Rescued Planters

"I was in need of some planters for my back patio, but didn't want to spend too much money," says Amy of Sweet 'n Sour Gumballs. Imagine her delight when she spotted these large, decorative planters being put down next to the trash bins on garbage collection day in her neighborhood.

Patio Chairs Upcycled to Garden Swing Seat

Cheryl blogs at The Creative Me and My McG. When the cushions of her garden swing seat became too damaged to use, Cheryl noticed that some patio chairs she'd saved from a neighbor's garbage matched the swing frame and fit inside the seat area. She joked to her husband that it was too bad they couldn't use the chairs as seats for the swing, and he took it as a challenge!

Wood Pallet Workbench

Over at Little House of Four, Katie wanted to build her own workbench for the garage. Since her husband comes across used wood pallets often in his work, pallets seemed to be the quickest and cheapest option for building the bench.