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Thrifty DIY Cottage Garden-Inspired Crafts

Happy Sunday friends! Today I am sharing some thrifty DIY cottage-garden inspired crafts for Vintage Cottage Weekends. These are all super quick and easy, and you can pick up the supplies to make them inexpensively at a thrift shop or at any Dollar Store.


A Little Free Thyme Thrifted Basket Makeover

I love spending free “thyme” in the garden, and dressing it up a bit with my thrifted finds. This sweet basket was only a quarter at a yard sale. I gave it a little makeover and filled  it with a little bit of free thyme growing prolifically in my garden.


Always keep your eye open for baskets at yard sales and thrift shops. With a little acrylic paint or chalk paint you can give them a new look. Check out the post for the easy details.


DIY Vintage Copper Patina Dollar Store Garden Stake Makeover

Diy Vintage Copper Garden Stake

Last year I spotted a plastic hummingbird for $1 at the Dollar Store. I thought it would be so cute in my hummingbird garden, but I wasn’t crazy about the green plastic finish. I used some copper and green paints to create a faux verdigris green paint finish.  Now the hummingbird looks like an expensive, weathered copper accent in my garden.


Beautiful French Country Lavender Pots DIY

Five Minute DIY French Country Lavender Peat Pots

This tutorial on how to make super pretty white washed peat pots filled with faux lavender from Dollar Tree has been one of the most popular projects I have shared on my blog. Aren’t they so sweet? They also look cute filled with Dollar Tree moss and faux succulents.


Cute Dollar Tree Craft Idea French Country Farmhouse Lavender Pots



DIY Painted Garden Birds Dollar Store Hack Mother's Day Gift idea

DIY Painted Garden Birds Easy Dollar Store Hack

Last year I gifted my mom two sweet “vintage” garden birds.  Again, a little acrylic paint worked wonders to give two ordinary resin bluebirds vintage cottage garden style. She loved them!




Give a Book a New Look

The Dollar Tree always has the prettiest calendars that can be used for various crafts. A few years ago I picked up a beautiful vintage botanicals calendar just for the pretty pictures. Last year I used a picture of butterflies and botanicals to make a book cover for a free butterfly book I picked up from the school library discard cart. 




Easy Mod Podge Garden Stake Makeover

I also updated an old garden stake using a small graphic from the back of the calendar and modge podge. 




VIntage dishes totem bird feeder

Vintage Dishes Birdfeeder

Vintage dishes are quintessential vintage-cottage style indoors, so why not bring the indoors out to create vintage-cottage garden style? Check out the post above to see how easy it is to create a unique bird feeder or garden art using vintage dishes.



My Vintage Cottage Weekend partner Debra is getting a head start on Memorial Day with her Easy Patriotic Decor with Vintage Flags. Be sure to stop by and check out her wonderful ideas!



These are just a few of my favorite thrifty cottage-garden inspired crafts! I have a few new ones in the works, so I will share another round up later this spring or early summer. Which is your favorite? I love hearing from you!


Thanks for visiting!


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  • Reply Debbie-Dabble

    All great ideas!! Thanks for sharing!!

    May 2, 2022 at 7:28 am
  • Reply debra@commonground

    so many cute garden ideas, Amber. Love the butterfly graphics!!

    May 2, 2022 at 9:05 am
  • Reply Rachel

    I love all these ideas!! They are all so lovely and creative!!

    May 2, 2022 at 9:46 pm
  • Reply Barbara at Mantel and Table

    Paint is the most amazing thing, and in your hands, it’s extra fabulous! I LOVE your hummingbird re-do! Who would have ever thought? 😉 Hopping over there next for the step by step. Thanks a million!

    May 5, 2022 at 2:16 pm
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