It’s mid-summer, and maybe your garden doesn’t have the life in it that it had a month or two ago, and the garden decorations aren’t exactly inspiring. However, your budget right now just will not stretch to a whole new set of garden furniture with the kids off school and having to keep them entertained for six weeks.
You could risk it and buy new furniture, and hope that the kids don’t want to go to the beach and ride the log flume endlessly, or you could look into some upcycling ideas for the garden. It’s a cheap alternative that can get you and the children working on a project that will keep you busy and give you something to focus on, away from the plants.
If you’ve recently bought a new lawnmower delivered on wood pallets, or your shed is falling apart, the wood could be sanded down, painted and polished, and with a hammer and some nails, you and your children could work together to build a nice bench, to put in a shaded area for them to sit on during the warmest parts of the day.
As a family, you could pop into a few local charity shops to see what bargains you can pick up. Those rusty iron chairs and that worn down table to go with them? A bit of elbow grease, some spray paint and some outdoor cushions could create a chic seating area for when you have a family barbeque.
If you want something smaller in your garden that would be fun for the kids, you could attempt to fashion them a “mud kitchen”, which is essentially a play-station for them to use tools, buckets, dishes, water, stones, or anything they can get their hands on, to play with mud or sand (or even snow in the winter!).
An old bookshelf, desk, or chest of drawers would work really well for this. Cutting some holes in the desk to insert some old pet food dishes, add some hooks to hang some plastic ‘cooking tools’ and attach pipes to some funnels, and voila, a mud kitchen. For this you may need to do some Pinterest and YouTube prep, just to get the feel of the project.
It doesn’t just have to be furniture that is a part of your upcycled garden ideas. Some old wood planks that would just be burnt in the evening, a set of dusty china plant pots you nabbed for free where they’d just been chucked out behind your local garden centre, and some trellis could become an allotment area for your own fruit and veg. You could also get the kids involved to paint road lines on some of the wood planks, or on some old bricks to make a boarder they can play on with their toy cars.
A large empty caged area which once housed chickens could become anything. A good way to make use out of an area like this would be to take into consideration the structure that is already there, or build into or around it with other planks of wood. It could become a play shed for your children, part of their mud kitchen, or you could find some sheeting and make it a greenhouse. Or, you could just tear it down and use the wood framework for something else.
Upcycling isn’t only great for you and your budget, it’s also great for the environment as it means less rubbish is chucked onto landfill sites and less harmful gases are released through burning materials. A good way to find more ideas for upcycling, especially for your garden, is to create a Pinterest board. There’s a wealth of ideas on there. What are your garden upcycle ideas?
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