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Make the most of your garden and outdoor area with these DIY projects, designed to help you brighten the great outdoors. We hope that you find them inspiring to make the most of your outdoor space.    › Kiwi Gardener   › NZ Gardener   

Projects from Kiwi Gardener

Seed storage box
Seed storage

Build a sturdy little box to keep your seed packets organised... more
Create your own water garden
Create your own water garden

Enjoy water-loving plants with this easy-to-build water planter... more
Seed markers
Seed markers

Use these fun pebble markers as a reminder of the seeds you’ve planted... more
DIY cornhole set
DIY cornhole set

Cornhole is the perfect game for summer entertaining... more
Barrel bar
Barrel bar

Turn an old wine barrel into a handy ice bucket and table... more
Sun shelter
Sun shelter

Give your furry best friend a shaded and comfy outdoor nap spot... more
Clothesline upgrade
Clothesline upgrade

Turn a tired old clothesline into a stylish garden feature that brings joy... more
Berry trellis
Berry trellis

Give your berries room to grow and plenty of airflow with this helpful trellis... more

Dinosaur garden

Create your very own mini Jurassic Park with this easy-to-make garden... more
Double-duty seed tray
Double-duty seed tray

An easy-to-make seed tray that can also double as a mini propagator... more
Plywood pegboard
Plywood pegboard

Easily change the height and layout of the shelves as your plants grow... more
Tiered strawberry planter
Tiered strawberry planter

Planting strawberries in winter means they have plenty of time to establish... more
Garden edging
Garden edging

One of the easiest and most practical ways to keep your garden looking tidy... more
Wall-mounted boot rack
Wall-mounted boot rack

Perfect for clearing clutter and allowing your boots to dry out... more 
Outdoor noughts & crosses
Outdoor noughts & crosses

A colourful twist on the classic noughts and crosses game... more
Make a recycled planter box
Recycled planter box

It's easy to be green if you use recycled timber to create this planter box... more
Corner bench seat with storage
Corner bench seat

Functional and stylish - somewhere to sit and relax + waterproof storage... more
Spa pool towel stand
Spa pool towel-stand

Keep towels off the ground while adding a splash of colour to your garden... more
Build a bug hotel
Bug hotel

Get the kids encouraging friendly bugs to check into your garden... more
Build a portable leaf bin
Portable leaf bin

Autumn leaves are lovely – especially when collected tidily in this portable leaf bin... more
Recycled Pallet Outdoor Bar
Recycled pallet outdoor bar

A great addition to any outdoor entertaining space... more
Painted plant pot with cat grass
Happy cat plant pot

Paint a cool kitty plant pot complete with delicious cat grass... more
Build a harvest basket for your garden
Harvest basket

This quick and easy DIY project will help you harvest and wash your veges.. more
Building a hammock stand
Hammock stand

Build this sturdy hammock stand and create a place to relax... more
Turn a terracotta pot into an outside coffee table
Time for a cuppa

Transform a humble terracotta plant pot into this stylish coffee table... more
Make a stacked succulent planter
Stacked succulent planter

AChristmas gift or stylish centrepiece for a festive outdoor dining table... more
Make self watering herb planters for your windowsill
Self–Watering Herb Planters

A simple way to begin a herb garden or brighten up a windowsill... more
Build rustic herb shelves for your garden
DIY rustic herb shelves

Use reclaimed native timber to create a set of rustic herb shelves... more
Make a worm farm
DIY worm farm

Go green and upcycle an old metal laundry tub into an upmarket worm farm... more
Build a glasshouse from recycled materials
Upcycled glasshouse

Use a combination of reclaimed and new materials to create this glasshouse... more
Hanging strawberry planter
Hanging planters

Get your little ones to add their creative touch and grow strawberries... more
Build a liquid composting bin for your garden
Liquid composter

Turn a humble wheelie bin into a liquid composter for green garden waste... more
Build a propating unit for your garden
Propagating unit

Build a propagation area and protect your plant babies... more
Make a planter pot and stand
Planter pot & stand

Use timber and concrete mortar mix to make a statement piece... more
Make an outside sink unit for your garden
The garden sink

Keep clean in the garden over autumn with this handy outdoor sink unit... more
Make a leaf inspired wall hanging in autumn colours from clay
Autumnal wall hanging

