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.
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.