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Spring is finally here, teasing us with a few weeks of bright, balmy outdoor weather. When it inevitably starts raining again for a month or two, why not spend the time checking out our curated list of budget-friendly, DIY garden features? Guaranteed not to break the bank, try any or all of these to add beauty and personality to your garden this spring and for years to come.
When it comes to planters for your garden, the sky really is the limit. From tin cans to tires, old boots or even an old chair or rain gutter, your garden planters can be as unique as you are. As you’re picking out flowers for your garden this spring, start thinking about fun ways to showcase them.
Easy DIY Craft Tin Can Planters via Homedit
DIY Rain Gutter Garden via Easy Vertical Gardening
DIY Tire Flower Planter Projects via DIY ShowOff
Straw Bale Gardening
It might surprise you, but straw bales are good for so much more than garden walls or county fair decorations. Seeds and starts can be planted directly into the straw, which provides warmth as well as a place to sink their roots into. After a year or two, clean up is easy, just throw them directly into the compost pile and start anew. Even better, you may be able to support a local farm, which often have straw bales available for sale if not free.
How to Start a Straw Bale Garden via The Spruce
A Beginner’s Guide to Straw Bale Gardening via Martha Stewert
The 12 Best Plants for Straw Bale Gardening via Insteading
DIY Bird Feeders
From pine cones to wine bottles, bird feeders are a classic DIY staple for all ages. Make sure to hang yours up somewhere high enough from the ground to avoid predators, and maybe take up a new hobby and do some bird watching.
DIY Pine Cone Bird Feeders via The Spruce
How to Make a Wine Bottle Bird Feeder via Down Home Inspiration
How to Make a Bird Buffet From Your Unused Dishware via Sierra
DIY Seating from Recycled Materials
Whether you’re using reclaimed wood or furniture, some old cinder blocks, or something more unique, outdoor seating is an absolute must. Make the most of your garden or landscape by creating some benches or even a table, and enjoy the great outdoors in comfort and style.
Scaffolding Board Bench via Pillar Box Blue
How To Make A Cinder Block Bench via Somewhat Simple
Plastic Bottle Chair via Instructables
Hang Some DIY Lanterns
One of the quickest ways to add a little warmth and magic to any space is to spruce up the lighting. With the advent of battery (and solar!) powered LEDs, DIY solutions for outdoor lighting have gotten even safer and easier. Check out our favorite materials, build yourself some garden lanterns, and light up your life just a little bit more.
How to Make Decorative Lanterns From Dollar Store Picture Frames via HGTV
Homemade Gifts – Tin Can Lanterns via Kids Craft Room
Pretty & Inexpensive Paper Lantern Craft via Dream Home Decorating
We don’t know about you, but just the sound of some light, tinkling wind chimes makes us think about how nice it is to spend time out in our yards and gardens. Beautiful both visually and audibly, DIY wind chimes can be made from an amazing variety of materials.
Easy Copper Tubing Wind Chime via Instructables
DIY Driftwood Wind Chime via Going Home to Roost
Chain Heart Valentine’s Wind Chime via Instructables
DIY Fire Pit
What better way to enjoy your beautiful garden than around a toasty fire pit? Whether you’re hosting a social gathering, catching up with family, or just getting in some much-needed you-time, check out these tutorials for safe and gorgeous outdoor fire pits that can be enjoyed year-round.
How To Build An Amazing DIY Fire Pit via Old World Garden Farms
How to Build a DIY Fire Pit for Only $60 via Keeping It Simple