3 yard decorations made with junk

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
  • string
  • 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


  • string
  • 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
  • ruler
  • towel
  • 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

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