Bring nature’s beautiful autumn colours inside with this great little project... more
Build a wooden planter box for your garden
DIY planter

Build a wooden planter box for your garden... more
Make a compost cage for your garden
Compost cage

Get maximum aeration into your garden compost with this handy cage... more
Build a daybed from recyled timber
Recycled daybed

Build this fabulous daybed made entirely from recycled native timber... more
Build a giant four in a row game for your garden
Four in a row

This super-sized game makes a perfect summer project... more
Build an under cover potter for a small garden bench
Under-cover potter

Get protection from the sun and rain with this nifty covered potting bench... more
Build a corner seat for your garden
Wood storage unit

Get ready for the colder months with this easy-to build storage unit... more
Build a corner seat for your garden
Take a seat

Upcycle a couple of wooden doors into this stylish outdoor seat... more
Make a tower of pots planter
Topsy turvy tower

Add a touch of whimsy to your garden with these colourful pots... more
Build garden planters
Space–saving plant stack

Create this simple planter using fence palings and get growing... more
Build a display for potted plants
Window display

It’s easy to transform an old wooden window frame into a nifty display... more
Build a outside bars
Pallet bar

Create this simple outdoor bar using an old pallet... more
Upcycled bird feeders
Colourful upcycled bird feeders

These colourful upcycled bird feeders will be a real treat... more
Plant shelves for small plants
Plant shelves

This simple outdoor shelving unit can be made in a few hours... more
Build a glasshouse out of recycled materials
Upcycled glasshouse

Rise to the challenge and use our glasshouse DIY... more
Build a tool rack for your garden equipment
Tool rack

Get organised over winter with our space-saving tool holder... more
Make leaf stepping stones for your garden
Leaf stepping stones

Leaves are falling all around at this time of year... more
Build a garden seat
Fragrant bench

This little seat provides the perfect place to stop for a well-earned rest... more
Build a potting bench for your garden
Potting bench

This waist-height bench will be your ideal companion... more
Make a covered garden bed
A cosy bed

Get ready for the cooler months with this nifty covered raised bed... more
Upcycle an old wooden ladder into a plant stand
Ladder display

Upcycle an old wooden ladder into a stylish plant stand... more
Build a wooden boardwalk
The boardwalk

This simple raised boardwalk is an ideal solution for a pathway... more
Paint terracotta pots and make a windchime
Terracotta windchime

Kids will have fun decorating these pots to show off their artwork... more
Make an wall herb hanger
Herb hanger

This stylish space-saving herb hanger can be easily made with timber... more
Paint an rust effect on your garden pot
The rust effect

Transform an old terracotta pot into a stylish rusty metallic feature... more
Make an wooden christmas tree
Christmas tree

Create this simple Christmas tree decoration to add festive cheer... more
Build a planter bench for your garden
Planter bench

Planter bench It’s easy to utilise the edge of an raised bed... more
Driftwood planter
Driftwood planters

Collecting driftwood is a fun activity and keeps the kids entertained. Try making these planters... more
Movable plant frame
Movable planter for climbing crops

Now that summer’s on the way, create this nifty upright planter on wheels... more
Build a plant frame for your garden
Plant support frame

Create this simple plant frame from treated timber – perfect for supporting vege... more
How to make a potting bench
Pallet hanger

Go green and upcycle an old wooden pallet into this crafty potted plant display... more
Make a bird bath for your garden

It’s easy to turn a few terracotta pots into a stylish birdbath following our simple step-by-step guide... more
How to make a potting bench
Potting bench

Treat yourself in time for spring and construct this useful potting bench with built-in sink and tap... more
Make a succulent planter
Lean-to glasshouse

Go green and construct this handy lean-to glasshouse from recycled window frames... more
Make a succulent planter
Succulent hanger

Winter might be here, but you can still create a bright spot with a little bit of handiwork... more
Make a fire pit or coffee table
Fire pit/coffee table

Keep warm in the cooler weather with this easy to build fire pit or coffee table... more
How to build a plant nursery
Plant nursery

Keep plants protected and strike successful cuttings... more
Concrete block planters
Succulent colour

Add bold lashings of vibrancy to your space with bright mini gardens... more
Make a rack to store your fruit and veges
Pallet planter

