08 January 2016

Repurpose - Reuse - Recycle

A monthly post to (hopefully) inspire you to look at old things in a new way.

It's For the Birds


A simple birdbath made using the frame from a lampshade,
and an old light fitting. Source

My favourite, using an old washtub and a pump to keep the water moving.
A series of DIY photos found here will show how it was constructed.
A simple structure of branches and bowls makes for a unique birdbath. Tutorial here.
Made from a bowl and a candy dish, this one would make a sweet
addition to a cottage style garden. Tutorial here.
Bird bath and planter in one. Tutorial can be found here.
Not the best photo but you get the idea. Vintage hand basin
gets a new life. Source 

Bird houses

An old letter box re-purposed as a bird house would
add charm to any garden. Source
Source (No longer in business)

Old boots given new life as a bird's nest. Source

An old pot and an aged piece of timber make a
rustic bird home.  Source unknown
I can't think of a better way to use an old watering can.
Made up from old bits and pieces this bird house would look
right at home in an English country garden. Source 
Terracotta pots can be used for a lot more than holding plants, 
but none as sweet as a home for baby birds. Source

Bird feeders

Reuse old coffee/formula cans and turn them into bird feeders. Source

What a lovely way to reuse that chipped or broken teacup
and saucer. Source unknown.

Do you have any old globe light fittings lying around? 
Here's one way to put them to good use. Source

See you next month for another round of Repurpose - Reuse - Recycle.

Disclaimer: I try to give credit to the owners of all the images I use, sometimes this is not possible, those images where the source is unknown will be assumed to be in the public domain. If you are the owner of any of these images (source unknown) and would like them removed or credit added, please let me know


  1. I love all your ideas. The second one is awesome and the birds obviously have staked their claim. Just a note of caution - I used a pretty glass plate as a birdbath and the sun hitting through the water cracked the plate, so it is probably better to put glass in the shade.

    1. Glad you like the ideas, there are plenty more out there, I will be sharing more next month.

  2. Love these items. I love how these sorts of things make a garden interesting.

    1. Far more interesting than shop bought!

    2. Far more interesting than shop bought!