Décor With Old Stuff and Antiques
Are your annuals,
perennials and vegetable seeds growing? Here are some
green thumb ideas on how to DECORATE and USE older items
in your gardens. Some of my ideas are useful and some
ideas are whimsical. It’s fun to add something rustic,
a touch of color, a personal theme or just that one
unusual item to your gardens.
These ideas can be
applied to any type of garden: huge/small/lawn, veg/flower/shrubs,
tabletop, patio/deck gardens, or outside your front door
decorations. Items can be nailed or glued to fence
slates or stakes. Items can be inserted between the
greenery directly on the soil both foreground and
background. Use your imagination. I have a 1940’s
washing machine in my garden. Re-purpose and reuse.
Let’s have some fun with
-Nautical theme: Use ½ an old boat horizontal or vertical, a ships wooden steering
wheel, rope, fish decoys, nets, oars, wicker Creels.
-Hunting theme: Use decoys, paint a bulls-eye, display several arrows – grouping items
is a key to theme decor.
Use old dock wood or any “seasoned” wood, drift wood, a
wooden screen door, life preserver, fishing lures, large
ice fishing lures, a grouping of bird houses.
If you collect tobacco tins…nail them on a fence in a
grouping. If you collect beer cans… nail them to
fencing or insert on top of fence posts. They will rust
with time, but it’s fun to show your passion in your
garden. Replace with new tins as needed with weather
More Garden Décor Ideas:
-Make a name plate or
sign using old wood and metal: “Deb’s Daisies”,
“Chives”, “No Weeds Allowed”, “Garden of Eden”. You
can make the letters with paint, nails, studs, old metal
pieces. Use railroad spikes.
-Common but adds a
twist: Milk can or milk stool – décor or planter.
Whicker chair – paint and remove the seat to insert a
pot. Wooden chair of any kind painted. Splash on some
bright paint, re-purpose and add some personality.
-Wooden bench: Keep ¾’s
of the bench to sit on, but remove 2 seating slates to
insert a pot. Or, remove the entire seating area and
use as a planter. A chair can become a planter.
-An old wheel barrel,
plow, sled, barrel, wooden box/crate or wooden pop box,
pail, water can.
-For tabletop: Plant a
flower in a 1950’s china tea cup with saucer under.
This also makes a nice hostess gift. So simple, so
small, so different.
-Crooks – Think both big
size and small. Use a 5 gallon or 20 gallon crook. Use
a 5” x 5” size crook on your patio table.
-Tractor Wheels - Wood
or metal, both last for years and years outdoors.
-- these are “wow” items.
-Old fence pieces -
metal or wood. Any type of old wood such as from a
barn, a floor, window, barrel slats.
-Re-purpose pieces of a
-Use a Hoosier cabinet,
vintage kitchen table or shelf unit as a garden table.
-Wood printer drawers
-Old wooden windows
(with or without the glass)
-Almost anything can
become a planter: An old cracked bowl, a mixing bowl,
crockery pieces, bucket, bath tub, a cowboy boot,
military helmet, ashtray, copper kettle.
Antiques can decorate
any outside area. It’s your yard – make it yours. Use
your passion and collectibles to accent your gardens.
Always, when decorating, keep it safety first -- rough
edges, nails, sharp corners, doors that can close – keep
it safe for your family and guests.