Spring is in the air, and it’s time for some de-cluttering. But before you throw out your old or rusty shovels, hoes, rakes, old faucets, or gardening hand tools, you might want to check out these awesome creations. We love the idea of turning something old and used into new and useful. Here are some of our favorite garden themed ideas:
1. Recycle Garden Tools for Garden Gates
Garden Tool Gate
You don’t have to be a professional artisan to create a notable first impression in your garden. We love this welcoming gate built from used garden tools. The idea requires long handled gardening tools, such as shovels, rakes, and a pick axe. The outcome is truly a work of art that evokes the sense of sculpture with purpose.
2. Recycle Garden Tools for Hangers and Racks
Leaf Rake Photo Display
This old leaf rake has been put to clever use displaying heirloom photos. The photos are attached using antiquated clothespins. This is an especially inventive way to represent the personality of a gardener.
Vintage Rake Key Rack
We love the practical use of hanging keys on an old gardening rake head. This idea adds an interesting creative touch in a garage or shed where keys to the tractor or lawn mower might be stored. Or use it inside to store all of your keys- from house to car to toys!
Iron Hand Cultivator Rack
For a hanging rack with a true farmhouse feel, try using a hand cultivator. The tines of the hand cultivator can accommodate towels, jackets, or even jewelry.
3. Recycle Wagons and Wheelbarrows into Planters and Firepits
There’s just something all-American and nostalgic about Radio Flyer wagons. If you have one sitting around unused because you just don’t want to part with it, here’s a lovely repurpose for it. Load your wagon up with some high quality soil and plant a flower or an herb garden in it. The fresh growth brings life back to the old-fashioned toy. It’s a delight to for the young and for the young at heart.
Antique Wheelbarrow Firepit
An old antique wheelbarrow transformed into a firepit makes an interesting and unique way to use something old that might otherwise just sit. Create your wheelbarrow firepit with safety in mind. Park your cool firepit on bricks, stone or concrete away from trees or other potential flammables.
4. Recycle Garden Hand Tools for Door and Drawer Pulls
Potting Bench with Garden Tool Pulls
For a hands down handy way to repurpose your garden hand tools, replace your regular pulls and knobs on drawers and cabinets with gardening tools. This look is especially fun if you aim to create a gardening theme for potting benches and other utility pieces. The tools make your intention stand-out obvious!
Antique Faucet Drawer Pulls
And for another old-fashioned twist for your furniture decor, recycle old faucets as drawer and door pulls. As rustic and primitive as it might seem, the use of these old faucets creates a real interest to an ordinary piece of furniture.
5. Recycle Shovels and Hoes into Shelves
Garden Decorations: Vertical Garden Shovel Shelves
Build a vertical garden with several old spades or hoes. Use a sturdy board, and attach several metal blades spaced 18 to 24 inches apart down the board. Hang the board on a vertical wall. The blades become the shelves to decorate with herbs or flowers in containers.
Salvage Trip: Antique Hoe Shelf
A broken off hoe makes a great single shelf to perch a small potted plant on or to hang a planter from. Scroll down on the link above to find a mason jar supported on a super cute shelf made from a hoe.
We hope that you’ve gained a fresh vision for the endless possibilities for the reuse and recycling of garden tools. Before you do your spring cleaning purge this year, consider how you, too, might reuse these tools in your own creative ways. And don’t forget to share those ideas with us!