5 Inexpensive Ways To Make Your Garden Gate Simply Enchanting
“Just beyond the garden gate
Follies and furies long await
A gentle step on the path of stone
By one unafraid to walk alone.”
There is something magical about entering a garden through its own gate, isn’t there? Perhaps it’s because the very act of stepping through a gate signifies an entrance into a new place, or possibly due to the fact that what lies beyond the gate is a mystery to be solved. Many of us grew up reading literature that featured gardens in a mystical role, with the garden gate often playing the lead – The Secret Garden, The Tale of Peter Rabbit , and Tom’s Midnight Garden come to mind.
We’ve all seen magnificent custom-built garden gates that make an unforgettable statement. Whether they are carved from rare woods, sculpted with intricate iron, stainless steel,bronze, or copper, or built with stone, brick, or some combination of high-end materials, these pieces of art are beautiful to behold, and terrifically expensive to obtain. But a garden gate does not have to cost you a king’s ransom to be memorable, and we’ve collected some of our favorite ideas to get you started.
Here are 5 inexpensive ways to make your garden gate enchanting:
1. Add a basket of flowers or a wreath.
This addition seems like such a simple adornment, but can often be just the touch needed to turn a plain Jane gate into a ravishing beauty.
2. Lose your marbles.
All this project takes is a wooden gate, a drill, some colorful marbles, and voila! You’ve added color, light, and are a hero to any little ones you might let assist you – all in one afternoon! Here’s the step-by-step instructions for adding marbles to your garden gate, and while you’re at it, lose a few in the fence, too!
3. Add an arbor.
Purchasing an arbor or gate/arbor combination can be pricey, so if you’re a DIY kind of gal/guy, you can easily build your own as a fun weekend project. Here are some how-to links if you’re so inclined:
4. Add a touch of personality.
Enchanting garden gates often reflect the personality of its gardener, combining whimsy and personal tastes. Here are some examples of garden gates that do just that – can you guess anything about the gardener’s profession, hobby, or favorite color?
5. Decorate for the holidays.
Garden gates present wonderful opportunities for seasonal decor, and not just in December! Halloween, Easter, Independence Day, Flag Day, Arbor Day, Valentine’s Day, National Chocolate Day – they all deserve to be recognized at the gate.
Looking for even more ways to make your garden gate enchanting? We’ve dedicated an entire Pinterest board to Garden Gates and welcome you to seek additional inspiration there! If you’ve got a garden gate that you’re especially proud of, please don’t hesitate to share it on our Facebook page. And don’t forget, if you’d like to take to get to know gardeners from all over the world, be sure to venture over to our “Through My Garden Gate” series.
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