9 Vintage Thrift Store Finds That Will Make A Gorgeous Addition To Your Garden

These vintage finds add character, color, and whimsy to your garden.

By Stephanie Eckelkamp, Rodale's Organic Life

Maybe you’ve planted a garden or done a little backyard landscaping, and you’re pretty darn proud of it—but something’s missing. Yes, you have a variety of colors, heights, and fragrances from your carefully selected vines, veggies, and flowers, yet there’s a certain lack of whimsy and magic that you can’t seem to channel with plants alone. (Here's how to make your landscaping look professional on a budget.)

[post_ads]Enter: Your local thrift store or antique shop. Nothing quite complements new plant life like perfectly aged secondhand treasures. But don't just load up on cute knickknacks and call it a day. Carefully select items that are beautiful yet functional, and that can easily be adapted and used as herb planters, pots, bird baths, and more. 

Here, 9 of our favorite secondhand items that are a natural fit for your garden.  

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Add a little audible charm to your garden with vintage silverware that you craft into a wind chime. Forks and spoons work best. Simply drill small holes in the handles of the silverware with a very small, high quality drill bit (0.8 mm should do the trick). Then use fishing wire or twine to attach the silverware to a base that will hang from the ceiling. Options include graters (shown above), a fork, colanders, or even metal cans with holes punched in.

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Tea cups and saucers
Pick up an assortment of vintage tea cups and saucers, mugs, and even glass cups at your thrift store in which you can plant small flowers, herbs, and succulents to display on garden patio tables. Not only are they ultra cute, but when that cool fall weather comes, you can easily transfer them indoors. (Here are the 7 easiest succulents to grow.)

You can almost always find a vintage steel or copper kettle at the antique store. Often, they're a little too well worn for boiling water, but they still make perfect planters—especially for beautiful spillover plants like petunias. You can even turn your kettle planter into a hanging basket by attaching twine to both sides of the handle and hanging it from a planter hook.

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Old metal colanders make the perfect planters. Simply line them with landscape fabric, coir liner, or even coffee filters, load in some potting soil, and add your plants. You can place them on an outdoor table, or even use twine or chain and hooks to morph them into hanging baskets (here's a great tutorial).

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Picture frames
Succulent frames make a great addition to any outdoor wall that gets a lot of sun. Just start with an old 8x10" picture frame and follow this simple tutorial. When the weather gets cool, hang them up inside. (Here are 3 more ways to build an epic vertical garden.)

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Bureau or hutch
A beat up old bureau or hutch with lots of drawers is the perfect way to add some playfulness and whimsy to any outdoor space. Repaint it, if you wish (or stick with the rustic look), then open up a few drawers and add some potted flowers or other plants.

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Dining room chair
Sure, you could simply repaint a thrifted dining room chair and place a potted plant on top of it (which would still be pretty), or you could turn it into a living succulent chair like the one above. It's a little labor intensive, but the visual payoff is totally worth it. Here's a video tutorial that walks you through the process. (Here are 29 more creative succulent planter ideas you should definitely steal.)

Vintage bottles
Gorgeous blue, green, clear, and brown vintage bottles and mason jars can be found in nearly any antique or thrift store. Accumulate a nice collection and use them for outdoor table centerpieces (just pop in a few wildflowers and you're done) or for lining garden paths. (Here are 7 mason jar crafts for gardeners.)

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Shallow bowls or pie plates
Want to attract birds to your backyard, but don't feel like shelling out the cash for a new bird bath? We don't blame you. Luckily, shallow bowls and pie plates make the perfect alternative. All you need to do is place them on something slighty elevated, like an old flower pot stand (shown above) or even a large, overturned terra cotta pot. Attach the bowl or plate to the base with some folded duct tape if necessary.


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9 Vintage Thrift Store Finds That Will Make A Gorgeous Addition To Your Garden
These vintage thrift store finds add character, color, and whimsy to your garden.
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