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32 Charming Vintage Garden Decor Ideas You Can DIY

Nothing makes me happier than vintage garden decor and ideas. Below are some fantastic vintage garden decor ideas for transforming vintage items into display pieces in your lawn or garden.

This list offers something lovely for every garden you can imagine, from cramming old buckets with mud and flowers to turning an old chair into a succulent planter.


32 Charming Vintage Garden Decor Ideas You Can DIY

If you want to add flowers to a little or large space while keeping extra elegance, vintage or retro styles are the way to go. Image source: DiynCrafts

Vintage Garden Decor Ideas

Vintage or retro styles are the way to go if you want to add flowers to a small or large space while maintaining extra elegance.

I enjoy using rusted or aged items such as old milk bottles and doors, as well as wooden barrels, baskets, old sinks, and bed frames.

These are excellent methods for creating a distinct design that you will not find in any other garden but will fall in love with seeing on your own.

Where Can I Find Vintage Items for My Garden

If you don’t already have any old stuff on hand, you should start looking! I enjoy attending yard sales, estate sales, and flea markets. Sometimes you might locate products that fit the retro style in a local thrift shop.

Of course, going out and shopping isn’t always easy right now, so I like to find things online when possible. Etsy is my go-to shopping site in this case.

People are continuously selling updated thrift stuff or their personal vintage collections. Here are a couple of my current favorites.


Antique Wire Frame Chair with Antique Plates

Old chair against fence

This ancient wooden fence is created with antique components. The wire-framed chair is devoid of cushions, instead holding a lovely planter loaded with light pink flowers and greenery.

This effect is enhanced by the naturally growing ground covering that surrounds the chair. A few basic pink and green themed antique dishes and placards hang above the chair on the fence.

Old Ice Cream Freezer Planter - Charming Vintage Garden Decor Ideas You Can DIY

Petunias, calibrachoa, and verbena in a disused ice cream freezer; nicotiana, lobelia, and petunias in an ancient oak barrel. Image source: organizedclutter.net


Old Ice Cream Freezer Planter

Whiskey barrel with red flowers

This gardener utilized an ancient ice cream freezer to add beautiful crimson and pink highlights to their deck.

This, combined with an ancient wood barrel, was transformed into one-of-a-kind flower pots that provide both beauty and usefulness in a vintage design.


Upcycled Sewing Desk Planter

Upcycled sewing desk

An old sewing desk can be simply transformed into a lovely planter. Add a flower pot basket on a low rack beneath the desk.

A reclaimed piece of wood on top of the desk is the ideal spot for a simple wooden window planter packed with flowing purple and white flowers and rich greens.


Vintage Bucket Garden on Steps

Old flower pot fairy gardens

This gardener’s steps are beautifully ornamented with simple flower pots constructed from vintage objects. On the top step, they made a lovely vintage-styled fairy garden out of a cracked terra cotta pot.

The second stage involves decorating an antique bucket with a sweet tiny fairy garden flag and stunning purple flowers. The bottom step features a vintage beautiful planter with purple and white flowers and white pebbles in the fairy garden style.


Antique Bucket Tipsy Planter

Topsy turvy galvanized buckets of flowers

These floating planters make a great statement piece out of old buckets while also serving as flower pots for your favorite plants. The base for this topsy turvy or tipsy type design is a huge galvanized bucket on the bottom.


Hanging Antique Washtub Planter

galvanized bucket with pink flowers - vintage garden decor ideas

That old galvanized washtub is ideal for suspending above a lawn or garden with a planter hook or even a bird feeder hook.

Fill the bottom half of the container with soil and flowing plants for a lovely aesthetic that brings vitality to your garden or sidewalk.


Thrifted Vintage Garden Tour

This video takes you on a tour of a vintage garden from beginning to end. I like how this depicts the process from the beginning, when they cleared old weeds and trees, to the small accents that add color and energy to the space.


