10 Free Resources For Garden DIY & Upcycling Inspiration

Ann Smarty 12-09-2011

We have covered a few very useful free gardening tools and apps so far including a helpful guide on starting a garden with the help of the Internet How to Start a Garden With the Help of the Internet Read More and identifying plant diseases.


If you love gardening and like making things with your own hands, today’s collection is right for you!

This post shares ten most useful resources that will get you inspired and your creativity flowing: they share fun and unique ideas on how to turn trash into gardening gold!

 Instructables / Indoor Gardening

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The section features more than 20 DIY projects by gardening experts. Find out how to grow your own herb garden and start seedlings indoors.

Favorite projects: iPlanter, an upside down planter made from the old plastic bag, and Fern Nursery, a green way to recycle a tennis ball container into an in-house garden on your windowsill.


Gardener’s World / Creative Projects

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The best thing about the site is that each project has a detailed step-by-step guide on how to implement each idea.

Favorite project: Build a bug box (or bee hotel) and have fun watching bees come to live there (quite an unexpected project for gardeners as they usually get annoyed by bugs, but what a neat idea!)

 DIY Gadgets / Gardening

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DIY gadgets blog features most interesting upcycling ideas on how to turn trash into useful things. Not all of the ideas have detailed instructions linked to but the resource can be a powerful source of creative DIY inspiration.

Favorite projects: light bulb into a mini green house and skateboard table.

Lonely Plants / DIY

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This page features quite a few creative DIY gardening ideas to keep you busy for the whole year.


Favorite projects: DIY Hanging Garden to decorate your patio or balcony and DIY Bamboo Water Hammer to create a cool-looking stylish garden fountain.

Neat Ideas / Gardening

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The gardening section of the “Neat Ideas” site is goldmine of creative DIY hacks: from watering plants (while you are away) to breathing a new life into old used tools. There are no step-by-step guides on realizing the ideas but they are great for inspiration!

Favorite projects: There are plenty of useful ideas on how to upcycle a used plastic bottle into useful stuff like Watering Spikes and Bird Feeder.


Life on the Balcony / Container Gardening

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Looks like the blog hasn’t been updated for some time but its collections of links features so many DIY container gardening tips that it is still worth checking.

Favorite projects: DIY garden-inspired gift ideas that really prove the fact that the best present is one made with your own hands.

28 Upcycles for the Garden

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The collection of useful ideas from an 8-year gardener on how to upcycle 28 (or more) everyday household items for gardening.

Favorite projects: Styrofoam cups with lids can be upcycled as micro green houses for seed starting and transplanting seedlings.

Re-Nest / Gardening

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The collection [Broken URL Removed] of DIY and how-to gardening tips created by Re-Nest editors features a few gardening tips a day!

Favorite project: a recycled plastic bottle vertical garden, an inexpensive small space solution for growing herbs and spices.

Upcycled Garden

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The category lists not many DIY gardening projects but the collection is really high-quality.

Favorite projects: Boot Tray, a practical and nice way to keep all the dirt from the garden boots inside (the idea looks similar to this stone bath mat by the way) and light bulb vases (hanging mini vases that would look great in any interior)

Recycled Garden Planters

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The awesome collection [Broken URL Removed] of various ways to create unique garden planters by Recycle Scene [Broken URL Removed] (no instructions available but you are unlikely to need one for most of the ideas).

Favorite projects: Guitar planter and Shoe Planter.

Do you feel inspired? Please share your favorite DIY gardening projects in the comments!

Image Credit:cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by girlingearstudio

Related topics: Green Technology, Recycling.

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  1. Warrior Eco Power Equipment
    April 21, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    I love the guitar plant holder, trouble is finding one that isn't worth restoring in its own right!..However I have plenty of old shoes lying about to use :)

  2. Goodfella
    September 13, 2011 at 11:09 am

    I really like the wall of bottles that would look great with some bromeliads. I don't get the iplanter, surely the plant is going to grow up around the pot not hang down like the picture shows

    • James Bruce
      September 15, 2011 at 5:18 pm

      I was just about to say the same thing. That wall is awesome, and begging to be done, particular in my tiny limited garden

      • Tina
        October 21, 2011 at 8:00 pm

        Soooo...have you done it?

        • James Bruce
          October 24, 2011 at 7:56 am

          Actually no, I decided to fill the space by the side of the wall with some chickens instead. 3 eggs a day and lovely little pets! ;P

    • Aibek
      September 19, 2011 at 9:13 am

      yep, that one looks reaaaly nice