Every urban gardener knows that space is a key issue for growing and sustaining a garden. Saving space and staying creative when it comes to balcony gardens and other micro gardens seems a nearly impossible task. However, by employing some of these creative upcycling tips and DIYs, you can easily recycle used home goods and save space in your balcony garden.
Recycled bottles, jars, and cartons
The easiest way to utilize recycled materials for your balcony garden is to sift through your recycling bins. Plastic bottles, glass jars, and paper cartons make perfect planters for herbs, small flowers, and succulents with very little effort. They are kid-friendly, simple projects that will automatically add a creative flair to your garden.
With a few spare minutes and a few used plastic bottles, you can create a handmade self-watering bottle planter for your balcony garden. Check out this straightforward DIY project and create your own planters.
Another easy, kid-friendly planter DIY uses paper cartons and toilet paper rolls:
Prefer something trendier and more visually appealing? Try making your own Mason jar wall planter. Besides being a real eye-catcher, this planter utilizes wall space rather than floor space, a must with balcony/micro gardening.
Layer the jars in horizontal rows along your balcony wall for a space saving herb garden.
Recycled home goods
After you’ve exhausted your actual recyclables, scour your home for any other unused items that can be turned into containers. Choose items that you can group together to create a cohesive upcycled look, such as a group of boxes, baskets, or bowls.
Recycle old wicker storage baskets by hanging them vertically with rope and create a stunning garden element that feels more like a piece of art than a planter. Find the step-by-step DIY from A Beautiful Mess.
Want to create a cohesive recycled herb garden that looks crisp and put together? Reuse formula tubs or similar storage tubs by painting, labeling, and lining with pots and create something just like this:
Recycling your used and unwanted home goods automatically adds creative flair to your balcony garden. For the best effect, use off-the-wall, quirky items to create a one-of-a-kind space.
Repurposed tea tins make perfect windowsill or balcony ledge planters. Make sure to punch some holes in the bottom to allow the planters to drain properly!
Nothing says quirky like an upcycled teapot! Start collecting now and make these flower planters for a whimsical, vintage feel:
Other creative recycling
Out of space but still want to make an upcycled stamp on your balcony garden? Why not create a succulent micro garden out of a glass candle holder like this one from The Sweet Spot Blog?
Or make your own spoon plant markers:
Test out these ideas, rummage through your own home for unused and unusual items, and don’t be afraid to get creative. Before you know it, your balcony will be the most original garden space in your neighborhood.
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