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3 Get-Ready-for-the-Garden Recycling Crafts

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3 Get-Ready-for-the-Garden Recycling Crafts

With the unseasonably warm weather across much of the nation, I’m guessing many of you are in the same mindset I am: Spring is coming! I’m itching to get ready for outdoor activities, which includes outdoor get-togethers in the fragrant spring evening air and garden preparation. We’ve included tons of fun crafts that repurpose common items in Natural Home & Garden over the years. Get ready for the spring season with these fun, useful crafts that will be perfect for your garden this year.

These crafts were all created by former Natural Home & Garden designer Susan Wasinger. You can find many more of her inspirational crafts in her book Eco-Craft: Recycle, Recraft, Restyle.

rubber bench assembly

Tiny Garden Bench

This little garden bench uses a few pieces of recycled plastic lumber (which you can find at hardware stores) and an old inner tube (look for one that’s landfill-bound from a tire or bike store). These materials are both recycled and weatherproof, and the rubber will look better and better as it ages. It’s also quite comfortable if you’re using it for time-consuming garden tasks.

To make it, you’ll need at least 132 inches of plastic lumber, which you’ll assemble into a simple square with legs and supports. Then you cut strips of rubber and weave them to create the seat. You’ll need a carpenter’s square, an electric screwdriver and screws to assemble the frame, and a staple gun to attach the rubber strips.

Get the full instructions here.

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Jessica Kellner

Jessica Kellner is the editor of Natural Home & Garden magazine, a national sustainable home and lifestyle magazine. She is dedicated to helping readers create more sustainable, delightful homes that are in tune with the natural world. She is also the author of Housing Reclaimed: Sustainable Homes for Next to Nothing, published by New Society Publishers in autumn of 2011. Email her at


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1:08AM PST on Nov 9, 2014

Thank you!

3:31AM PDT on Apr 8, 2013


11:54AM PDT on Apr 7, 2013


11:10AM PDT on Apr 7, 2013

nice ideas.

10:19PM PDT on Apr 6, 2013

Nice bench.

11:39PM PDT on Apr 10, 2012

cool ideas....thanks!

3:04AM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

I really like the Garden Bench idea. I guess I'll be going to Lowes or Home Depot to find the plastic lumber.

I already have some Terre Cotta pots, so I will try the lights in them. They look so cool.

Thanks for the ideas!!

3:55AM PDT on Mar 12, 2012

plastic wood, is just a mixture of plastic and wood scraps molded together, they are using this mixture for the porches you see in some areas, they do not splinter and are better in weather

2:33PM PST on Mar 1, 2012

I never heard of plastic lumber. I'd use real wood lumber and paint it. I like the pot lights!!

8:59PM PST on Feb 8, 2012

Interesting article with some good ideas Thanks for posting

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