5 Easy Gardening Projects to Tackle on Earth Day

Get your hands dirty (and save the planet) this Earth Day.

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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

DIY Planter Boxes

DIY Planter Boxes

Clever uses for old pallets are never-ending on the interwebs, but sometimes you just want to keep it simple... like upcycling a few old pallet planks into this easy, breezy budget-friendly DIY planter box you can build in about an hour!

Photo by: © Rustic White Photography, LLC

© Rustic White Photography, LLC

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

DIY Upcycled Bird Feeder

DIY Upcycled Bird Feeder

Make this clever, upcycled DIY bird feeder in less than an hour, then get ready for some amazing birdwatching.

Photo by: Brian Patrick Flynn, Flynnsideout.com

Brian Patrick Flynn, Flynnsideout.com

Encourage birds to come to your yard with a DIY bird feeder made with an embroidery hoop.

Start Composting

Compost Pail

Compost Pail

A brushed stainless steel compost pail resists odors and cleans up easily. Wash by hand or in the dishwasher to keep it in good-as-new condition.

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Many people don't compost because they think it's too difficult, but it's actually quite easy.

Plant a Vegetable Garden

Vegetable Harvest Tips

Vegetable Harvest Tips

When your veggie garden is in full production mode, it can be a challenge to keep up with the harvest. These tips will help you bring in the produce efficiently so you can get to the best part: eating!

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

You can plant a vegetable garden whether you live in a rural or urban setting.

25 Ways to Upcycle Your Old Stuff

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Trash Can Planters

If you're a beginner gardener and don't know how much sunlight each plant needs, consider making your garden mobile. To do this, attach casters to galvanized metal trash cans and fill with your favorite flowers.

Porch Rail Coat Rack

An old porch rail works great as a functional coat rack for a mudroom or kid's room. All it needs is fresh paint and hooks.

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.

From: Erinn Valencich

Shutter Headboard

Layla Palmer added visual height to her bedroom by placing old wooden shutters behind her bed. To give them a coastal, cottage look, paint them in fresh, light colors. For added visual effect, alternate the colors of each shutter.

Mason Jar Lanterns

Creating a soft, intimate glow in your yard is simpler than you think. To illuminate your outdoor space, place tea light candles in Mason jars and hang them with shepherd's hooks.

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.

Repurposed Art

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.

Ruler Clip-Art Rail

You probably have several rulers and yardsticks in your kid's school supplies stash. Get use out of some of them by gluing colorful clothespins to them and hanging them on the wall. You can use the clothespins to hang your kid's art projects and good grades.

Bold Nightstand

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.

Door Knocker Knobs

Door knockers add an intricate look to your home's exterior. Bring them indoors by giving them new purpose as knobs on your bathroom vanity or kitchen cabinets.

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.

Bench End Table

Layla Palmer transformed an old bench into a vintage end table. Using a bench provides plenty of surface space and storage underneath.

Nature-Inspired Sunburst Mirror

Collect sticks and twigs of varying lengths next time you're hanging out in your backyard. Glue them to a round mirror and spray-paint in your desired color to create a contemporary sunburst mirror.

Shutter Sofa Table

Shutters are key design elements in cottage style. Many people repurpose them as wall art or headboards. Layla used a shutter as the top surface of a sofa table to bring in soft lines common in cottage design.

Wallpaper Vanity

Wallpaper isn't just for your walls. Brian updated an old bathroom vanity with vinyl wallpaper — it gives any outdated bathroom a fresh, new look.

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.

Daybed With a Crib Mattress

If you're updating an old nursery, repurpose the crib mattress into a daybed for a cozy spot to read a book or for overnight guests.

Painted Brass Chandelier

Brass is a beautiful metal, but it may not fit in with your home's contemporary design. Brian painted this brass chandelier white to coordinate with the kitchen cabinets.

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.

Photo By: Sarah Wilson/Getty Images

Cardboard Drawer Dividers

Keep the packaging next time you buy a product. You can use the cardboard to create drawer dividers — they work great for socks, ties, jewelry or scarves as well as small desk items.

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.

Photo By: Sarah Wilson/Getty Images

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.

Photo By: Sarah Christine Wilson, Sarah Wilson/Getty Images

Outdoor Buffet Table

Use some sandpaper and spray paint to transform an old, damaged dresser that's been collecting dust in your attic into a buffet table or bar area perfect for an outdoor sitting room.

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.

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