Repurpose Vintage Finds for the Garden

Readying your outdoor areas for the summer season? Think about using salvaged items to enliven your gardens, porch or patio.

Warm weather is here, and we’re all eager to start enjoying our gardens and outdoor living areas. And, of course, that means a little decorating of those spaces is in order.

Gardening enthusiast Lora Bloomquist lives near Minneapolis, Minnesota, and writes the Create & Ponder blog, where she inspires and encourages others to live creatively. Here, she shares five ideas to freshen up your outdoor areas using vintage or repurposed items:

Tuck a weathered ladder into a slim vertical space. From the rungs, hang galvanized pails bursting with faux or real flowers, a simply embellished wreath, patina-rich tools, or even interesting wheels. “Outdoors is a much larger decorating canvas than indoors, so you can have fun with larger-scaled salvaged finds,” Lora states.

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Use a discarded garden gate as a textural backdrop. Attach woven baskets and fill them with greenery. “Whether it’s the wall of your house, garage or shed, your view will be much more pleasing with vintage art,” Lora notes. Click here for larger image
Assemble decorative vignettes with any unique salvage. Lora created a hanging shelf from an old stovetop discarded curbside. She added a wood base and trimmed the edge with wire garden edging that provides an interesting visual touch. The sweet DIY shelf, hung over a small table, lends a casual potting-shed look to her porch. A retired enamel teapot becomes a cheery vase for lilac cuttings. “My philosophy is that the parts can be more interesting than the whole,” she says. “See the potential!” Click here for larger image
Enclose a potted plant with a found birdcage. This rusty wire design makes a lovely, unexpected addition to multihued flowers. “Just like the cherry on top of a hot fudge sundae, a vintage find can top off an outdoor container plant beautifully,” Lora explains. “You can plant a trailing vine to grow up and around it, or leave it plain.” Click here for larger image

To see more of Lora’s ideas, visit her blog, or follow her on Facebook or Instagram.

Photographed and Styled by Lora Bloomquist

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