24 DIY Vintage Garden Decorations & Ideas

Beautiful vintage garden decorations and ideas on how to up-cycle and re-purpose old objects and farmhouse antiques into creative and unique outdoor decor for your patio and backyard!

If you love gardens as much as we do, why not make your time spent in the garden even more fun and joyful with some unique decor? Vintage garden decorations are so full of charm. If used creatively, they will add lots of extra beauty and magic to your garden.

Beautiful vintage garden decorations & ideas: re-purposed planters, up-cycled centerpieces, creative DIY outdoor fountains for your porch, patio & backyard!

These budget friendly garden decorating ideas will inspire you to go treasure hunting at thrift stores and yard sales! You will see how to creatively re-use an old bucket, a used ladder, a broken chair, or a discarded window into planters, fence decor, centerpiece, plant stand, patio fountains, and more!

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1. Decorate a vintage garden fence  

vintage garden fence decorating ideas

Decorate a garden fence in a vintage style using old plates and put a shabby chic chair as a plant stand in front! Treat the fence in your garden the way you would decorate a gallery wall in your home, like this garden!

2. Repurpose an old galvanized bucket

galvanized tub
See how this old galvanized tub is transformed into a beautiful showpiece!

Galvanized tubs like these are great for outdoor projects because they are durable, and so versatile! See how this old galvanized tub is transformed into a beautiful showpiece here!

3. Repurpose vintage drawer boxes into succulent garden

Repurpose vintage drawer boxes into succulent garden

Old vintage drawer boxes may be hard to come by as you see here. You can upcycle any wooden drawers found on Craigslist or in thrift stores, and add some really affordable vintage style hardware like these to fake the look!  

4. Up-cycled old bucket vintage planter

Up-cycled old bucket vintage planter

You can transform old metal buckets into rustic planters, hanging them is another idea. ( Via The Olde Weeping Cedar. Blog URL expired as of 1/2020)

5. Build a large farmhouse wood planter for $10

Beautiful DIY planter boxes easily for $10, using simple tools. Lightweight, portable, and long lasting, these large planter pots look amazing on a patio or deck. Free planter box plans included!

Get the free plan here and build your own wood planter boxes easily!

6. Plant a vintage garden cart

Plant a vintage garden cart

If you happen to have a rustic garden cart in your house, you can create this beautiful planter by planting a variety of flowers in it.

7. Create a vintage garden in wheelbarrows

Create a vintage garden in wheelbarrows

Rusty old wheelbarrows make great vintage garden planters like this.

8. DIY French Country Farmhouse Style Planter  

DIY French Country Farmhouse Style Planter

If you love French country and primitive antiques, then this DIY farmhouse style planter made from an old enamel bowl is a great vintage garden decorations idea and so easy to create.

9. Easy DIY Country Garden Bench

Easy DIY Country Garden Bench

You can create this country garden style stone bench in your garden easily. See the tutorial here.

10 & 11. Vintage garden decorations using old ladders

Vintage garden decorations using old ladders
wood ladder plant stand

Another garden decoration idea that is space-savvy as well as pocket-friendly. You can place your pretty vintage and repurposed planters on a rustic old ladder to create height and layers. Learn more about it at Organized Clutter here.

12. Beautiful Flowers in Old Tub

Create this DIY rustic planter for your garden to give it a rustic yet classy look. Galvanized tubs like these make great garden planters.

13. DIY old window planter box

DIY old window planter box

Create a vintage planter from an old window for your garden decor by following this YouTube video

14. Another old window upcycled into garden planter

old window upcycled into garden planter

Here is how you can re-purpose any old window and turn it into a beautiful hanging planter and add decorative accents to your garden fence.

15. Repurposed Chair Planters

Repurposed Chair Planters

If you are looking for whimsical vintage garden decorations, this repurposed chair planter is easy and fun to DIY.

16. Upcycled vintage garden decorations

Upcycled vintage garden decorations, whimsical mailbox planter

This up-cycled mailbox planter is so cheerful. There are many great alternatives such as rusty metal or painted metal mailboxes to play with!

17. DIY farmhouse galvanized buckets tower planter

DIY farmhouse galvanized buckets tower planter

So many ways to use galvanized buckets as vintage garden decorations! Create a farmhouse antique, tipsy pot planter like this in your garden with the help of the instruction here.

18. DIY birdcage planter vintage garden decorations

DIY birdcage planter vintage farmhouse garden decorations

If you love French country and shabby chic style, you will love this birdcage planter idea for  your classy romantic garden exteriors.

19. DIY vintage farmhouse planter with antique food mill

DIY vintage farmhouse planter with antique food mill

More reasons to look for vintage farmhouse antiques! Follow these steps to create a beautiful and classy centerpiece for your garden or patio table.

 20 & 21 . Old bicycle vintage garden decor planter

Old bicycle vintage garden decor planter

Give your old bicycle a new life, you can paint it as well. Find out more bicycle planter ideas here.

22. DIY vintage trunk garden decorations

DIY vintage trunk garden decorations

Everyone loves old trunks. Here is how you can use vintage trunks to create an unconventional garden planter and decor.

23 & 24. Repurposed glass DIY terrariums

Repurposed glass DIY terrariums

Here‘s an idea on how to create this antique terrarium from an old fish tank.

How to transform yard sale cookie jars into gorgeous decor!

How to transform yard sale cookie jars into gorgeous decor, tutorial & before-after here!

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5 Comments

  1. My aunt is looking for ways to spice up her neighborhood garden. The idea of using an old bicycle as a planter and adding a garden cart as a place to put plants are very intriguing ideas, since she likes whimsical-themed things for the garden!

  2. Hi, Do you folks have a magazine or book that I can buy or subscribe to?
    Thanks, Dennis Morgan

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