14 Garden Art Ideas from the Kitchen

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There's Garden Art Hiding in your Kitchen Cupboards

Decluttering your kitchen is an obvious way to free up much-needed space. But instead of sending that box of rubbish to the charity shop, see what you can transform into garden art. Or, what some of us affectionately call garden rubbish. 

Here's 14 ideas to get you started. You could make the items yourself or purchase them ready-made.  

All the supplies are here in the  Garden Art from the Kitchen Collection.
Polka dot teacup planter
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1. Teacup Planter

This stacked planter is made from over-sized polka dot teacups - does anyone really drink from these? - but you could use regular teacups as well.  

The best trick I know is to actually insert small plant containers with drainage holes into the teacups so you don't have to worry about water-logging the plants.
Teapot bird feeder
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2. Teapot Bird Feeder

Attach a teapot to a plate, add some hangers, and you've got a sweet bird feeder. 
Tips:
  • I use GE Silicone II clear sealant as an outdoor adhesive. Make sure you get the waterproof, clear-drying type made for gutters and flashing. 
  • To drill holes in ceramics, use a diamond drill bit and keep the items cool with water while drilling. There are how-to videos online for this process.
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3. Dish and Bottle Decor

This is the oldest trick in the book: use garden rubbish to fill in blank spots in the garden while you're waiting for the plants to grow. 

Here I placed some  blue and white dishes and bottles in a planter until the lobelia filled in. 

Also see  Blue and White Garden Decor Ideas
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4. Kettle Flower Pot

This old kettle has a flower pot inserted inside. It's an easy way to make the garden more interesting. It's a good upcyle for  older kettles that are no longer considered safe or useful in the kitchen. 

Also see How to make gorgeous garden containers
Spoon fish wind chime
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5. Spoon Fishes

To make a spoon fish, you'll need a few basic tools including metal drill bits and a metal hack saw. The fish tails are formed from a specific style of spoon that has a divided handle.  The little notches for mouths add a nice touch.
Spoon plant markers
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6. Spoon Plant Markers

These plant markers are made from old silverware. Start by flattening the spoons. Next, use a metal stamp kit to emboss the plant names into the spoons. These are really cute in potted herb gardens.
Steampunk spoon dog
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7. Spoon Steampunk Dog

If you have simple welding skills, you can make all sorts of metal garden rubbish like this charming steampunk dog. Me? Personally, I don't know how to weld so I attach things with outdoor adhesive or buy ready-made items. 
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8. Chair Planters

Those  old, wooden chairs that are too uncomfortable or rickety can become stars in the garden. Paint them in crisp colours and add plants. The white chair has chicken wire and moss on the seat to form a succulent garden. The yellow chair has a hole cut-out to fit a garden pot. Perfection!

Also see  Succulent Garden Ideas
Junk chimes and bird feeder
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9. Dish and Spoon Wind Chimes

Hang up your unwanted kitchen items! It's easy to turn old dishes and cutlery into wind chimes and bird feeders. If you want them to last a long time outside, use hanging  wire that's 16 gauge or thicker.
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10. Old Junk Fence Art

This is the easiest garden art/rubbish there is: hang up interesting kitchen items on the fence. It's not to everyone's taste ( what is?), but those who love it, love it.
Dish and kitchen utensil flowers
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11. Dish and Cutlery Flowers

Turn old plates and dishes into garden flowers by using cutlery and utensils as leaves. Here, I attached the dishes together using GE Silicone II sealant (waterproof, clear drying, for gutters and flashing). Smaller glass items like pickle dishes are good for the inside of the flowers.
Offer safe nesting materials in a whisk
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12. Whisk Bird Nesting Shop

Use a large kitchen whisk to provide nesting materials for the birds. What's popular? Dog fur! Lots of birds love dog fur to line their nests. Any string-like items should be cut in short 2" pieces to avoid any harm to the birds.
Toadstools made from wooden bowls
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13. Wood Bowl Garden Toadstools

The mushroom tops of these toadstools are painted wooden bowls from the kitchen. Sand and prime the wood, add a coat of red paint, allow to dry, and then dab with white paint for that classic toadstool effect. I used wood branches for the stems and attached everything together with wood screws. The gnome approves.
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14. Wooden Spoon Plant Markers

Easy peasy! Use a Sharpie marker on wooden spoons to create instant plant tags. They're great for keeping track of herbs in containers.  

Also see   DIY Fairy Herb Garden
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Bonus: Kitchen Sink Planters

We cannot discuss garden art from the kitchen without including the kitchen sink. Old sinks are fabulous both as planters and inserts into potting tables. On a related note, I'm also quite smitten with the sink-inspired planters as  pictured above. How sweet are they? 

Also see my collection of kitchen-inspired garden art items: 
Garden Art from the Kitchen Collection 

Time to declutter the kitchen and make some garden art.

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