Old pallets are the ideal building blocks for a smart, upcycled planter.... more
Make a rack to store your fruit and veges
Rack it up

A space-saving produce rack is great for storing your garden bounty... more
Make a frame to hang your pot plants
Indoor plant frame

Show off your favourite plants on this easy-to-make display... more
DIY shade cloth
DIY shade cloth

Escape the hot summer sun with this nifty shade cloth... more
Make a wooden hammock
Garden hammock

Here’s a great addition to the backyard that will see you enjoying the lazy days of summer in style... more
Make a wooden christmas tree
Pallet Christmas tree

Create a festive splash of colour in the garden with this easy-to-build recycled Christmas tree decoration... more
Make a bug hotel
Bug hotel

Let the bugs check in for a five-star experience in this upmarket hotel made from reclaimed materials... more
Make a bean frame
Runner bean frame

Go green this summer and grow your own runner beans on this easy-to-build bean frame... more
Paint a wicker basket
Brighten up the season's harvests

Treat some old wicker baskets to some ombre-inspired shading in your favourite hues... more
Make a vertical planter
Vertical planter

This upright planter is ideal for where space is limited... more
Make a wheelbarow planter
Wheelbarrow planter

It’s easy to create this fun wheelbarrow planter – perfect for showing off a display of seasonal colour... more
Storage planter
Storage planter

A new planter box - one that serves as a place to stash plant pots or tuck a hose out of sight too... more
Feed the birds
Feed the birds

Now that it is getting colder, it is time to think about providing food for your garden birds... more
Vertical greenhouse
Vertical glasshouse

Create this fabulous upright glasshouse from recycled wooden window... more
Build a vertical wall planter
A place for potted plants

Go vertical with this easy-to-build plant display stand – perfect for showing off your potted beauties... more
Make a potted rose planter
DIY rose planter

Create this classic rose planter from landscaping timber and trellis battening... more
Herb planter
Stacked herb planter

A simple yet stylish herb planter that uses four differently sized terracotta pots... more
Pyramid planter
Pyramid planter

Go vertical with this stylish pyramid planter - perfect for adding some instant height... more
Build a raised tree bed
Raised tree bed

Create a stylish raised bed that’s perfect for adding instant extra height when planting a smaller tree... more
Tree arbour
A great garden arbour

Create a stylish arbour that’s perfect for espaliering a pair of fruit trees... more
Create a traditional summer house
Summer retreat

If the new year means a new shed, why not turn the old one into a traditional summer house?... more
Outdoor shelves
Outdoor shelves

Create a smart outdoor shelving unit that’s perfect for displaying... more
Make a DIY Water Feature
DIY Water Feature

Create a simple and stylish mini water feature... more
Make a bamboo bean frame
Make a bamboo bean frame

Make a simple bamboo growing frame, perfect for beans... more
Make a compost bin
Build a bin

Create a simple and inexpensive compost bin... more
Plant suport arch
Plant support arch

Frame a favourite piece of garden art and support two climbing plants... more
DIY Cold Frame
DIY cold frame

It’s surprisingly easy to create a handy cold frame... more
Espalier fruit tree support frame
Espalier support frame

Create a sturdy wooden support to espalier an existing fruit tree... more
Make a mini raised garden bed
Transform your patch

An old wooden fence and drab corner of the garden is transformed... more
Chalkboard planter
Chalkboard planter

A kitchen asset, this will keep your favourite flavours within reach... more
BBQ unit with chopping board
BBQ unit with chopping board

A clever outdoor unit to complement your outdoor food prep area.... more
Wall-mounted cold frame
Wall-mounted cold frame

Make a space-efficient winter garden essential... more
Upcycle a wheelbarrow
Upcycle a wheelbarrow

Turn that rust bucket of a wheelbarrow into something flash... more
Reclaimed storage rack
Reclaimed storage rack

Upcycle a pallet and old kitchen forks to help keep garden tools... more
Tea for two
Tea for two

Spruce up old metal tables and chairs to transform... more
Tiered planter
Tiered planter

Create a simple tiered planter perfect for herbs or... more
A solar table light
Summer living

A solar table light will add atmosphere... more
Festive bunting
Festive bunting

There’s nothing like a fun flash of festive colour... more
One for the birds

It's easy to create this simple birdhouse... more
Cascading planter box
Cascading planter box

