We all know how quickly the costs of landscaping, flowers and plants can add up, so why spend a lot on backyard accessories? This summer, jazz up your yard without spending a cent by decorating with the junk you can find around the house.
Tin Can Bird Feeders
- a clean tin can with the label removed
- paint and brush
- non-toxic glue
- popsicle sticks
Step 1 – Decorate the can with paint and wait for it to dry.
Step 2 – With the can on its side, poke a hole on the side of the can, near the lid. Poke a second hole on along the same vertical line toward the base of the can.
Step 3 – Run the string through one hole and tie a double knot to the end of the string. Using the opposite end of the strong, repeat the same step with the other hole.
Step 4 – Glue the popsicle stick to the can to make a perch.
Key Wind Chimes
- various paint
- 6-8 old keys
- a forearm-length stick
Step 1 – Paint your keys in various colors and let dry.
Step 2 – Cut the string into 6-8 forearm-length pieces.
Step 3 – Tie the string to the ends of the keys and attach to the stick.
Tin Can Lanterns
- clean and label-free tin cans
- hammer and various nails
- scotch tape
- paper and pencil
- tea candle
Step 1 – Draw patterns on a sheet of paper sized to the cans.
Step 2 – Tape the sheet around the can.
Step 3 – Using a towel to steady the can, use the hammer and nail to poke holes along the pattern you have drawn.
Step 4 – place a tea candle in the base of the can and you’re done!
For more DIY ideas, read this post for additional upcycling challenges.
Andrea Hanft is a Public Relations Manager for 1-800-GOT-JUNK? and sister companies WOW 1 DAY PAINTING and You Move Me. Originally from Toronto, Andrea is very happy to be a Vancouver newbie, spending her weekends hiking and exploring the city. You can connect with her via LinkedIn.