12 Gorgeous Rusted Metal DIY Projects for the Yard

If you’ve got a BIG hunk of rusted metal, and you also have some serious craft skills, you could construct your own waterfall. Choose what size is best. This is such a fun and creative project, even though it does require a bit of time and effort.

Did you accidently let those metal pails get all rusty in the rain? Don’t worry about it. You can still use them for cute decorations or storage around your yard and garden. Attach them to a fence or place them in your shed. You’ve got quite a few options, and they all look great.

I think this garden window is one of the most gorgeous things I’ve ever seen. I love the play between the rusted metal and the rocks. Not to mention the pull of the garden greens. This is a combination that’s sure to impress.

For large pieces of rusted metal, you can attach them to make a succulent wall. Succulents are one of the best plants to match with rusted metal because of their color. It provides some of the green you want while also complementing the metal with the brown spots.

There are a dozen different ways you can use rusted metal to make a border for your garden. You can put rusted pipes next to each other, or use a long piece of rusted steel for a sleek border.

Rusted metal bowls and containers are a great option for planters. Even if it’s just as an exterior decoration, the metal goes really well with the green plants colorful fruit/flowers, and earthy dirt.

Get a little creative and make some garden art out of your rusted metal pieces. You can make shovel owls, or just craft the rusted metal into whatever fun designs you think of. Don’t be shy, and just have fun with it!

A rusted chair may seem like something that needs to go straight to the dump, but this picture should prove otherwise. Doesn’t it look amazing with the jars and flowers on it? Choose colors that match and complement the rusted chair so it all looks like one art piece.

I thought this water faucet was just the cutest idea I’d ever seen! I love how there’s the diamond in the faucet to make it look like water is dripping. This is a fun little decoration that you can put pretty much anywhere in your yard or garden.

Use an old rusted shovel to make a sign for your garden. Write something cute on it, or just use it as a simple label. You can do whatever floats your boat!

Once, I let my whole tool set out in the yard and it rained. I forgot about them and they eventually rusted. I was really sad, but then I decided to turn them into decorations.  I made this type of décor, and I thought it looked gorgeous. You could try the same thing with any tools you have that are rusted.

Hey, birds don’t need a big, fancy house. You can make one for them out of rusted metal. Even if the birds don’t come, you can still use the bird houses as decoration. They look cute in patio settings or out in the garden, if it’s big enough.