This planter box adds colour to any garden setting... more
How to repair and repaint your porch floor
Painting your porch

How to repair and repaint porches... more
How to build a potting bench
Potting bench

Make a potting bench from fence palings... more
How to build an inexpensive cold frame
Simple cold frame

Build a cold frame for your garden... more
Build a pallet and paling playhouse
Pallet playhouse

Create a playhouse using discarded wood... more
Stackable herb planters
Stackable herb planters

Build stackable herb planters... more
Refresh old trallis fencing with a clean and repaint
Fancy fencing

Refresh old trellis with Resene... more
Get creative with succulents in this table decoration
Succulent planter

Create this a wall display... more
Chic plant shelf made from recycled louvre door
Recycled plant shelf

Make a chic display shelf... more
Metallic finish on a concrete statue
Metallic statue

Paint a metallic masterpiece... view
Indoor plant stand
Indoor plant stand

Build a stylish indoor plant stand... view
Build a rustic birdhouse
Rustic birdhouse

Make a reclaimed wooden rustic birdhouse... view
An all-weather doormat
using grooved decking
Decking doormat

How to make a doormat using grooved decking... view
Garden art panel
Garden art panel

Create a decorative painted art panel... view
Wooden mailbox transformed with Resene metallic paint
Metallic mailbox
How to paint a mailbox with Resene Metallic paints... view
Two solutions to clean up a tired deck
Hit the deck

How to clean up a tired deck... view
Create tin can plant pots to hang on your fence
Tin can fence pots

Turn tin cans into vertical planters... view
How to create a simple hanging bird feeder
Mini bird feeder

How to create a simple hanging bird feeder... view
3 great ideas to keep your pots watered
Three ways to water pots

Make these pot 'waterers' for summer... view
Give a tired deck a new lease of life with Resene Wood OIl Stain
Dynamic decking

How to refresh your deck... view
Grow salad greens or beautiful flowers in an old plastic barrow
A barrow of blooms

Stylish summer potted colour planter... view
A plant display using an old window frame
Window plant display

Create this plant display from a window frame... view
A whirligig bird scarer
Daisy bird scarer

How to build a simple whirligig bird scarer... view
Build a patio drinks table from recycled timber
Recycled drinks table

Build a patio drinks table from recycled timber... view
How to build a wooden window box
Wooden window box
How to build a wooden window box... view
Winter planter
Winter planter

Transform a terracotta pot into a bright planter... view
Recycled pallet planter
Recycled pallet planter

Make a wooden pallet into a space-saving planter... view
Hanging peg box
Hanging peg box

How to make this colourful
hanging peg box... view
Make some simple outdoor shelves for displaying potted plants
Outdoor shelves

How to create simple outdoor shelves... view
Create this simple display ladder for your favourite potted plants
Pot ladder shelves

How to build these ladder shelves... view
Build an outdoor coffee table
Outdoor coffee table

Create this simple outdoor coffee table... view
Blackboard cupboard
Blackboard cupboard

Make a blackboard cupboard for the shed... view
Christmas tree table decoration
Christmas decoration

Create this simple outdoor table Christmas tree... view
Make these colourful worm towers to improve your garden
Worm towers

How to make these colourful worm towers... more
Dragonfly art from recycled bed legs
Dragonfly art

Recycle bed legs become dragonflies... view
Indoor/outdoor chair
Indoor/outdoor chair

Turn an old wooden kitchen chair into patio furniture... view
Staining a timber fence
Stained timber fence

How to smarten up a timber fence... view
Picnic table
Picnic table

Paint a wooden picnic table - a new lease of life... view
Seed storage unit
Green seed drawers

Make this seed storage unit from recycled materials... view
Raised bed with seat
Raised bed with seat

Build this stylish raised bed from landscaping timber... view
Decorative hanging planter
Wall plant display

How to make a hanging plant display... view
Growing box for seedlings
Growing box

Create this nifty growing box and newspaper pots... view
Garden art panel
Garden art panel

Make this bright tulip garden art panel... view
Plywood mailbox
Plywood mailbox

How to paint a new plywood mailbox... view
DIY Compost Bin
Compost bin

How to make a nifty composter... view
Fragrant outdoor solar light
Fragrant solar light

Create this fragrant outdoor solar light... view

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