24 Budget-Friendly Garden Ideas Straight From the Dollar Tree

Warmer days are ahead of us it’s time to turn your garden from ‘drab’ to ‘fab’! Creating a beautiful and inviting outdoor space doesn’t mean it has to cost a fortune.

Give new life to your outdoors with some easy and inexpensive ideas using recycled materials, repurposing items, or painting your existing garden accessories.

Transform your garden without breaking the bank with these 24 budget-friendly ideas sourced straight from the Dollar Tree. From DIY planters to decorative accents, discover how to create a stunning outdoor space on a dime.

Here are some Dollar Tree DIY ideas and ways to inspire your creativity and help you get started.

1. Geranium Tower

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Breath life and color to your outdoor space with a geranium tower!

Using stackable planters are an economical way to grow a lot of plants in a very small area using vertical space. 

The unique shape of these pots allows them to fit nicely into corners, making them a great space saving alternative to regular horizontal planters.

2. Strawberry Tower

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One of the most popular berries in the world, strawberries are ideal for growing vertically in stackable planters. Container grow your strawberries to save space and enjoy guaranteed strawberry production.

Hydroponically grown strawberries will produce more fruit than strawberries grown in soil. This is because you can provide just the right quantities of fresh nutrients and oxygen.

3. Mix

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Enjoy an attractive living centerpiece in your garden or balcony. Create an attractive tiered planter design using different color stackable planters.

A tower planted with petunias and other warm season annuals provides additional vertical interest and a bright pop of color all summer long.

4. Balcony Fresh

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The right color pots can not only enhance the beauty of your plants but also complement your outdoor or indoor space.

Bring joyful, quirky, and amazing vibes to your place by using pots and planters in the most beautiful colors, patterns, and designs.

Vibrant and colorful pots can add energy and liveliness to your outdoor space, while subtle and neutral shades can create a calming and sophisticated atmosphere.

5. Farmhouse Planter Box

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Charm with a rustic farmhouse planter box the perfect addition to any farmhouse or country home. The natural look of the planter looks great with green foliage and ornamental grasses.

Get creative and make your own one using some Dollar Tree items like sign boxes, paint sticks, acrylic paint, faux succulent, and glue.

6. Plant Stand

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Enjoy displaying your plants with this attractive and durable tiered plant stand. This country windmill plant stand is likely to be the focal point of your garden, balcony or terrace.

What’s great about it is that you can DIY it yourself. All you need is plant stakes for the sides, three wire baskets, cable ties, a small welcome sign, and a windmill propeller to top it.

7. Herb Boxes

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If you love the rustic French country décor, herb boxes are perfect for outdoor and indoor design elements. Decorate your home with vintage style herb boxes to add that touch of serenity and vertical interest.

You can buy a wood herb box set with hooks or if you’re handy enough make your own ones.

Fill the boxes inside with lovely faux herb plants or make them part of your seasonal decorating, either way they will bring a farmhouse chic touch.

8. 3D Bicycle

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If you’ve been looking to elevate your porch with that perfect piece of rustic wall décor filled with farmhouse charm, a 3D mini bicycle flower basket decor may be your choice.

A breath of fresh air and the joys of a spring trip to the farmers’ market, it’s a décor piece filled with texture and vintage farm style cuteness.

Fill the basket planter with your favorite florals or any type of farmhouse goodness and enjoy its unexpected delight on your wall.

9. Rustic Farmhouse

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Amaze with a rustic farmhouse-inspired wall decor made out of cardboard and recyclable materials! Yes, that’s right, cardboard!

Create a distressed reclaimed wooden plank using cardboard, compound joint mix, and paint. For the flower buckets use old plastic containers.

Paint them and make them look like galvanized buckets. Add small signs in front and fill with faux greenery and flowers.

10. Tipsy Pots

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Add some height and visual drama to your landscape with this easy tipsy pot design. This is a whimsical garden idea using flower pots arranged in a stack to look like they might tip over.

To recreate this pot design, secure a long pipe in the ground or stick it to the pot plate and thread the flowerpots through the pipe, stacking them one by one.

You can use this design with real plants and with faux greenery.

11. Hanging Planter

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Elevate a plant to create more of a statement piece in your home, with this simple and gorgeous do-it-yourself hanging plant stand.

This creative hanging planter stand is constructed with five wooden pieces. One round and four flat pieces, all stained a dark color.

Attach galvanized buckets to the stand using wire. You can use real or faux plants to display inside.

12. Pedestal

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Turn two plastic planters and a plate into a beautiful pedestal. Create a gorgeous white-washed pedestal that will add charm and elegance to your home’s exterior.

Take two planters and glue together their bottoms. On the one end stick a plate to top your pedestal. To give it a weathered look whitewash it.

Use the pedestal to place decorations on top or simply place a planter to elevate it.

