden projects that use items you probably already have around your home. They will make you smile all summer long!
DIY Painted Hanging Tire Planter – Creative Green Living

4. Painted Stone Garden Markers

This is such a fun project to do with the grandkids. Instead of using boring garden markers from the nursery, make these and use them to label your garden when planting seeds this spring.

5. Garden Stakes

Easily add more colour to any garden with these DIY garden stakes. Especially beautiful in spring before your flowers begin to bloom or in gardens that have a lot of greenery.

The garden is the perfect place to get whimsical and create fun focal points but you don't have to spend a bundle. Try these 15 DIY garden projects that use items you probably already have around your home. They will make you smile all summer long!
Decorative Garden Stakes – Crafts by Amanda

6. Gnome Door

Make your garden magical with this gnome door! So cute and fun!

The garden is the perfect place to get whimsical and create fun focal points but you don't have to spend a bundle. Try these 15 DIY garden projects that use items you probably already have around your home. They will make you smile all summer long!
Create a Gnome Door – Dream a Little Bigger

7. Flowers Out Of Bottle Caps

I love projects that upcycle. Don’t throw those old bottle caps out. Make these beautiful flowers that bloom all year!

The garden is the perfect place to get whimsical and create fun focal points but you don't have to spend a bundle. Try these 15 DIY garden projects that use items you probably already have around your home. They will make you smile all summer long!
Make Flowers Out of Bottle Caps – Suburbia Unwrapped

8. Whimsical Toadstools

The next time you go to prune your trees and shrubs from your garden, keep the stumps and turn them into these whimsical toadstools. The tops are painted, wooden salad bowls! I bet you could easily pick some up at a yard sale for cheap.

9. Garden Fountain

No garden is complete without a water feature. But they can be so expensive to buy ready made. Make your own garden fountain for a fraction of the cost. You can also finally have a use for all of the stones you have collected the last time you went to the beach.

The garden is the perfect place to get whimsical and create fun focal points but you don't have to spend a bundle. Try these 15 DIY garden projects that use items you probably already have around your home. They will make you smile all summer long!
DIY Garden Fountain – That’s What Che Said

10. Distressed Garden Sign

Garden signs are a great way to bring a little whimsy into your gardens. The more distressed and weathered they get, the better they look. I am sure you have some wood scraps left over from an old project that would be perfect for this DIY Garden craft.

The garden is the perfect place to get whimsical and create fun focal points but you don't have to spend a bundle. Try these 15 DIY garden projects that use items you probably already have around your home. They will make you smile all summer long!
Distressed Garden Sign – Crafts By Amanda

11. Garden Markers From Tin Can Lids

Here is another upcycle project that adds colour and flair to your potted plants or garden beds. Don’t be afraid to go wild with colour! You don’t need a lot of paint to complete this project. Use paint you have leftover, or go to the dollar store and pick up a paint by number set that includes paints. Then use a marker to add a message.

The garden is the perfect place to get whimsical and create fun focal points but you don't have to spend a bundle. Try these 15 DIY garden projects that use items you probably already have around your home. They will make you smile all summer long!
Garden Markers Made From Tin Can Lids – Creative Green Living

12. Simple Cookie Cutter Bird Feeder

Here is a great DIY craft that will encourage more birds to visit your garden. Put these feeders where you can see them from inside your home so that you can enjoy bird watching while they are feeding.

13. DIY Birdhouse With Pretty Penny Roof

Pennies are no longer used here in Canada but that doesn’t mean I don’t have a few still hanging around in the bottom of my purse! The DIY garden craft is perfect for those leftovers, plus pennies look awesome when they are aged outside!

The garden is the perfect place to get whimsical and create fun focal points but you don't have to spend a bundle. Try these 15 DIY garden projects that use items you probably already have around your home. They will make you smile all summer long!
DIY Birdhouse With a Pretty Penny Roof – Dream a Little Bigger

14. DIY Gourd Birdhouses

How fun are these birdhouses?! You can get super creative and it is also another project that is easy to do when the grandkids visit. They will love seeing their art hanging in your garden.

The garden is the perfect place to get whimsical and create fun focal points but you don't have to spend a bundle. Try these 15 DIY garden projects that use items you probably already have around your home. They will make you smile all summer long!
DIY Gourd Birdhouses – Happiness is Homemade

15. Teapot Birdhouse

Who doesn’t have an old teapot and cup and saucer in their kitchen cupboard? I love that the teapot acts as a birdhouse while you can fill the cup with birdseed. This DIY project is sure to see lots of action!

The garden is the perfect place to get whimsical and create fun focal points but you don't have to spend a bundle. Try these 15 DIY garden projects that use items you probably already have around your home. They will make you smile all summer long!

The garden is the perfect place to get whimsical and create fun focal points but you don’t have to spend a bundle. These DIY garden project crafts use items you probably already have! Add some of these to your garden this spring and they will make you smile all summer long.

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