Easy garden art ideas that show you how to add your own personal style to your garden through garden art. Budget friendly options included!
Garden art is, in my opinion, like any other kind of art, and I approach using it in the same way. I think it should reflect your personal style, and have some sort of meaning. The walls in my home are filled with photographs, pictures passed down from relatives, and other items that tell the story of my family. I have tried to do the same thing in my garden. My garden art tells my story, and each piece holds a special place in my heart. These garden decor ideas feature our backyard at the Sutton Place house. I was very ready to give up the large yard, but I do miss that garden! Keep reading so you can personalize your own garden space in much the same way. Here’s how!
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Easy Garden Art Ideas
Wood Signs or Flags
I love flags…especially the American flag. I fly it on our front porch, and it seemed fitting that it should fly from my garden as well. One of the easiest DIY garden decorations is to paint an American flag on a piece of wood, and display it on a shed, fence, garage, or other small out-building. I did this several years ago, but eventually it became faded and weathered.
When we gave our shed a much-needed makeover, a new flag was at the top of the to-do list. This time around I got a beautiful handmade flag from this Etsy shop, and it quickly became the focal point of my garden.
Garden Weather Vane
Weather vanes are no longer used to track the direction of the wind, but they still have charm and add personality. Garden weather vanes attach to a stake that is stuck in the ground. They come in a variety of sizes and themes. I chose a golfer because my husband and son avidly play and follow the sport. It has weathered beautifully and gives my garden a vintage, cottage feel. Sometimes weather vanes and other garden art can be found at thrift stores and flea markets…so keep your eye out!
Birds and gardens go together like toast and jam. Because of that, it is perfectly fitting to grace your garden with one (or more) birdhouses, sometimes called a bird feeder. They can be installed in the ground, or hung from just about anything. Different types of birdhouses attract different types of birds. There are wren houses, finch houses, houses for sparrows, and the list goes on. Personally, I just love to look at them, and if a bird makes itself at home, it’s an added bonus!
The Oct-Avian bird house pictured in this post was a Mother’s Day gift, and I thought long and hard about whether or not I should move it. It was installed in the ground with concrete, and it at the time, it seemed like a big job to remove it. So it stayed with the house…which in a way, is perfectly fitting.
Bird house pictured can be found here: Oct-Avian Bird House.
Shepherd’s Hook with Birdhouse
A shepherd’s hook is the absolute easiest way to hang anything in your garden…especially a birdhouse. Nothing is needed except a bit of muscle to stick it into the ground. Shepherd’s hooks come in various heights, so you can stagger them in your garden to add interest. It’s also a very easy way to change out seasonal garden decor.
Shepherd’s Hook with Wind Chimes
Not only are wind chimes beautiful to look at, they are absolutely lovely to hear. I received the set of wind chimes pictured below when my mother passed away. I thought it was such a thoughtful and meaningful gift. I placed a shepherd’s hook outside my kitchen window, and hung the wind chimes. I could see them every day, and I could hear them as well. One of the easiest DIY garden crafts is to construct your own wind chime from spoons. This is something older kids could help with, and this tutorial explains it well.
Garden statuary can be anything from concrete geese dressed for the weather to saints and angels. I’ve seen owls, old ladders, mosaic flower pots, and more. There is a wide choice of sturdy items that will weather nicely, and live happily in your garden. I have always had a statue of St. Francis of Assisi in my garden. For some reason, I can’t imagine a garden being complete without him. He is the patron saint of Ecology, and is best known for “preaching to the birds.” Other ideas are cement benches, concrete stepping stones with engraved quotes, or small woodland animals.
Thank you so much for stopping by and spending part of your day with me. I hope these easy garden art ideas help to make your garden the perfect reflection of you. I’ll be back soon!