Galvanized Washtub Climbing Trellis

Vintage bucket with trellis

For a wonderful climbing garden, this ancient washtub is coupled with a simple trellis. Antique watering cans are used as accents around the planter to bring life and beauty to the space.

If desired, you may easily add more flowers sprouting from the watering cans.


Vintage Wooden Wheel Barrow Planter

Flowers in wheelbarrow - vintage garden decor ideas

Turn an old wooden wheelbarrow into a lovely plant stand. This is ideal for storing a variety of flower pots, including vintage wash barrels, watering cans, and even ancient milk jugs.


Rusty Antique Wheel Barrow Filled with Flowers

Wheelbarrow with white and pink flowers - vintage garden decor ideas

Another creative use for rusted classic metal wheelbarrows is to fill them with dirt and flowers.

This is a lovely small addition to any place, but it’s also great for growing flowers without having to worry about weeds or grass getting in the way.


Rustic Birdhouse and Milk Jug Garden Accents

Birdhouses on shelf - vintage garden decor ideas

Classic old wooden birdhouses, along with a few empty and slightly rusted milk jugs or galvanized buckets, make an excellent addition to any yard or garden. To create a delightful vintage aesthetic, put them to a fence railing or around a tree.


Antique Doorknob Herb Drying Rack

Vintage doorknbos on wall

Collect vintage doorknobs that have rusted out and fasten them to your walls made of reclaimed wood. These are perfect for using as decor with a fresh floral wreath or bouquet, or for drying herbs and flowers for later use.


Mason Jar Twinkle Lights

Fairy lights in garden

Using wonderful twinkle lights inside vintage, rustic mason jars is a lovely way to illuminate your lawn and yard. Add the lights inside through a hole in the lid that has been drilled, then suspend from a pergola, railing, or even an awning.

Rustic Wire Mannequin Planter - Charming Vintage Garden Decor Ideas You Can DIY

When combined with baby’s breath and light-colored wildflowers, this makes a stunning accent in any lawn or garden. Image source: EdenMakers Blog


Rustic Wire Mannequin Planter

For a charming, one-of-a-kind, vintage appearance, place an old vintage mannequin within a planter. This creates a gorgeous accent in any lawn or garden, together with pale wildflowers and babies breath.

Stacked Vintage Buckets and Barrels

Stacked galvanized buckets

Sometimes, all you need is to stack things up together to make them look amazing. Add a few accent flowers or some greenery here and there, and you have a great statement piece in your garden that brings your love of all things vintage together.

Rusty Bed Frame Railing

Rusty bedframe in garden

An old rusty bed frame surrounded by trailing vines and greenery is sometimes all you need to turn your garden into a vintage oasis. This is a great way to upcycle something that would otherwise become trash.

Old Window Vintage Planter

This video is a perfect tutorial for how to make a fun vintage window planter box using an old window and reclaimed wood along with your favorite plants. I love the basic greenery in this one, but you could easily add any flowers you wanted to this and turn it into a beautiful planter with tons of color.

Vintage French Picnic Garden Decor

French white desk and chairs

A classic white table with one wicker chair, one metal chair, and a beautiful round mirror is a great way to accent a garden area. An old wooden bench and some lanterns along with beautiful flowing greenery and rose vines make this an ideal vintage garden design.

Hanging Wooden Fruit Boxes

Vintage fruit box planters on wall

Add a few flowers and some rustic twine elements to these old wooden fruit boxes and hang them alongside a garden gate, fence, or even house wall to create a cute vintage look that you’ll love. This option also includes some moss below along the

Grown Up Vintage Tea Party Garden

Retro tea setting in garden

A table with vintage cloths and a rustic old birdhouse make for the perfect location to have a classic tea party outdoors. Add a wooden bench in a vintage pastel color or weathered look to complete the setup. A few sprigs of fresh flowers on the table bring this look together.

Vintage Garden Shelf with Wicker Chair

Rustic bench in garden

Another simple layout for adding beauty against a fence line is this fun little accent table with chair. I love how they added those vintage water pitchers, kettles, and antique canisters to make this vintage design pop.

