Upcycle Unloved or Broken Crocks into Unique Garden Decorations

Upcycle Unloved or Broken Crocks into Unique Garden Decorations

Dig out a chipped cup that’s lingering at the back of a cupboard, a cracked plate that never gets used or a broken-handled jug you’ll never get round to mending, and use them to create some unique features for your garden. Old china is perfect for outdoor use, as it’ll survive all weathers, and it will bring a pretty burst of colour and pattern to your plot. If you haven’t got any old china for these projects, you’ll find lots of choice at charity shops or boot fairs for a few pounds – just make sure you don’t smash up a valuable piece of Ming or Minton! So why not put aside a couple of hours this weekend to get creative and turn a little corner of your garden into a chic china gallery? Don’t forget to post your pictures on our Facebook page.

Upcycle Unloved or Broken Crocks into Unique Garden Decorations

PRETTY POTS

China cups make great containers for dainty but delicious strawberries.

YOU WILL NEED

Old china cups Masking tape Fibre tip pen Drill with small masonry or ceramic drill bit Multi-purpose compost Small bare root fruit plants, we used strawberries, £7.99/5 primrose.co.uk.

Upcycle Unloved or Broken Crocks into Unique Garden Decorations

WHAT TO DO

Cover the base of each cup with masking tape and use the pen to mark a cross in the centre. Carefully drill a hole in the bottom of each cup where the cross is, then remove the masking tape. Turn upright and fill each cup three-quarters full with compost. Add the plant, fill with compost and gently firm down. Water and position in a sheltered, sunny spot.

TABLE TOPPER

This is so easy to do and looks amazing!

YOU WILL NEED

Large, medium and small plates Large and small jug Handful of small pebbles or gravel Cut flowers and foliage .

Upcycle Unloved or Broken Crocks into Unique Garden Decorations

WHAT TO DO

Place the large plate on your table, and stand the large jug in its centre. Half-fill the jug with pebbles/gravel to weigh it down. Place the medium plate on top of the jug, add the smaller jug and half-fill with pebbles/ gravel. Place the small plate on top. 3 Drizzle water onto each of the plates and add the blooms and foliage.

China cup and saucer Masking tape Fibre tip pen Drill with small masonry bit Strong wire, 3 x 80cm lengths Decorative beads Strong glue S-hook, £1.99 ironmongeryworld.com.

Upcycle Unloved or Broken Crocks into Unique Garden Decorations

WHAT TO DO

Cover the rim of the underside of the saucer with masking tape and mark three crosses on the outer edge. Drill small holes where the crosses are, then remove the masking tape. Feed each piece of wire through each hole, doubling them up so they’re approx 40cm long. Thread the beads onto each length, twist and tie at each end then tie all three ends together. Use the glue to fix the cup at an angle to the saucer. Add the S-hook to the wire hanger, fill the cup with bird food and hang in the garden.

Upcycle Unloved or Broken Crocks into Unique Garden Decorations

MODERN MOSAIC

We love this surrealist-style face pot idea from mosaicist Kaye Gilhooly @thegoddessofcolour.

YOU WILL NEED Thick nibbed waterproof marker pen, black Large square terracotta pot Craft tile nippers, £5.95 amazon.co.uk Pieces of china GorillaWeld 2-Part Epoxy, £5.49 ebay.co.uk Putty knife/grout spreader ✽ Mapei Waterproof Fix & Grout Tile Adhesive, £7.28/1.5kg toolstation.com Damp sponge and sandpaper SRP Spray-On Tile and Grout Sealer Aerosol, £11.95/500ml amazon.co.uk.

Upcycle Unloved or Broken Crocks into Unique Garden Decorations

Draw Snip t p g nippers and lay them on the pot to fill the face Dab glue on the back of each piece of china and stick in place. Allow to dry. Repeat this process on the three remaining sides of the pot, then add more pieces of nipped tiles around the rim. Leave to dry. Spread the grout all over the surface of the mosaic pieces. Make sure the rim is grouted too Clean the grout off the surface of the china pieces using the sponge. Leave to dry for around 30 minutes, then buff to remove any excess. Spray with the grout sealer. Once completely dry, use the marker pen to colour the grout around the face shapes to highlight them.

Upcycle Unloved or Broken Crocks into Unique Garden Decorations

BUG HOTEL

Give a plain wooden buy a chic china upgrade, suggests Instagrammer Laura McKellar @lauramckellarmosaics.

YOU WILL NEED

Mapei Waterproof Fix & Grout Tile Adhesive, £7.28/1.5kg toolstation.com Putty knife/grout spreader Insect/bug hotel – try Wilko Insect House, £5 wilko.com Broken pieces of china SRP Spray-On Tile and Grout Sealer Aerosol, £11.95/500ml amazon.co.uk.

Upcycle Unloved or Broken Crocks into Unique Garden Decorations

WHAT TO DO

Apply a thick layer of the grout on one side of the roof and fix half the china pieces into place in your chosen design, then repeat on the other side of the roof. Allow to dry and then spray all over with he grout sealer.

YOU WILL NEED

GorillaWeld 2-Part Epoxy, £5.49 ebay.co.uk Broken pieces of matching china Old terracotta pot Putty knife/grout spreader Mapei Waterproof Fix & Grout Tile Adhesive, £7.28/1.5kg toolstation.com Damp sponge and sandpaper SRP Spray-On Tile and Grout Sealer Aerosol, £11.95/500ml amazon.co.uk Plant, we used a bedding begonia.

WHAT TO DO

Dab the glue on the back of each piece of china and stick to the outside of the terracotta pot in the design of your choice. Allow to dry. Use the knife to spread the grout all over the surface of the mosaic china pieces. Make sure the rim and bottom edge are grouted too. Gently clean the grout off the surface of the china pieces using the damp sponge and smooth the rim and edge of the pot. Leave to dry for around 30 minutes, then buff to remove any excess. Spray with the grout sealer. Fill with compost and add your plant.

Upcycle Unloved or Broken Crocks into Unique Garden Decorations

TEA CUP CANDLESTICKS

How pretty are these for evening drinks on your patio?

YOU WILL NEED

Two china cups Wax Church Candles, £1.99/2 therange.co.uk Garden twine Leaves or sprigs of herbs.

WHAT TO DO

Turn a cup upside down. Light a candle and carefully tip it so a little melted wax drips onto the base of the cup. Quickly stand the candle on top, holding it in place for a minute until the wax hardens. 2 Repeat step 1 with the other cup and candle. 3 Tie a length of twine around each candle, tucking in a piece of foliage or herb sprig. 4 Arrange on your table and light the candles.

YOU WILL NEED

Black marker pen and gold pen Bird MDF Laser Cut Craft Blanks, from £1 The Fairydust Craft Shop, ebay.co.uk Pieces of china GorillaWeld.Part Epoxy, £5.49 ebay.co.uk. Putty knife/grout spreader Damp sponge and sandpaper SRP Spray-On Tile and Grout Sealer Aerosol, £11.95/500ml amazon.co.uk Drill with small screwdriver Piece of ribbon.

WHAT TO DO

Draw a bird design on the MDF.Stick the china on the MDF. Allow to dry. Use the knife to spread the grout all over the surface of the mosaic china pieces. Clean the grout off the surface of the china. Leave to dry for around 30 minutes, then buff to remove any excess. Outline the shape of the bird’s wing and the beak using the gold marker pen. Draw an eye using the black pen. 6 Spray with the grout sealer. Allow to dry then drill a small hole in the top of the bird, feed through the ribbon and tie. Hang in your garden. You can buy this mosaic ready-made by Diane, £20 chinapetals.co.uk

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