6 Ways to Liven Up Your Garden with Old Junk

6 Ways to Liven Up Your Garden with Old Junk

Gardening can be an expensive hobby to pursue. All the tools, plants and decorations cost a pretty penny. And in order to keep your garden in proper shape, you’ll have to invest a lot of time and energy. There is, however, a creative, cheap and environmentally friendly way of cutting your costs while simultaneously adding character to your garden and turning it into a unique and fascinating place. Why buy new decorations if you can recycle some old junk you keep in the attic or bought at a flea market? Give your garden that warm, personal feel you will never be able to achieve with ready-made accessories. Here are a few tips on how to do it and where to look for inspiration:

1. Doors and Windows

What can be more unsightly than old doors and windows that are too battered to be used for their primary purpose? With a little love and ingenuity, however, they can be turned into practically anything: trellises, garden dividers, hanging decorations, potting benches, fences, garden arbors, anything that is practical and beautifies your garden space. If approached carefully, door and window refashioning can become an integral part of your own unique garden design.



    2. Footwear

    Next time you wear out your shoes, don’t throw them out. They can still serve you for years to come, although not in the same quality. They will make excellent garden planters. It is especially true for old wellington boots. Even after holes make them unfit for wearing, they remain sturdy and can serve as an unusual and eye catching decoration for your garden.


      3. Glass Bottles

      Even if you do not tend to look for answers in bottles, they can still serve as an endless source of creative ideas for your garden. They may be crushed and embedded in stepping stones or composed in a mosaic. They can be used whole as material for a short fence edging a walkway, or you can build full-scale walls with them.



        4. Bathtubs and Sinks

        One of the most trendy approaches right now is to put an old bathtub or a sink basin in your garden and use it as a planter. It makes for a really weird yet unique look. With the right surroundings and proper placement, you can make it stylistically appropriate for almost any setting.



          5. Any Odds and Ends

          Do you have some funny little things you have no use for but don’t want to throw away? Set them into cement on your garden path so that they can always be in sight!


            6. When Short on Ideas – Go to Pinterest

            Millions of people use Pinterest to share the results of their creative work, ideas or just something interesting they saw on the way to work. Sign up for some boards dedicated to gardening or recycled garden ideas and get all the inspiration you may need. In addition to receiving new ideas, you will be able to immediately see how it looks when already implemented, air your opinions and get in touch with people who share your interests. You can view an extremely descriptive infographic about gardening here:



              Although using old and seemingly useless junk can be the basis for excellent design ideas, don’t think that the very fact that it is a part of your garden magically turns it into something ingenious and creative. Upcycled or recycled items are just tools. Like anything else, they can be used effectively or ineffectively. So if you don’t have any experience in garden refashion, it is best to ask somebody who does for advice. But if you employ common sense and consider any idea carefully, you will have a great gardening experience.

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              10 Small Changes To Make Your House Feel Like A Home

              10 Small Changes To Make Your House Feel Like A Home

              Your house is more than just a building that you live in. It should be a home that makes you feel welcome as soon as you open the front door.

              Making your house feel like a home is not something that simply happens on its own. You need to make some changes to a house when you move in, to give it that cozy, warm feeling that turns it into a true home. To help you speed the process, follow this guide to 10 small changes to make your house feel like a home.

              1. Make the Windows Your Own

              When you move into a home, they often come with boring Venetian blinds or less than attractive curtains.

              One of the best ways you can instantly warm your home and make it showcase your style is to add some new window dressing. Adding beautiful curtains not only improves your home’s appearance, but it can also help to control the temperature.

              2. Put up Some Art

              If you have a lot of bare walls in your home, it will seem sterile no matter how beautiful your paint or wallpaper is.


              Hanging art on the walls will instantly give it personality and make it feel like home.

              3. Improve the Aroma

              A house that is not filled with inviting smells will never feel like a home. There are loads of ways you can make your home smell nice. There are tons of air fresheners on the market you can use.

              Incense and scented candles are a nice option as well. Don’t forget that baking in a home is also a great way to fill it with an aroma that instantly smells like home as soon as you open the front door.

              4. Put out Lots of Pillows and Throws

              A great way to make your home look warm and inviting is to place lots of pillows and throws out on the furniture. It is much better to have too many pillows than not enough.

              There is nothing like the feeling of sinking into a cushiony pillow that feels like a cloud to make you feel like you are at home.


              5. Instantly Class up Your Closet

              If your closet is filled with wire or plastic hangers, it will never truly feel homey. To instantly make your closet feel classy, change out your old hangers for wooden ones.

              Not only do they look great, but they are better for hanging your clothes as well.

              6. Improve Your Air Quality

              One of the most overlooked ways to make your house feel more like a home is to improve its air quality.

              The easiest and best way to upgrade the air quality in your home is to change the old, dirty filters in your furnace regularly. Get some air filters delivered to your home so that you always have some on hand.

              7. Fill it with Plants

              Another way to improve the air quality in your home is to fill it with plants. You should have plants in every room of your home.


              They help to improve the air quality and they look beautiful. As well as making your home appear homier, plants also help to boost your mood and lower your stress levels.

              8. Change the Doorknobs

              Most people don’t really give their doorknobs a second thought unless they are broken. That is a shame because changing your doorknobs is an easy way to add personality to your home.

              Changing your old, boring doorknobs to new ones that are works of art will instantly brighten your home.

              9. Upgrade Your Tub or Shower

              There is nothing like luxuriating in a whirlpool bath or steam shower to make the cares of the day melt away. Your family deserves a bit of luxury when they are in their bathroom.

              Install a new shower or tub today to make your bathroom worthy of a place in your home.


              10. Fresh Cut Flowers

              You can make any room in your house feel homier by placing a vase full of beautiful flowers in it. The gorgeous look and intoxicating aroma of fresh cut flowers will immediately brighten your day when you encounter them.

              You don’t have to make all these changes at once. Try one or two a day though, and your house will feel like a home before you know it. The trick is to constantly keep adding these homey touches to make your home a place worthy of its name.

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