8 Clever Outdoor Upcycles

There’s nothing quite as fun or satisfying as taking something old or obsolete, and turning it into something amazing. Combine that with a chance to upgrade your outdoors, and you’ve got an incredible weekend activity that will leave your yard beautiful, your wallet untouched, and your household smiling. Check out these creative and unique repurposed outdoor designs, and get some inspiration for your own upscale upcycle.

1. Tomato Cage to Outdoor Chandelier

tomato cage turned into an outdoor chandelier

Rustic Upcycled Outdoor Chandelier via Hometalker Suburble

Take a tomato cage from its usual post as a functional garden tool, and make it into an artistic dream to add whimsy to your garden.

2. Gutter to Garden

gutters used for a vertical garden

Gutter Garden via Hometalker Painted Therapy

The idea behind this upcycle is downright poetic. Turn a gutter into a garden and put that rainwater collector to good use!

3. Antique Serving Set to Birdfeeder

birdfeeder made from antique serving set

Repurposed Silver Platter Bird Feeder via Hometalker Gadget Sponge

Vintage serving sets are, as they say, for the birds. If you’re done dining with it, give your feathered friends a chance to enjoy.

4. Tire to Planter

tire used for wall planter

Tire Planter via Hometalker Recaptured Charm

No idea what to do with your punctured or tread-worn tires? Give them some life — literally! — by upcycling them into planters for your yard, garden, or porch. Stick to ornamentals (rubber is fine to look at, but not to eat!) and be sure to cut some holes for drainage.

5. Chipped Door to Beverage Station

door turned into outdoor beverage station

Upcycled Beverage Station via Hometalker Our Southern Home

This upcycle took some skill, supplies, and elbow grease, but it was well worth it! The door-turned-beverage station will be a great outdoor detail and a fantastic asset at a summer garden party.

6. Shutters to Fence

upcycled shutter fence

Repurposed Shutter Fence via Cottage in the Oaks

There are a surprising number of beautiful and innovative shutter upcycles currently circulating the DIY world, and this one is no exception. Instead of using a standard fence to give your home some friendly privacy, try a wall of tall, solid-colored shutters for a bold and creative twist.

7. Broken Mirror to Fence Mosaic

mirror fence

Mirror Mosaic Fence via Hometalker Cindy S

This magnificent mirror mosaic turns a simple fence into a work of art. The thin reflective slivers make this mosaic look like an intricate wood cut!

8. Old Bike to Planter

pink bike planter

Bike Flower Planter via Hometalker Busy Bee Emily

You can’t talk about cycling without mentioning this incredible bike planter. Bring porch decor up a notch with a quaint bike planter in a solid, bold color. Turn the handlebars, the back seat basket, and even the pedals into lovely burlap-lined wire baskets full of blooms.

Below, find even more ideas for upcycled garden planters, vases and more from DIYNetwork.com.

This guest post comes from our friends at Hometalk. For more ideas on crazy creative upcycling projects, check out Hometalk’s topic page on Repurposing and Upcycling.

25 Responses

  1. new year says:

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  2. I love the door idea. Seems simple enough to bolt on a couple shelves and glasses holders. I think the key with that project would be to prep and finish the door before you put anything on it!

  3. Mika says:

    I really love that pink bike, this would look so cute in my garden full of flowers. regards Mika

  4. Cathy says:

    Now I know what to do with those old bikes my husband can't seem to part with!

  5. Nancy says:

    Sandy said it perfectly! LOVE these ideas! Can't wait to create in our new/old homestead home in Placitas, NM!

  6. Sandy Poole says:

    Wow!…Those are some really cute ideas, I just love all the creativeness in each one…Thanks for sharing.

  7. Jeannie says:


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