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Garden Upcycling on a Budget

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When it comes to your home and garden, it’s important that it’s a place that makes you happy. If your garden doesn’t look the way that you want it to, but you don’t have the budget to spend, then it can be hard to want to spend any time in your garden at all. While landscaping your garden as it turns to autumn is not the best idea, there are little things that you can do to brighten it up.

Take a look at these three different ways to add a little bit of extra happiness to your garden.

DIY Planters

You can use almost anything as planters in your garden. It is therefore completely up to you what you choose. You could go for an industrial look by using old metal tool boxes, or something whimsical by painting chairs in bright colours and planting flowers where the seat should be. The beauty of this is that it is completely tailored to you – because you’re choosing the planter. Whether you go charity shop shopping or you use something that you have already, it’s up to you!

Remember to drill drainage holes in the bottom of whatever your planter is.

Tea Cup Bird Feeders

One of the ways that you can make your garden a place that you can enjoy, is by encouraging wildlife in it. You can do this with plants and flowers, but you can also do it by providing bird seed.

Hanging cups and saucers can make beautiful bird feeders. With the cup sideways, with seed spilling out of the cup on to the saucer, your garden birds can enjoy a tea party as much as you. All you need is a cup and a saucer, super-strong adhesive glue, a hanger or string, and of course, bird seed. Start by making sure your cup and saucer are both clean and dry, then, position your cup on its side on the saucer, with the handle in the air. Squeeze a good amount of glue on to the saucer, and place your cup on to the saucer. Following the glue’s instructions, let it dry and set. Then, hang your new bird feeder on to a tree or the washing line and fill with seed.

This could look incredible if you were to hang many on one tree, or a few dotted around the garden for a more playful style.

Teapot Bird Nest

Continuing on the same theme of a tea party, you can use old teapots as a bird house. Very simply, all you need is a box (you can use an old drawer) and a tea pot. Paint the drawer in a colour of your choice and when the paint is dry, glue the teapot to the inside of the upright drawer. Use wire or twine and loop it through the handle, then push it through the hole where the drawer handle was, to secure it should the tea pot come unglued. Use the tea pot lid as a landing perch on the bottom of the drawer, below the teapot.

Attach it to a tree and you have a fantastic bird house.


While these ideas are only small and inexpensive, they have the potential to make a real difference to your garden and your enjoyment of it. Start work on your garden now, little by little, and by the time spring rolls around again, your garden will be somewhere that you will love to be, and you don’t have to spend a fortune on redoing your garden completely to do it.