From the Thrift Store to Your Garden: Low-Cost Outdoor Project Ideas

updated May 3, 2019
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There’s really no need to spend big bucks on garden decor. Look around the house or scour places like Goodwill and flea markets for common items you can turn into planters, feeders, furniture, and decorations on the cheap.

Above, this mid-century modern style bird bath from The Red Jet was created with the legs of one of those round plywood decorators tables and an inexpensive bowl —both of which are easily found at Goodwill.

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Find a good place to hang a fabric shoe organizer and you get yourself a vertical garden. Just poke some holes for water drainage! Via SFGate.

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These concrete garden globes were made with old glass light domes, which served as a mold for The Garden Glove to use.

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HGTV shared this bird feeder that was cobbled together with a painted pie plate, stainless steel bowl, and some hardware.

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If you have an old outdoor table, and can buy up some mismatched ceramic plates, you have the makings for a mosaic table similar to Kreeta’s.

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There is an endless supply of filing cabinets at places like the ReStore and St. Vincent de Paul. Snap some up and turn them into large rectangular planters.

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Stick a finial on top of a stake or metal rod and use it as a hose guide in the garden. A Cultivated Nest used a doorknob here, but finials work just fine too.