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

A rock painted as a garden marker.
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July 27, 2010 Flag
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I've been collecting rocks for quite a while, a lot of agates, but I also love bizarre rocks. I realized it was a waste to keep them in containers in the house, so I created this garden for all to enjoy.

Display Rock Collection In Garden

July 12, 2010 Flag
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Reflector globe.Create something beautiful from recycled objects!

Approximate Time: 1 hour



  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


November 8, 2011 Flag
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Accessorizing 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.

How to Add Charm without Adding More Work

June 17, 2009 Flag
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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


February 25, 2011 Flag
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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

July 6, 2011 Flag
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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

July 11, 2008 Flag

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!

July 9, 2013 Flag
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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.

Grow Succulents around Tree

October 24, 2011 Flag

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.

Decorative snails on plastic crates along with fall colored silk flowers.

June 3, 2008 Flag
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Use 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.

Decorating Your Outdoor Space

May 16, 2008 Flag
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Really the only decor I use are the beautiful butterflies and bees that come around to visit.

Use Bees As Garden Decor

March 29, 2006 Flag
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Good 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.

Adding Character and Charm to Your Yard & Garden

June 6, 2011 Flag

On our spring vacation, hubby and I went to a beach with LOTS of beautifully rounded stones, and I gathered some up to put around the statues and other garden ornaments in my apartment garden.

August 14, 2007 Flag
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We were on our way home from Toronto, stopped in a small town east of Toronto and spotted this creation. We all thought it was awesome. Just had to share it.

Hedge People

May 18, 2009 Flag
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A favorite photo that says "Come into the garden." Simple yet very inviting.

By Elaine from York, PA

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June 14, 2006 Flag

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...

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