Garden Junk

Turn trash into unique one-of-a-kind garden art.

Originally when we started this web site, we were focusing on things we made or grew ourselves. But over the years, I have acquired more and more items that I am putting in the garden as is, or with very little modification and they don't seem to have a place on this web site, but are things we wanted you all to see. So I decided a page dedicated to Garden Junk was in order, to house all the little miscellaneous items that don't have a dedicated page.

Complete instructions on how to make the following projects can be found at the links below.

Garden Junk Spring Display

Garden Junk Fall Display

Turn an old metal display from a store into a great place to display seasonal items and garden junk in your yard. Here are a couple of close-ups of some of my favorite items.

Garden Junk Fal Display  Garden Junk Fall Display

Winter Garden Junk Display

Garden Junk Spheres

These hanging garden spheres were made from the leftover spools from rolls of banding. Gary works in a lumber yard and they use banding to strap things down on pallets for shipping. The hoops already have a hole in them, so he lined up all the holes and put in an eye bolt to connect them, which is perfect for hanging them.

Garden Sphere

After a little while outside, they will rust nicely, but you could keep them shinier longer by sealing them with a spray polyurethane suitable for outdoors, or you could paint them a color of your choice.

I was absolutely thrilled when we found this headboard at a garage sale for $5. It's quite heavy, so I believe it may be enameled iron.

Headboard in the Garden

I've been collecting tea kettles for a couple of months and decided to make a "Tipsy Teapot Totem". Why turn them into a totem, you may ask? I don't know, but I came across the red and blue one at a yard sale and thought they would be so pretty in the garden.

Tipsy Tea Pot Tower

This was basically made the same way as my Tipsy Pots. We pounded in a 1/2" metal rod about 2' into the ground and then just added the pieces as we went along. The bottom kettle is sitting on an upside down clay pot and each kettle rests on the handle of the kettle below it. The handles are wired to the rod for added stability and a tiny plastic clamp is under each pot, although I don't know just how much it is really supporting the pot. The top of the rod is finished off with a glass insulator.

My original thought was to plant the tea kettles, but I have never gotten around to doing that. It looks pretty neat all on it's own.

I'm not sure what this is supposed to be; a planter, stand, or a piece of art. I guess you could use it for anything. For now it's holding one of my bowling ball garden spheres.

Iron Plant Stand

Enamelware hanging on the side of an outbuilding is always nice, in my opinion.

Copper Painted Bowling Ball
Bowling ball art seems to be all the craze on some of the Garden Junk forums I belong to and I can see why. They can be quite addicting. I decided to start off simply by spraying a clean bowling ball with a plastic primer. I cleaned the ball with paint thinner first.

After the primer dried I sprayed on three layers of copper paint, letting each layer dry between coats. Then I sprayed it with three layers of a clear outdoor polyurethane. I do bring it inside for the winter, as some bowling balls can crack. The base in this photo is just an upside down flower pot.

You can view a whole page on how to turn bowling balls into beautiful garden art by clicking here.

These washtubs can be turned into a water feature or used for holding potting soil in a greenhouse or potting shed.

Wash Tubs in the Garden

I made an outdoor sink with mine.

I love Insulators. You can find these pretty inexpensively at flea markets and some garage sales in the country. I have them sitting all over the place in my yard and gardens, on the ledges inside my greenhouse and even used some as edging around a small garden at one time. They look pretty cool dressing up this planter.

Hanging Planter

Hanging macramé planter made from electrical wire. I did not make this. It was given to me one Christmas when I was involved with a secret Santa on a garden junk forum, back in the day. I miss the forums sometimes. It's just not the same on Facebook.

If you have an old coal stoves lying around, they make great planters.

If you decide to fill the stove with soil, it will need to be watered and allowed to settle for a week or so. Water it once a day and allow it to settle. You will most likely need to add more potting soil each day.

Coal Stove Planter Stove Planter

Glass and ceramic insulators from utility poles can be used as decorations in the garden. They can stay out all year long, which makes them especially popular as garden decorations.

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