I love pretty flowers! But I don’t have much of a green thumb when it comes to actually growing them. This fun upcycled flower garden – made from items I found at my local Goodwill store – adds a bit of color to a blah corner of my yard.
And the best part is … I don’t have to remember to water them!
Goodwill is my go-to store for quirky itemsI can upcycle to brighten up my outdoor space. My upcycled flower garden idea sprouted when I found this stack of plastic chip-and-dip containers in the Housewares section. They looked like flowers to me.
I found a few other items, including a set of plastic hot dog baskets that looked like petals, a big blue colander that looked like a bud, and a heart-shaped tray that just looked like fun. (Every garden needs a little love!) I spread them all out on the floor at Goodwill to see how they looked together. My upcycled flower garden idea had taken root.
To plant my upcycled flower garden, I drilled a small pilot hole in the center of each tray being careful not to crack the plastic. Then I screwed everything to my wooden fence. When choosing items for the flowers, look for softer plastic that won’t crack when you drill it.
I cut up an old green garden hose and stapled the pieces onto the fence for the flower stems and leaves, an idea I found on Pinterest.
One thing I discovered was that the rubber hose was too thick for my staples to shoot through. So I cut a little “notch” reduce the thickness on the ends so I could flatten that section of hose and staple it in place.
Thanks to Goodwill, my upcycled flower garden is blooming — even on the hottest summer days!
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