Your garden is your sanctuary, and you want to make the most out of the space you have available. There are always little DIY projects that you can do to transform your outdoor space and make it your dream garden. If you want to use stone for your garden but you want to save money on something other than natural stone, faux stone is a great alternative. In this article, we will look at some of the ways that you can use faux stone to give your garden a DIY upgrade.
Transform Your Fence
If your fence has seen better days or just does not go with the rest of your garden. You can easily install faux stone on your existing fence to completely transform and upgrade it.
Add a Water Feature
Adding a water feature to your garden can give it a tranquil feeling. If you already have a fountain in your garden, you can use faux stone to upgrade it and give it a whole new look and feel. You can also buy a fountain or build your own and add faux stone to it.
Make Faux Stone Flowerpots
Part of having a beautiful and unique garden is having some beautiful flowerpots to plant them in. A unique way to use faux stone is to build your own DIY flowerpots. If you are doing a bigger faux stone project, this is a great use of your leftover materials. You will end up having flowerpots that match your bigger project.
Add a Patio Bar
If you have the space, adding a bar to your patio can be great for entertaining. These can be pretty easy to build, and you can install faux stone on the sides of the bar to give it a beautiful and classic look.
Add Bench Seating
If you have bench seating in your garden, you can use faux stone to line the sides of it to make it a beautiful and timeless seating. You can line the back of the seating as well to make it look more continuous.
Surround a Fire Pit
If you have a fire pit in your yard, you can use faux stone to surround it to make it look more natural and beautiful. Outdoor fireplaces are also popular, and you can use faux stone on that as well.
Faux Stone Deck Skirting
If you have a deck in your yard, you can use faux stone to create some DIY deck skirting, which will transform it and it can improve the curb appeal of your home too. If you do not have a deck, but the skirting on your home could use an improvement, you can instead use faux stone to update that.
Another way you can use faux stone is by updating the siding of your home around the patio. You can choose a color of faux stone that matches or complements your garden, so it will all tie together beautifully.
DIY Retaining Wall
If there is a retaining wall in your garden, you can line it with faux stone to change up its look and feel. You can also build a retaining wall and then install it on that retaining wall.
Other DIY Garden Upgrades
Now that we have looked at the fun DIY projects that you can do with faux stone, let’s take a look at some other upgrades you can do to your garden.
A fun and popular garden upgrade is to create a vertical garden wall. You can take potted plants and hang them along a specific wall, giving the wall itself some natural beauty and giving you more room to plant your favorites.
Another option for a vertical garden is using an old ladder to put the plants on. It can be beautiful and can give you a great use for that old ladder that has been sitting in your garage forever.
Make a Quiet Corner
Your garden is your sanctuary, so creating a small corner that is just for you to sit and relax in is a great idea. Choose one corner of the yard to add comfortable seating to, keep it covered, and plant some of your favorite flowers nearby. Make it your corner where you can sit and relax at the end of a long day.
Brighten Up Old Seating
If your seating is getting old and has seen better days, instead of buying new seating, you can paint the old seats a new color and get some new cushion covers for them. Give them some cheerful colors that complement your new color scheme.
Turn Old Jars into Planters
If you have a bunch of old jars or tins in your home, you can give them new life by turning them into planters for small flowers or herbs. Make sure that if you do this, you sand down any sharp edges first, so you will not cut yourself on them. And if you are planting something edible, ensure that the container you are repurposing is food safe. To ensure proper drainage for your plants, drill or poke holes in the bottom of the tin or put a layer of stones in the bottom of the jars.
Add a Mirror
If you have a smaller yard and you want to make it feel a little bigger, you can add a mirror to it. These are a great way to create the illusion that there is more space in the yard than it looks like. If there is a smaller, gloomy corner of the garden, the mirror can brighten it up a little more.
Add New Lighting
Lighting is important both indoors and out. Changing out the lighting in your garden can give it a whole new look and feel. You can string up some outdoor lights — there are lots of options to choose from, from fairy lights to color-changing lights. You can also get some lights you put in the ground, lining any walkways in the yard so you can always see where you are going.
About the Author
Auz Burger is a freelance writer and an expert in faux stone and brick veneer and home DIY projects. She has a BA from Washington State University and has been writing and editing professionally for over a decade.