Upcycled Garden Ideas

Regular readers are well aware that we love a bit of upcycling and are always turning unused items into wonderful new features in our garden. So far we have told you about our garden shed, pallet planters and a pallet sand pit and gate which grace our back garden. Here are some of our latest upcycled garden projects in our ever evolving garden…

The upcycled garden bird cage is a great place to display alpines

The upcycled garden bird cage is a great place to display alpines

 

1. Upcycled garden bird table

We love attracting wildlife into our garden and we felt that our birds deserved a posh table to dine at. So Mr Vialii set about seeing what he could create from various left over pieces of timber. Once the main carcass was created the table was given a coat of lovely bright turquoise paint. The roof was clad in some cedar shingle samples which we were sent from a supplier and the house was finished off with some fancy lead flashing, courtesy of our next door neighbour who was clearing out her garage! If that doesn’t entice our local feathered friends then we don’t know what will!

The upcycled bird table has a cedar roof and lead flashing!

The upcycled garden bird table has a cedar roof and lead flashing!

2. Upcycled trailer wheels

We had some old wheels from our trailer which had been replaced. Never ones to throw anything way we decided to put all parts to good use. The tyres were painted bright colours and stacked to create a contemporary planter for some cloud topiary.

Old tyres can become an eye catching garden feature

Old tyres can become an eye catching garden feature

The wheels were filled with compost and our clever Lulu has sown some butterfly friendly flowers in them to create a colourful entrance to our veg patch soon. You could paint these funky colours too but we decided to go rusty at this end of the garden.

The old rims were planted with wildlife friendly flowers

The old rims were planted with wildlife friendly flowers

3. Upcycled garden bird cage

We had acquired a vintage bird cage which looked beautiful in its own right. But we decided we could make it even more beautiful by adding some pots (a wonderful array, again donated by our neighbour during her clear out!) and a selection of alpines.

Some pretty pots and alpines give this pretty bird cage a new purpose in life

Some pretty pots and alpines give this pretty bird cage a new purpose in life

4. Upcycled cheese boxes

This was a lovely project which we did for Mother’s Day. To find out how to make your own, visit Lulu’s Garden Blog for a step by step guide…

Pansies in cheese boxes makes a lovely gift

Pansies in cheese boxes makes a lovely gift

We have a few more upcycling ideas up our sleeve which we will tell you all about soon.

If you want to commission us to make any of these upcycled garden features for you or would like to discuss how we can help you transform your garden using some upcycling tips then please get in touch.

Thanks for reading,

All at Vialii

Make Your Own Upcycled Pallet Planter

Upcycling is all the rage just now. Not only does it help save money, it can turn something old and unwanted into something new and unique. We love a bit of upcycling at Vialii, whether it be creating an upcycled garden for clients or simply adding a few new features into our own garden – from containers and sand pits to sheds and gates, pallets have been put to good use at Vialii Towers! It’s cheap, it’s easy, it’s fun and it’s hugely satisfying. In our latest blog we give you a step by step guide to make your own bespoke upcycled pallet planter…

Personalised, bespoke upcycled pallet planter

Personalised, bespoke pallet planters

1. Deconstruct your pallet

Discard any pales which won’t be of use in the container you are building.

Deconstruct your pallet

Deconstruct your pallet

2. Get cutting

Cut your pieces of pallet to size so that you can start to create your uprights and your end panels.

Start cutting down your pallet to size

Start cutting down your pallet to size

3. Make your sides

Add pieces of pallet to make the sides of your upcycled pallet planter.

Make your sides

Make your sides

4. Make the bottom

Once you have your four uprights and sides secured you can create the bottom of your planter.

Make the bottom

Make the bottom

5. Sand your planter

Your carcass of your container is now ready for sanding down.

Sand your planter

Sand your planter

6. Personalise your planter

We like to add personalisation to our planters. We simply print the wording onto card then cut it out.

Personalise your planter

Personalise your planter

You can then use your template to spray the words onto your planter.

Spray your wording onto your planter

Spray your wording onto your planter

7. Line your planter

You need to line your planter with polythene to help protect your wood. Remember to add drainage holes at the bottom.