Vintage Statuary with Rustic Planters

Concrete statue in garden

There is nothing more vintage than an old statue in a garden. This is a beautiful addition to a rustic gazebo or greenhouse. This goes perfectly with old ceramic or galvanized planters.

Stacked Shelf Garden

Vintage box and ladder by window

Sometimes, all you need is a few vintage fruit boxes, a small ladder, and some antique planters to create a vintage garden. This is great for a small space where stacking your planters is necessary for keeping things confined. You can still create a stunning garden with only a few items and some of your favorite succulents or greens.

Vintage Drawers Upcycled Into Planters

Succulents in drawers

Sometimes an old dresser or wardrobe isn’t able to be saved, but the drawers are still in good shape. Add some soil and stones, then create a beautiful succulent planter. Stack them together randomly to make them look more like a flowing waterfall of plants, and you have a gorgeous vintage styled garden.

Succulent Chair Planter

Old chair succulent garden

An old vintage chair can be turned into a fun little planter by removing the cushions. Add a moss planter to the seat and secure with some chicken wire or twine and then put your favorite succulents all around to create a beautiful little addition to any garden space.

Red Radio Flyer Wagon Planter

Flowers in wagon

I will never forget the old radio flyer wagon my dad had from his childhood. I love the idea of pulling it into a garden space and adding a ton of my favorite flowers to create a gorgeous garden that can be pulled anywhere in the yard. This one is super cute as a fairy garden design! I love how pretty it is and how versatile you could make your own.

Vintage Outdoor Decor Tour

This video showcases not just one or two ideas, but an entire vintage garden setup with little accents around the outdoor space. Whether it’s old hanging storage with antique pictures or a stunning vintage flower pot setup, this is a great idea video for your own garden.

Vintage Scale Planter

Flowers in vintage scale

I am absolutely in love with old vintage scales, and this one is the perfect one to hang in a corner of your garden or deck and add a few flowers. Just dump some dirt into the scale and add your flowers. A perfect addition to any garden or porch.

Vintage Planter Wall Hangings

Vintage boxes on house

Old wood and galvanized boxes and planters are added to a house or barn wall and filled with small potted plants. This is a rustic and easy to make design that utilizes antique items while bringing life with new flowers.

Reclaimed Door and Table Bar

Upcycled door bar

A fun addition to any outdoor space is your own little mini-bar. This reclaimed door, small table, and shelf combination is a perfect way to add a vintage element to a porch or gazebo. Adding a small bucket of ice below is perfect for keeping drinks chilled. This is especially handy for creating an outdoor drink station for parties or even a wedding.

Antique Sink Garden Planter

Old stink with vintage fabric skirt

An old sink can be mounted easily on a reclaimed wood pedestal to create a fun addition to any garden space. You can hook up to exterior water sources, or simply use this as a planting station. If wanted, you could add a few flowers inside with some soil and allow the natural drain to be the water drain for the flowers. How beautiful would that be?!

Old Metal Trough Planter

Flowers in trough

An old trough from a farm is the perfect planter for your garden! Fill with soil and a few favorite plants or green foliage. I love the idea of using this as an herb garden. It’s a great addition to any lawn or garden.

My favorite Etsy Vintage Garden Ideas

French Vintage Lanterns

French Vintage Lanterns

Garden Lanterns – Etsy.com

Rusty Hippo Lawn Art

Rusty Hippo Lawn Art

Rusty Hippo Lawn Art – Etsy.com

Metal Mailbox or Garden Organizer

Metal Mailbox or Garden Organizer

Old backpack Mailbox or garden organizer – Etsy.com

Metal Birds on a Branch

Metal Birds on a Branch

Metal Birds – Etsy.com

Vintage French Cast Iron Wall Fountain

Vintage French Cast Iron Wall Fountain

French Wall Fountains – Etsy.com




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