5 Easy Gardening Projects to Tackle on Earth Day
Get your hands dirty (and save the planet) this Earth Day.
Recognized by nearly 200 countries, Earth Day is our chance to show our appreciation for the planet we live on and ensure it has a long-lasting future. You can celebrate in several ways, like donating to or volunteering for your favorite environmental organization, vowing to eat all organic foods or simply spreading the word on environmental issues.
At HGTV, we celebrate with a slew of inspiring outdoor projects you can do to show your love for our planet. So put on your gardening gloves and try our five favorite projects for Earth Day and beyond.
Upcycled Wood Planters
Plant your favorite flowers in a DIY planter made from old wood pallets.
Make It: Pallet Planter
Flower Seed Bombs
Your kids will love helping with this project, and all you need is scrap paper and seeds.
Care for Animals
Encourage birds to come to your yard with a DIY bird feeder made with an embroidery hoop.
Make It: Globe-Shaped Bird Feeder
Many people don't compost because they think it's too difficult, but it's actually quite easy.
Plant a Vegetable Garden
You can plant a vegetable garden whether you live in a rural or urban setting.
Old Cabinet With Antique Charm
The key to upcycling is being able to see the beauty in an old, damaged piece of furniture. Erinn Valencich found an old cabinet at a flea market and repurposed it as an antique bathroom vanity, bringing a charming look to this bathroom.
Stair-Post Kid's Desk
The best part of upcycling is taking an old piece of furniture and creating a custom-made piece with new life. Designer Brian Patrick Flynn made a colorful kid's desk using old stair posts and stain-grade plywood — the perfect spot for a kid to do homework.
Upcycling can be as simple as placing a frame around an architectural object, bringing new life to it as a stunning piece of art. Here Brian framed an old barn door and placed it over the bed to create a focal point.
Don't know what to do with that small, damaged table? Brian cut a table in half and painted it a bright color to give the tiny piece a bold look.
Bookshelf Turned Kid's Play Kitchen
You would never guess that the base of this kid's play kitchen is an old bookshelf. To get the look, use a cake pan as the sink and painted wooden play blocks as the faucet. Slide playful fabric on a tension rod, and place it in the shelf opening to create a sink skirt.
Eclectic Dining Chairs
Flea markets are full of seating options, but they rarely come in sets. Brian suggests buying chairs in different styles and painting and upholstering them in the same shade and fabric. The mix-and-match chairs will bring an eclectic look, but the color will unify them.
Kids' Craft Station
The Junk Gypsies sisters created a kids' mobile craft station using an old wooden spool. They attached wooden dowels to separate the stations and screwed on jar lids underneath the top surface to hold crafting tools.
Wine Bottle Table Lamp
Lighting is one of the easiest things to upcycle. You can turn practically any hollow object into a lighting source if you wire it. The Junk Gypsies sisters turned a large vintage wine bottle into an antique-inspired table lamp.
License Plate Room Divider
Sometimes the items you collect make the perfect objects for upcycling. If you love collecting license plates, attach them to metal chains to create a vintage room divider. You can use it to divide a basement, outdoor space or studio apartment.
Piano Coffee Table
The Junk Gypsies sisters love scouring thrift shops for treasures, like this set of piano keys. They added a wooden frame and legs and topped them with a piece of plexiglass to create a coffee table that fits right in a music or theater room.
Outdoor Buffet Table
Lab Container Coffee Table
Don Short of West End Salvage used acryclic lab boxes from the '70s to make a sturdy coffee table. He stacked them in a spiral design and topped it with glass, proving you can make any unattractive object into a work of art.