Line your planter

Line your planter

8. Add compost and plants to complete your upcycled pallet planter

Fill the planter with compost (and water retaining crystals if you wish) and then choose whatever plants you want to put in it.

Add compost and plants

Add compost and plants

And here’s the finished planter, perfect for growing herbs near the kitchen door.

The finished planter

The finished planter

There you have it. Our cheap and easy pallet containers. If you want more information on these containers, would like to commission us to make one or have any gardening queries please get in touch.

Best wishes

All at Vialii

Vialii Review of 2013

Happy new year to all our lovely readers. As we move forward into 2014, we take a moment to have a review of 2013 and some of the highlights for Vialii and the trends that we saw…

Review of 2013: A lovely visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh in 2013

A lovely visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh in 2013

The year of the garden room

2013 saw our clients wholeheartedly embrace the outdoor room. From designer offices to simpler summerhouses we had several clients wanting to introduce outdoor living areas into their gardens. One of our favourites was this custom built garden pod which provided shelter from the rain and prevailing wind whilst still making you feel part of the garden. And with two more garden rooms already lined up for 2014 this trend doesn’t look like it’s going away…

The garden "pod" is a great focal point in this garden as well as somewhere to shelter from the weather

The garden “pod” is a great focal point in this garden as well as somewhere to shelter from the weather

The year “Lulu’s Garden” launched

Our very own Lulu started up her own gardening blog for our sister company Vialii Garden Services in 2013. She puts us at VGD to shame with her regular, fun and educational blogs on all aspects of gardening. Click here to catch up on what’s happening in Lulu’s Garden…

Lulu's Garden Blog

Lulu launched her own blog, all about fun and interesting things to do in (or related to) the garden

The year of the Community Garden

2013 saw us being involved in two community garden projects. Our design of Provost’s Park in Bridge of Allan finally came to life in October and we completed our designs for the Jupiter Urban Wildlife Garden too. It was an honour to be involved in both projects and we look forward to spending time in both gardens in 2014.

The construction of our Provost's Park design got underway in 2013

The construction of our Provost’s Park design got underway in 2013

The year of the Vialii team

Our talented Vialii team sprouted new buds and grew well in 2013. Corrie and Gordon were joined by Neil on the maintenance side while both Connor and Kenny came on board for VGD in 2013. Jill also officially joined Michael working in the business in 2013 and with Lulu busily blogging away, Vialii became a true family business. We look forward to the team growing from strength to strength in 2014.

The Vialii team on a well earned night out

The Vialii team on a well earned night out

The year of upcycling

From a garden in Glasgow featuring lots of upcycled items, our own upcycled products made from old pallets to the “Upcycled Garden” for the Scottish Wildlife Trust, 2013 was the year for making the most of what you had.

Bespoke garden planters made from upcycled pallets

Bespoke garden planters made from upcycled pallets

The year of the garden visits

Well to be honest, every year is packed full of garden visits at Vialii Towers and 2013 was no exception. From Glendoick and Branklyn to Logan and Alnwick we had our fair share of wonderful gardens in 2013, not to mention the wonderful centenary of the Chelsea Flower Show.

Lulu providing a tour of Logan Botanic Gardens

Lulu providing a tour of Logan Botanic Gardens

The year of artificial turf

We laid many new lawns with artificial turf last year – whilst it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, the quality these days is great and can be a wonderful solution for gardens with issues with soil and light and for those with children and/or dogs.

Artificial turf can transform an area where real grass struggles

Artificial turf can transform an area where real grass struggles

The year of the sunshine

OK, the start of the year was pretty miserable but who cares when we get such a glorious summer?! The long, hot sunny days were wonderful for sitting enjoying gardens but also a lovely change when working outside building them too! Here’s hoping to a repeat in 2014!

An escape to the beach in the glorious summer of 2013

An escape to the beach in the glorious summer of 2013

So, there you have it, 2013 in a nutshell (or a blog!) Here’s hoping that 2014 is as much fun.

Happy 2014 everyone.

From all at Vialii