Easy garden project ideas

Resene and Kiwi Gardener have joined forces to provide projects suitable for all DIY'ers to tackle to brighten the great outdoors. We hope that you find them inspiring to brighten up your back yard.

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 Ė 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
Build a vertical wall 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
Build a vertical wall planter.
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 windows... 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
Tree arbour
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 thatís perfect for adding instant extra height when planting a smaller tree... more
Tree arbour
A great garden arbour

Create a stylish arbour thatís 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
How to make a herb 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
Build stackable planter boxes from reclaimed timber, ideal for your herbs
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
How to transform a terracotta pot into a bright and cheerful planter for some potted winter colour
Winter planter

Transform a terracotta pot into a bright planter... view
How to turn an old wooden pallet into a nifty space-saving upright planter
Recycled pallet planter

Make a wooden pallet into a space-saving planter... view
Make a colourful hanging peg box from treated plywood
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
Shimmering contemporary pot
Contemporary pot

How to make a pot into an elegant planter... view
How to make a stylish seat
Make a seat

How to make a stylish Cape Cod like seat... view
Herb planter shelves
Herb planter shelves

How to make herb planter shelves.. view
Recycled planter shelves from an old pallet
Pallet planter shelves

Build these planter shelves from an old pallet... view
Colourful terracotta clock
Colourful times

How to make a clock into an eye-catching feature... view
Revamp a stucco wall
Stunning stucco

Repaint an old stucco wall to create a rich backdrop... view
Hanging herb basket
Hanging herb basket

Keep your herbs handy in this kitchen colander... view
A terracotta pot becomes a charming wine cooler
Wine cooler

How to make this charming wine cooler... view
Timber planter
Planter with punch

Build this attractive, easy-to-make planter... view
Make a candle holder
Night light

Make this draughtproof outdoor candle holder... view
Make a potting bin
Make a potting bin

Recycle an school desk as a box for potting gear... view
Hanging wall planter for herbs
Hang up herbs

Make a simple wall planter for herbs and plants... view
Garden art
Garden art ahoy

Craft this striking panel with zincalume... view
Scary scarecrow
Birds beware

Spaceman scarecrow is a fun project... view
Scary cat statue
Scary cat

How to mould a concrete ornamental cat... view
Wooden bulb planter
Set for spring

How to make a bulb planter... view
Lazy susan for outdoor dining
Lazy Susan's

Put a chintzy spin on outdoor dining... view
Aluminium weather vane
There she blows

Make a kiwi weather vane... view
Make a handy patio trolley
Trolley time

Build a handy patio cart... view
Frame for climbing plants
Hold 'em up

A quick and easy frame for climbing plants... view
Build a bumblebee box
Build a bumblebee box

Build a bumblebee box for these garden friends... view
Garden storage cupboard
Lock 'em up

An old kitchen cupboard turns into garden storage... view
Garden statue makeover
Ornamental task

Give a concrete garden statue a makeover... view
A small easily made vegetable garden
Raise 'em up

Make this raised bed for veggies or flowers... view
Build a bird house
Home tweet home

Build yourself a plywood bird house... view
Plant tower
It's a frame up

Make your own a plant tower... view
Wooden walkway
Wooden garden path

Build a soggy ground walkway... view
How to make a wooden garden gate
Kiwi garden gate

Make kiwi themed small garden gate... view
Mini greenhouse project
Mini greenhouse

How to make a plastic greenhouse... view
Potting bench with wheels
Potting bench

How to make an moveable unit... view
A storage and memo board
Chalk it up

Create a storage and memo board... view
Sit and store handy storage bench
Sit and store

How to build a handy storage bench... view
Build a stained wooden fences
Stained wooden fence

How to build and stain a stylish timber fence... view
Build a garden glasshouse
Going under cover
Protect your plants with our DIY glasshouse... view
Beautify an old bench
Beautify an old bench

Beautify your wooden benches... view
Build this classic gate for your entranceway

Build this classic gate for your entranceway... view
Create this stylish table with a beaten copper effect
Shine an outdoor table

Create this stylish table with a beaten copper effect... view
An eye catching water feature
Water feature

Make this easy eye-catching water feature... view
A striking art deco style sunflower frame
Sunny side up

Create a striking art deco style sunflower frame... view
Make this striped potato box
Simply made for spuds

Make this striped potato box... view
Decorate a kitset table
Turn the tables

Decorate a picnic table... view
Create this metallic-effect window box
A window box

Create this metallic-effect window box... view
Make a garden bench and screen
Bench seat and screen

Make a bench seat with an attached screen... view
Garden project ideas and Resene Paints
Mail order

Create this art deco style letterbox... view
Brighten up an entranceway with a new concrete step
Brighten an entrance

How to make a new concrete step... view
Make a garden screen
Screen play

Construct this corrugated iron fence screen... view
Resene metallic effect painted pots
Metallic effect planters

Metallic masterpieces from simple terracotta forms... view
Build a tool cupboard
A home for your tools

Build a storage cupboard for gardening equipment... view
Garden project ideas and Resene Paints
Copper concealment

How to make square trellising... view
Decorate a strawberry planter
Strawberry Planter

Make a watering device for a strawberry planter... view
Garden seat finished with resene paint
Take a seat

How to make a Japanese-style bench... view
Refurbishing a deck
All decked out

Refurbishing your tired decks and seating... view

Further garden project ideas by Kiwi Gardener

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