Say bye-bye to your boring, cookie-cutter front yard. Step one: add interest, diversity and texture with thoughtful landscaping
. Step two: spice things up a bit (and express yourself too) with some fun yard art
. Yes, you can buy yard art at hardware
stores and plant nurseries. You can even buy high-priced yard art that is manufactured to look all rough-hewn and rustic, just like it was -- er -- homemade.
Suggestion: instead of parting with your precious cash, devote an afternoon this weekend to creating your very own yard art. I stumbled upon some terrific resources while surfing the Web today, in particular a site called Free Woodworking Plans
. Here you'll find a bunch of easy DIY yard art ideas
, complete with full instructions and patterns you can print out and trace onto whatever surface you're using.
I'm really drawn to the bird shapes, like the Runner Duck
and the Duck Family
. These are cute yet traditional. (Read: unlikely to offend your neighbors!) Use your imagination to incorporate a bit of humor, if you're so inclined. Example? I loved this person's Snail Mail
yard art, consisting of painted concrete snails gathered around a ground-mounted mailbox. Or how about a cute sign for your porch or garden gate? Check out the adorable Lady Bug Hugs 5c
. If you want to go out on a limb, though, consider using found objects to create metal or wooden sculptures or perhaps a whirligig
Be warned: yard art involving wood is not
super-durable out in your yard, exposed to the elements year-round. If you're like me, that won't bother you: it's part of the charm when the paint peels a little bit. Check out the cute little blue guy in the picture above to see what I mean!