Upcycle your old fence

fence Happy New Year!   As 2015 gets underway you might be looking at replacing your garden fencing, especially if your existing fence was destroyed in the recent British weather bomb.

But before you take your battered old posts and panels to the tip, or burn them on the bonfire, why not think about upcycling them instead? Here are some creative alternatives that will let you upcycle your old timber to make something new, useful and unique.

1. Flower Beds

It is possible to use reclaimed fence posts to form the sides or base of a raised flowerbed. The thick wood makes a sturdy container for your plants, while the thinner slats can be used to make dividers within the flowerbed, to help separate out your plants.

You can also use smaller pieces as identifiers: write the names for each row of seeds to make cheap and easy tags.

2. Shelving

Organising your shed and keeping areas of your garden organised can be a real pain if you don’t have enough appropriate storage space. Once again that leftover fencing can come to the rescue. Thicker slats that will bear a little weight without splitting can be used to make shelving to hold trays and flowerpots, either inside your shed or outside in the potting area of your garden.

3. Art

fence art While this isn’t necessarily as functional as our other ideas, there’s something to be said for being able to make something just for the simple pleasure of, well, making something.

Sites like Pinterest have thousands of different ideas for things to make with leftover wood, though some are more aesthetically pleasing than they are practical. If you feel like flexing your green fingers in a completely different way, have a go: you might surprise yourself at how creative you can be.

4. Turn fencing into … fencing?

While the perimeter of your garden needs robust fencing for security, you can upcycle your older fence panels and use them to separate internal areas within your outside space. If panels are still serviceable clean them up and mend them, perhaps treat them with a timber preservative. You can be imaginative and turn them into bespoke dividers to create special themed spaces within your garden. Any offcuts can be used to make an edge to a flowerbed or your lawn.

Do you have any more ideas for how to reuse old fencing or other garden supplies? Let us know in the comments!

This is a sponsored post in association with Cocklestorm a fencing and garden timber supplier.

About Becky Dickinson

Mum of three. Writer, blogger, grower. Trying to keep my head above the compost heap.

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