Don’t toss that broken terracotta pot in the trash! Put your green thumb to the test by recycling items and using them in your garden. Here are the some fantastic examples of trash to treasure crafts to get your backyard summer ready!
Broken Pot Plant Markers
Don’t let a few broken terracotta pots shatter your hopes of a beautiful garden. We’ve all suffered a few accidents with our plant pots - so you’re not alone. But instead of throwing them in the trash, have a think about what other purpose you could give them. If you’re a keen gardener, why not turn them into decorative plant markers? They’re already broken, so that’s the hard part done. All you need to do is label them. Write on the top with a wax pencil or if you’ve got a steady hand, paint on the label. Then just match them up with the corresponding plants and your garden will instantly be dressed up.
Do you believe in fairies? Even if you're a skeptic, we’re sure when you were younger, that you thought you encountered one. Recapture the magic of your childhood and invite these fascinating creatures into your backyard by building them a fairy garden. If you have a pot that’s not too far gone, you can easily arrange it into a fantastically beautiful home for the little people. Fill up your pot with plenty of soil, and arrange your shards any way you like. If you're feeling creative, why not try building a staircase out of the smaller broken pieces? Decorate the soil with pretty plants, cute miniature ornaments and anything else you desire. It’s your fairy garden so let your imagination run wild!
Wine Cork Herb Planters
If you enjoy the odd tipple, you shouldn’t have a problem with this easy trash to treasure project. Just a drink a bottle (or four) of wine and save the corks afterwards. Make sure you’re sober for the next part as you’ll be handling machinery. Drill a hole into the bottom of the corks, and insert metal skewers so you can stand the markers next to the plants. Write your labels onto the corks with a sharpie - and that’s it!
Eggshell Seedling Starters
After making a tasty omelet for breakfast, don't throw out your eggshells! Did you know they making cracking seedling pots? Keep the roots of your plants undisturbed by planting your seeds in soil filled egg shells. Prick a hole in the bottom of each egg, so when you place them in the ground, the roots can easily reach the soil in your backyard. Avoid confusion over which plant is which by delicately labelling each egg - we don’t want them to break! Keep your eggs safe in a carton during the initial growing stages before planting them in the garden - this is especially useful if the weather isn’t delightfully sunny. Ensure the soil is moist by watering them regularly, and prepare to be delighted as you see the first green shoots plants sprouting up.
Soda Bottle Vertical Garden
Keep plastic bottles out of landfills and become an eco warrior by making this stunning vertical garden out of soda bottles. All you need to do is cut out rectangles out of the side of each bottle which are big enough for you to easily pour soil in. Then pierce two holes at the bottom and top of the bottle so you can thread string through the holes. Prevent your plants drowning in water by adding a small hole to the bottom of the bottle, so it can drain. Nail the string to your wall or other chosen structure, and fill up your bottles with soil and seedlings - whether it’s herbs, vegetables or other plants. Now watch them grow!
We all know plants thrive better in fresh, clean rainwater than ‘hard’ tapwater, but in the summer, rainfall can be scarce. Now that it’s spring you should be able to buy a pre-made rain barrel - but why waste your money when you can make one! Keep your plants in tip top condition with just a plastic trash can, faucet and flexible gutter downspout. Cut a hole in the center of your trash can lid big enough for your flexible gutter downspout to fit in. Drill a hole three inches from the bottom of the barrel and screw on the faucet - make sure it’s tightly secured. Finish off by attaching the downspout to the lid and connecting it to your existing gutter. Now just wait for the rain!
Self Watering Glass Planters
Whether drowning the soil until it can’t breathe or leaving it to become as a dry as desert, many of us are unintentional plant serial killers. But this doesn’t have to be the case. Say goodbye to sorrowful crispy leaves and hello to gloriously thriving plants, with self-watering planters! These are incredibly easy to make, and you won’t have to worry about over or under watering them ever again. Cut off the top of a wine bottle - or if you prefer - use a plastic bottle. Invert the top of your bottle and fit into a clear glass jar. The trick to make the plant self watering is the insertion of a piece of string through the bottle. This string absorbs water and draws it up to the neck of bottle, where the soil and seeds will be resting. Finally fill the bottle with soil and plant your herbs - basil and thyme are great choices for cooking.
Milk Jug Watering Can
Don’t fork out for brand new watering cans when you can easily make them out of milk jugs. These are so simple to create - you’ll wonder why you haven’t done this before. Heat the end of a needle for a few seconds and then pierce holes into the lid. Repeat this step until you are satisfied with the amount of holes in the lid. Unlike standard watering cans, you’ll find the water doesn’t leak or drip back down the spout - so no mess! Try out different sized needles to create a finer or heavier spray.
Give your melons the support they need - keep your mind clean, we’re talking about the actual fruit! If you have ever experienced growing melons or even pumpkin for your pumpkin pie, you’ll know they can get extremely heavy. To support their weight, build them a hammock out of old pantyhose. Just tie up each end of the pantyhose so it hangs down like sling, and carefully rest your melon or pumpkin on top.
Rain Gutter Garden
When you live in an urban area with not much backyard space, it can be disheartening when you see huge gardens adorned with beautiful plants. But you don’t need to have a large yard to show off your green thumb. Reuse old guttering to create a vertical garden on your walls. What’s great about this project, is it takes up virtually no floor space, so you could cover all of your walls if desired. Just attach your gutters to the walls and fill them with soil. When it comes to choosing plants, go for small ones that aren’t too heavy. Otherwise you might have to take on another DIY project to repair the fence.