13. Plant, Sprout, Bloom

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Things often look better in a group of three! A cute set of three succulents looks great grouped on a coffee table.

Assemble an adorable sun-loving trio of succulents in pots of your choice and poke inside labels saying plant, sprout and bloom.

Arrange however you wish on a sideboard, windowsill or anywhere that needs a natural touch. 

14. Fairy Garden

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Fairy gardens are tiny gardens full of magic. Embark on the magical journey of creating your own mini wonderland where you can let your creativity and imagination run wild.

Fairy gardens can be created in pretty much any sort of container, just make sure that there are drainage holes. Pick a theme for your fairy garden and fill it with miniature plants, figurines, and accessories.

These eye-catching, whimsical miniature gardens can be created both inside and outside.

15. Planter

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Traditional planters can often be heavy and pricey, so with a little crafting magic, you can turn a laundry basket into an attractive planter.

Disguise the laundry basket by wrapping it in burlap. Attach a rope around the basket and tie in the front into a cool-looking knot.

Instead of using burlap, you can also use only rope to wrap it and make patterns with colored ropes. Finish by planting your favorite plants and enjoy watching them grow. 

16. LED Candles

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Decorate your porch to add a warm and romantic ambiance with an arch window chandelier.

You will have a charming outdoor light fixture that will give you a great reason to enjoy your garden late into the evening.

The design is inspired by Dollar Tree wall plaque arch windows which are painted black and assembled with a plank at the bottom to resemble a rectangle box.

Attach chains for hanging and glue to the bottom around a rope ribbon. Fill with faux greenery and three candles.

17. Functional Duo

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Make a beautiful chandelier garden planter and have a functional light fixture and a stylish planter…all in one!

A handsome wrought iron candle holder can be repurposed to hold four solar lights that perfectly fit in the candle arms.

To make the center a planter, attach a canning rack to the candle holder and fill it with coco liner. Plant inside pretty flowers to delight during the day and enjoy the natural light at night.

18. House Number

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Make an easy personalized house number sign made with Dollar Tree store supplies.

Paint and decorate a wooden plaque with your house number. Considering where you are going to place it, for easy viewing you can make it double-sided.

Stick in the ground a flag hanger and hang your unique house number sign.

19. Charm & Twinkle

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A charming flower pot centerpiece makes for a pretty decoration for your backyard patio. It’s an inexpensive and easy idea for those who love a bit of vintage charm or a rustic yet refined aesthetic. 

For this project, you need two terracotta pots to fit into each other with enough room around to fit your plants. For this look, white sweet alyssum is planted in the big pot.

A small glass vase with a pillar candle inside is placed in the small pot and positioned on top.

20. Hanging Planter

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Effortlessly incorporate greenery whether it’s inside or out with hanging planters that won’t take up any floor space.

If you’re into the boho style you’ll love this easy hanging planter that will add the perfect touch of greenery and boho vibes to your space.

The planter is made from a spray-painted plastic pot that has holes made in three places on top.

Yarn is strung through the holes and tied at the bottom. To dress it up a few beads are added at the bottom.

21. Window Box

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Window boxes allow you to frame your window with stunning seasonal blooms to complement your home’s exterior. Make your own window boxes to add beauty and interest to your home.

Window boxes are usually the same length as the window they are hanging below, so you’ll need to measure the width of the window first.

Use wood like cedar which is the kind used for fences to make your box. Drill holes at the bottom for drainage and put a trim for a more elegant look.

Give it a coat of paint and you are ready to attach it and fill it with pretty flowers.

22. Freshen Up!

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If you’re getting into the mood of spending more time in the garden and enjoying the sunshine.

Have fun creating and decorating deep dimensional signs made with wooden fillable letters which make a perfect display piece.

Decorate and fill your chosen blank letter or letters with paper flowers, pom poms, paints, glitter and much more to make each one truly your own.

This bar sign was filled with faux grass rolls and artificial succulents, looking really gorgeous on the DIY outdoor bar.

23. Creative Pots

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Create a fun and vibrant display of painted pots that will liven up any area and put a smile on your face.

This is a budget-friendly project you can even include the kids in. So grab some acrylic craft paint and get started! 

Have fun creating a freehand design or try out stenciling. Sealing your pot is optional, but it’s a good idea to seal your painted terracotta pot once it’s dry so your design will last longer, and it won’t easily chip or scratch.

24. Turf Wreath

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If you’re looking for a fresh idea to jazz up your entry, hang a unique wreath to dress up your door. Perfect for Spring or Summer this turf wreath makes a fun statement and is easy to create. 

Cover an oversized letter with moss material to give it that beautiful fresh and green look. To contrast with some color, decorate it with some faux flowers.

What’s great about this design is that you can switch the decorations and even use it for Christmas too.

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