7 Garden Ideas That Won’t Cost a Penny

7 Garden Ideas That Won’t Cost a Penny


Adding new features and points of interest in your garden can sometimes be an expensive endeavour.

Luckily, you don’t necessarily have to have enough spare cash to fork out on a new patio or deck to transform your garden.

In today’s article we’re looking at some of the many ways in which you can transform your garden without spending a single penny.

The old saying of ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’ could not be truer when it comes to getting some ideas to transform your garden for nothing.

Many of the ideas on our list involve upcycling, which is a great way to save yourself a wad of cash – and it’s great for the environment, too, as it means less waste ends up in landfill.

Use your imagination and invest a little effort, and you’ll find that transforming your garden without spending any money is a breeze.

Let’s begin with our first cost-free garden idea.



1. Check Online Classifieds & Upcycling Sites


You may be surprised to find some of the things people are giving away for free.

By checking the freebie sections of online classifieds, such as Gumtree and Preloved, you’ll find a whole host of things that people are looking for new homes for, free of charge.

free greenhouse

We managed to find plant pots, pallets, wooden decking boards, garden furniture, kids’ climbing frames and slides, and even a greenhouse, all being given away for free.

There is so much being offered in exchange for nothing, we would be very surprised if you couldn’t find something that you could utilise in your garden and, you never know, you might just get lucky and bag yourself something like a greenhouse without having to spend a penny.



2. Make a Wheelbarrow Planter


wheelbarrow planter

Why not convert an old or unused wheelbarrow into a planter?

Wheelbarrow planters make fantastic features in any garden and by filling them with topsoil or compost, you’ll create a bed perfect for growing lots of brightly coloured flowers to light up your garden.

If you don’t have a wheelbarrow lying around, they are actually quite simple to make – you can even build one using old pallets. [https://diyprojects.ideas2live4.com/pallet-wheelbarrow/]

Check online classifieds, as you may be able to find someone who is giving away their wheelbarrow for nothing.



3. Make a Watering Can Planter


watering can planter

This follows on from the wheelbarrow planter idea, as you can do the exact same thing with a variety of containers. So, rather than using a wheelbarrow, why not use a disused watering can?

Obviously, you’ll not be able to fit as many plants into it, but they can look equally stunning. Also, if you have a small garden – or even just a balcony – while a wheelbarrow might be too big for the space, you’ll still be able to fit in a watering can.

And the best thing about using a watering can is that you may even be able to hang it up by the handle, to create a ready-made hanging basket.

bathtub planter

When it comes to planter ideas, let your imagination really run wild as options don’t just stop at watering cans and wheelbarrows – you could even use an old sink, bathtub, wellington boot or washing up bowl.




4. Customise Your Plant Pots


customised plant pot

Buying plant pots for your garden can be expensive.

Why not make the most of the ones you already have and get customising to give them a new lease of life?

There really is no limit to what you can do, here, so just grab the paints and get to work on creating various new plant pot designs.

As well as using paint, you could also dip them in dye, stencil them, stamp them, print them or attach plastic jewels to give them some bling.



5. Upcycle Your Tin Cans


tin can upcycling

Rather than throwing away your tin cans, why not put them to good use in your garden by creating your very own tea light holders?

You can punch holes into the sides to form various patterns that will light up those warm summer evenings.

And, of course, tin cans are the perfect size for using as small plant pots, too.

Just add a lick of paint and you have yourself a unique plant pot that can be used to grow various plants and herbs.



6. Build a Tyre Swing


tyre swing

This idea is perhaps maybe more for the kids (grown up kids will want one, too, of course), but if you have a tree in your garden, you could make use of it by adding a tyre swing.

Free tyres are easy to get hold of; just ask at your nearest tyre shop if they have one that you could take for free or keep hold of your worn tyres next time you get them replaced.

By securing the tyre to a tree using rope, you can create your very own tyre swing – and who doesn’t love a tyre swing?

The chances are your children will absolutely love you for it as it will give them hours of fun … and what’s more, it didn’t cost you a penny!



7. Utilise Old Mirrors


garden mirror

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Adding a mirror to your garden will do wonders for brightening up small spaces that are short of natural light.

If you have a spare mirror that isn’t getting much use indoors, then why not move it outside to create an interesting feature within your garden?

If you don’t have a spare mirror, try searching online classified ads for someone who is giving one away for free.

The quirkier your mirror is, the bigger the impact it will have on your garden.



8. Make Your Own Pallet Garden Furniture


pallet garden furniture

One of the things we noticed when looking for freebies online was the number of people giving away pallets for free.

Well, when it comes to pallets, one man’s trash is certainly another man’s treasure, as the potential possibilities for converting pallets into garden objects is virtually endless.

Creating garden furniture, such as chairs and tables, is very easily done using pallets.

Just fix them together using decking screws, sand them down if necessary, give them a lick of paint and you have your very own quirky garden furniture set.

What’s more, we found plenty of people giving away cushions and sofas free of charge, so you’ll easily be able to get your hands on a bunch of cushions to make your pallet furniture even more comfortable.






You needn’t spend huge amounts of money to liven up your outdoor space.

It might take a little imagination and a bit of time and effort, but it is surprising just how much can be achieved without having to spend a single penny.

We hope our ideas have inspired you to take action in your garden and no longer use the excuse of not having enough spare cash to create a beautiful garden.

Do you have any more ideas or tips that you could share with our readers? If so, leave us a comment below and join in with the discussion, as we would love to hear from you.



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