Frugal Garden Decor

A rock painted as a garden marker.

Adding decorations to your garden does not have to be expensive. This is a guide about frugal garden decor.


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Tip: Reuse Lamp Base in Garden Decorating

Keep an eye open for big table lamps at thrift stores or yard sales. Remove the top part that holds the light bulb (usually there is a small screw that will release it) and tear out the wiring, so you have just the lamp-base. Place it in the garden or on a deck for a pedestal which can be used to hold a gazing ball, decorated bowling ball, or potted plant

By Penny from Morris, NY

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Article: Recycled Garden Reflectors

Reflector globe.Create something beautiful from recycled objects!

Approximate Time: 1 hour


  • glass ceiling fan globe
  • clear silicone
  • glass plate
  • CD
  • 4 inch PVC pipe remnant
  • gold spray paint
  • several different colors of acrylic craft paints
  • white spray paint


  1. Decide how tall you would like the pillar of your gazing ball/reflector, leaving a few extra inches for where you'll place in the ground for extra support.
  2. Reflector supplies.

  3. Spray paint gold and allow to dry.
  4. Turn the plate upside down, so as to not collect rainwater, and adhere it to the top of the PVC pillar using clear silicone.
  5. Centered on this, adhere the CD, shiny-side-up, using a small amount of silicone.
  6. Next apply silicone around the lip of the glass ceiling globe and center this over the CD.
  7. Reflector CD.

  8. Allow to dry thoroughly before placing in your garden. When the sunlight hits the CD, it will make the globe sparkle with iridescent colors.
  9. For an even simpler gazing ball, squirt some colored craft paints inside a clear round glass globe and turn the globe to create swirls. After this dries, spray the inside with white spray paint. This fills in any gaps, and looks every bit as beautiful as store bought gazing balls, if not more so. This one happened to perfectly fit inside the pillar, eliminating need of a plate.
  10. Reflector bowling ball.

By Theodora from TX

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Tip: Paint Garden Markers on Rocks

A rock painted as a garden marker.We decided to use what we had in abundance to mark our garden rows last year. So we painted the veggie names on large rocks we have all around our house and yard. We simply found some flat-ish rocks and wrote the names on with a paint marker. I added the smiley face because cucumbers are my favorite.

I sprayed them with a clear coat so that the labels do not wash away. I was able to use them again this year. We simply place them on the end of the rows and voila, your rows are clearly marked.

By HICKCHIC3 from North Augusta, SC

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Tip: Spray Paint Inexpensive Garden Birdbath

I have been wanting a birdbath for quite a while and was not willing to pay the $50 that the stores wanted; so, I bought a cheap $10 plastic birdbath and spray painted it with Krylon Plastic paint. Looks just like one of those expensive ones for approximately $15.

The directions for my plastic birdbath suggest weighting the base with sand, which is a good idea, but weighting it with water is better and cheaper! If you live in colder climes, you can just tip the base over, use the water for your plants, and store your birdbath for the winter

By Sandy from Crystal Lake, IL

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Tip: Rocks for the Garden

On our spring vacation, hubby and I went to a beach with LOTS of beautifully rounded stones. I gathered some up to put around the statues and other garden ornaments in my apartment garden. I make sure that I don't spend too much money on any garden decorations, as it is a public space and things disappear, but the few rocks make the area left bald by the gardeners look much nicer!

Note: Make sure that wherever you gather rock, there is a LOT of material. Some beaches have cobbles placed there specifically against erosion.

You can also use other natural materials such as drift wood - I put several large pine cones around the rocks, too.

By pamphyila from Los Angeles, CA

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Tip: Grow Succulents around Tree

Grow Succulents around Tree

It is easy to make the ordinary look special. I have Sedums growing in vast amounts, too much! I broke several off and simply just stuck in the dirt around a tree. Once they really took off, I added to the look by placing big broken cement rocks around them.

    By linda [58]

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    Article: Garden Accents: How to Add Charm without Adding More Work

    How to Add Charm without Adding More WorkAccessorizing with non-living things like birdbaths, sundials, and garden stakes is an inexpensive way to add charm to your garden without creating any more work. Here are seven classic garden accents and some tips for incorporating them into your landscape.


    By Ellen Brown

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    Tip: Plastic Flowers for Outdoor Decor

    If you have a summer home, as well as a winter home, the garden can really get away from you! We go to the dollar store and purchase lots of colorful plastic flowers. We "plant" these instead of real ones, in both gardens, and have a beautiful garden, with minimal work, all season! My neighbors keep trying to water them for me!

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    Tip: Garden: Decorative Snails

    It's a gorgeous day here in Salem, OR, so my decorating bug got to me. I set up some veggie carriers and some milk carton cubes outside, and got my durable snails out. Cornelius in the door was making sure I did it all to his liking.

    I will be submitting his "Kitty Wagon" later this week. Watch for it.

    Source: I got a cleaning bug and the Cornelius helped me do it all.

    By Sandi from Salem, OR

    Decorative snails on plastic crates along with fall colored silk flowers. Cat looking out of the screen portion of a storm door. View of the decorations on both sides of the door with cat.

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    Tip: Decorating Your Outdoor Space

    Decorating Your Outdoor SpaceUse items that are otherwise collecting dust and garage sale finds to decorate your outdoor space. We found this sewing machine in a trash pile and purchased the table for $1 at a garage sale. We needed to quickly add some color for an event that would require outdoor photos, so I entwined the blue silk flower swag with the live plants in the bucket and no one knew the difference. The watercan was purchased on clearance at the end of season clearance. My neighbor often tells me she always enjoys looking out her kitchen window to see the "pretties" on my front porch.

    By Anajz from Kansas

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    Tip: Natural Garden Decor

    Use Bees As Garden Decor

    Use Bees As Garden Decor

    Really the only decor I use are the beautiful butterflies and bees that come around to visit.

    By Peggy from Elizabethtown, NC

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    Tip: Garden Color Before Spring

    After a long drab winter, are you longing for color in your garden? No need to wait for the blooms of spring and summer to liven the scene. Hang a few mylar holographic windsocks for an awesome visual show.


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    Tip: Using Rocks and Shells for Decorations

    Remember that natural objects can be a part of your decoration. You can have clusters of rocks you have gathered in a container - Or, in the summer, sea shells. I live by the beach now and have filled glass jars from the thrift shop with shells for lovely accents. Very Martha Stewart!

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    Article: Adding Character and Charm to Your Yard & Garden

    Adding Character and Charm to Your Yard & GardenGood gardens are simply beautiful, but great gardens are more than just beautiful, they have character and charm. They usually contain a number of "non-living" elements that are designed to add form and function to an already beautiful space.


    By Ellen Brown

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