You probably haven't given it much thought, but your lawn is the perfect place to decorate with individualized flourishes. Think of it as a blank canvas ready to be painted. All you need are the "paints." To help get you started here's our guide to make your yard as unique as you are.
1. Gnomes...and More
This may be surprising, but we've noticed that lawn gnomes are in demand. The word "gnomes" is among popular searches on Internet auction sites. Retail outlets are featuring gnomes in lawn and garden sections. Buy any number of these cute, retro pieces and place them throughout your garden.
Other vintage items that could find a place in your yard include metal sculptures or statues. Find the pieces that say the most about your tastes and make them part of your statement.
2. Recycle the Unexpected
Show off your quirky side by recycling old furniture, tools and home items into interesting yard art. Use the old wheelbarrow as a planter. Mark the boundaries of a flower garden with an old brass or iron headboard. Maybe even get creative with the ancient lawnmower or the iron outdoor furniture you inherited from your aunt.
3. Shine Some Light
Light up your lawn with any one or more outdoor lighting techniques. Accentuate gardens, fountains, landscaping or any of your vintage sculptures or stepping stones with uplights, downlights, backlighting, solar or low voltage lights. Light the path entrance to your house or illuminate a way through your garden. Most hardware or home retail outlets should carry these types of outdoor lighting; design your own lighting scheme or find a friend to help. Make sure you enlist the expert help of an electrician, though, if you are dealing with wiring or complicated outdoor electrical patterns.
For a party or just for an overall festive feel, hang outdoor twinkle or party lights in trees, shrubs or along fences, railings and trellises. Paper lanterns, Tiki torches or metal lanterns can be fun focal points and left up all day long as an extra decorative touch. For ideas and products, search "party lights" on the Internet.
4. Create Your Own Steps
Keep your yard art on the "down low" by putting it in the ground. How? A popular craft right now is designing your own stepping-stones. Here's how to do it:
- ready-mix cement
- a container to shape your stones (like the top of a cake container from the grocery store or a box)
- decorative pieces like stained glass, sea glass, broken china, bottle caps, beads, shells or whatever pieces work for your taste.
Look on the Internet for a variety of beautiful materials to work with. If you're using a paper container to make your stone, line the container with plastic wrap to keep water from seeping through.
- Mix the cement according to the manufacturer's instructions and pour the cement into your stepping stone container. Two inches thick is about right for a stepping stone.
- Before the cement dries, embellish your stone with the decorative pieces. Some people like a random look; others craft a name or an image with the pieces. It's your yard, so it's your choice!
- Wait 24 hours for the cement to dry and remove the stepping stone.
- Place in your yard as you see fit. You could line a path to the backyard, create a tiny grouping or create a walkway through a garden.