Breathe new life into your old belongings by turning them into nifty backyard items. It\u2019s called \u2018upcycling\u2019, and it\u2019s quickly growing in popularity. It makes sense. Rather than throwing out old, unwanted items, why not find a creative new purpose for them in your very own backyard? It\u2019s great for the environment, and it can turn your outdoor space into something that is uniquely yours. There are literally thousands of ways to repurpose your old junk in the garden, and the majority of them won\u2019t break the bank. Turning trash into treasure requires a bit of a creative streak, and it can be hard to get those juices flowing. That\u2019s why we\u2019ve found some nifty ways to take your junk and turn it into neat backyard items! Get creative with planters This might seem like an obvious one, but you can make a planter out of almost anything. The general rule is that if it has adequate drainage and can hold dirt, you can plant something in it! Objects like colanders are perfect for this, since they come with holes already drilled. Other items like old tyres, gumboots, drawers and even wicker baskets can be turned into planters. There are countless tutorials online detailing how to turn everyday objects into planters for your backyard. Don\u2019t feel left out if you don\u2019t have much space; you can make planters out of small objects and hang them on the wall or the fence! Make some labels for your herb garden Old corks from wine bottles can come in really handy if you find yourself losing track of which herbs you\u2019ve planted where. Take a permanent marker, label the corks with the names of your herbs, poke a wooden skewer through it and stick it in the dirt. You\u2019ll never mix up your herbs again, and the corks will add a rustic feel to your yard. Turn wooden pallets into nifty racks Install garage storage hooks on your old wooden pallets and hang them on the wall. Shovels, rakes, brooms, trowels, hoses and more can be conveniently stored, saving space and giving the place a unique feel. If you\u2019ve already got your tools neatly packed away, pallets can also be used to hang pot plants. This creates a funky hanging garden, perfect for seedlings and smaller plants. Reinvent your old compact discs Now that pretty much everyone has Spotify, those mix CDs you \u2018ripped\u2019 in middle school are pointless. Make the most of your old obsession with pop music of the early 2000s and break the CD\u2019s into pieces, creating hundreds of shards of shiny, reflective plastic. Stick them to a shallow bowl-shaped object, mount it on a stand and put it in your backyard. Birds will flock to your homemade birdbath, and you\u2019ll also see fewer insects in your yard as a result! Here\u2019s a handy tip: use a clear aquarium sealant. It\u2019s animal friendly, so you won\u2019t have to worry about the health of your feathered friends! Save money on seed raising trays Don't fork out your hard-earned money at a garden centre for seed tray. You can use plenty of items around the house, most of which you\u2019d just throw away anyway. Grow seedlings in egg cartons, toilet rolls, milk cartons and plastic meat trays. The best part about this method is you\u2019re saving them from rotting in a landfill for years to come. In order to get the best out of your seedlings, make sure you research the best ways to repurpose each of these objects. Read here to learn about 30 DIY backyard ideas and projects. There are hundreds of other upcycling options available; all it takes is a bit of research and creativity! If you\u2019re after something to go with your uniquely upcycled backyard, why not contact Australian Outdoor Living? We\u2019re specialists in the following products: \tOutdoor Blinds \tArtificial Grass Lawns \tConcrete and\u00a0Fibreglass Pools \tRoller Shutters \tPergolas and Verandahs \tDecking \tCarports Get in touch with us today \u2013 we\u2019d love to assist you with your next home improvement project!