Get Perfect Garden Borders—in Just 10 Minutes

6 Materials
$20
10 Minutes
Easy
You can make your garden borders look perfectly pristine for almost no money, by using things you have around your home! It just takes a few quick steps—watch the 1 minute video below to see how to amp up your garden in a flash.

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AFTER:
Isn't that so pretty? And it was my least expensive outdoor update yet!

I really love how each border shapes the space differently and brings more color and beauty to my little garden. I think I'll have to use a different border for every season, because it's impossible to choose a favorite.

Most of the supplies came from around my home, but you can also find anything you need for this project by going to the thrift store or keeping your eyes out for curbside salvages. The plates and glass bottles are a classic thrift store staple. The pallet wood might be more of a salvage story.

If you want to see each idea broken down, checkout the full project details below.

Project Details:
Here's what my front walkway looked like before. I love my little hosta garden (like, a lot!) but I was nervous about it spilling into the path.
Number 1 - Bottles
Soak off the labels in hot water and scrub any remaining glue from the labels.
Using a rubber mallet, gently tape the bottles into the soil. The more bottles you have, the closer you can put them together. They don’t need to be exactly the distance you see in the video, but just make sure to space them out enough so that you’re not packing them in too tightly and risking any broken bottles.
Number 2 - Plates
Carefully tap your plates into the ground using a rubber mallet. If the ground is especially hard, dig a trench before you insert the plates. Make sure not to tap them too hard or you might have some broken shards to deal with. Just watch how I do it in the video to get a clearer picture.
Number 3 - Pallet/Scrap Wood
Gently tap the wood into the soil using a rubber mallet. You can vary the heights, colors, and sizes of the wood or make it all one height using the same wood.
Number 4 - Aluminum Flashing
Wearing gloves, fold down the top of the edge as it is sharp. It's definitely unique, but this is a very sleek and industrial look.
Number 5 - Rope Lighting
Using landscape pins, secure the rope lighting to the top of the edge of your border. It sounds a little confusing, but look how simple it is in the video. And isn’t that nighttime glow just magical?

See how each of the borders turned out in the video above! At least one of these is bound to tickle your green thumb!

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  • Jennifer Jennifer on Jun 28, 2017
    Thank you for sharing. Do you know the name of the plants in the planter by chance?

  • Cathy Cathy on Jun 29, 2017
    Can not find the lighting one. How do I access it?
  • Betty Betty on Jul 08, 2017
    does the string of lites need an outlet? I would love to put that going down my dw
    • Cindy Stewart Trachsler Cindy Stewart Trachsler on Jul 19, 2017
      They sell solar rope lights at most home improvement stores. (Menards, Lowes) You can also find them at the big box stores. (Walmart) Another place to find them is at Big Lots. I found mine at Harbor Freight Tools.
    • Marianne Marianne on Jul 19, 2017
      There are any number of solar rope lights. I know Amazon has white or other colors in several different lengths. And I got 2 sets of white ones from Harbor Freight at $10 each with coupon just this week for my patio.
    • Julie Johnson Julie Johnson on Jul 23, 2017
      Betty, I don't believe any rope lights need to be plugged in.
    • EmmaSurf EmmaSurf on Jul 30, 2017
      Betty just read carefully any descriptions before purchasing. I have rope lights that plug into a regular outlet, there are low voltage ones, and of course solar ones. I had good success with some solar lights that were supposed to be butterlies spaced on the lines, but the butterflies were just covers for the bulbs. So now I have outdoor use small white lights that work fine without the covers.
  • Robin Brewer Robin Brewer on Jul 09, 2017
    Is there anyway you could have weaved the lights in and out of the bottles? I think you would give it an extra little pizzaz. What do you think? Ate the lites battery operated?
    • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Jul 19, 2017
      I'm not Alica, but I love your idea of lights in and out of the bottles!

    • Sus7887901 Sus7887901 on Jul 19, 2017
      What about laying the rope lights just behind the bottles? It sounds easier than weaving and the light would reflect off the inner surfaces...
    • I did something similar, used dollar store tall vases and solar lights. On a few I added dollar store glass stones, attached with E6000, clear glue. Leave the bottom of the vase without stones so the solar light charges. Gives a fairy light effect.
    • Wyldecent Wyldecent on Jul 19, 2017
      Can you post a picture Mary-Ellen? Your idea sounds pretty.
    • Linda Linda on Jul 25, 2017
      VIDEO DOES NOT WORK  and I am not understanding the plate idea

    • Linda Linda on Jul 25, 2017
      Please excuse my first comment. I somehow skipped the picture with the plates all in place. It is gorgeous!
  • Cheryl flower lady Cheryl flower lady on Jul 19, 2017
    Yes, I'm always up for ideas. Could you use plastic water bottles instead of glass?
  • Sass Law Sass Law on Jul 26, 2017
    As cool as the rope lighting would look, how will it stand up to watering and rain?
    • EmmaSurf EmmaSurf on Jul 30, 2017
      I think it depends on the brand. I have some that indicated was for use outside, and it holds up ok. I also though didn't bury it but it lays on mulch so it isn't submerged in water (we don't get much rain here and no snow - that might make a difference). I have seem some cheaper on ebay that I think would fail miserably - doesn't look very secure. But there are so many LED choices now that you might be able to use the tiny LED Christmas type lights so that it would be easier to weave around the bottles if that was the look you wanted.
  • Sara Sara on May 08, 2020

    I’m getting ready to add more hostas to my front bedding area. I love these ideas! I’m wondering what you could fill the bottles with to make them more colorful. All of my bottles would be clear glass. Any ideas?

    • Linda Baxter Linda Baxter on May 08, 2020

      water & food dye

    • Kay Spangler Kay Spangler on May 08, 2020

      colored sand would be pretty inexpensive. Also, those little glass beads of different shapes, sizes and colors found in the floral sections of different stores like Hobby Lobby, Wal-Mart, Dollar General and Dollar Tree. They all carry different brands, colors and sizes but I've found and used red ones, blue ones, white ones and green ones. Good luck!

    • Taffy McCarthy Taffy McCarthy on May 08, 2020

      I would use fairy lights in the bottles :)

    • Mona Blake Mona Blake on May 08, 2020

      Use outdoor paint. Pour in bottle 1/4 full, put on a lid and shake! You can mix colors or just one. Let dry open for 3 days before capping.

    • Doug French Doug French on May 08, 2020

      If you put in a liquid you will want to make sure it is a product that won't freeze. Then you won't have to remove before the winter. Add food coloring or some type of dye. windshield washer fluid ,water with alcohol. You could also get some white sand and add a food coloring or dye to the sand and then put into bottles. Fill the bottlers with gem stones or marbles from the dollar store. Spray glue or clear glue put on the inside of the bottle roll around to cover the inside of the bottle and then put in Glitter to coat the inside of the bottle. You could mix up the colors.

      Doug

  • Chris Chris on May 08, 2020

    Why are there no pics of the finished projects ??

  • Deb French Deb French on May 08, 2020

    There is no video or after pictures?

    • Richelle Richelle on May 09, 2020

      The video is at the very beginning. You see the before pic she posts? Very next thing is a video. Click on it

    • Rob1970595 Rob1970595 on May 09, 2020

      The video in the beginning shows all the ideas 😁

  • Jayne Jayne on May 08, 2020

    Where’s the video?

  • Doris Doris on May 09, 2020

    No after photos?!

  • Elaine Elaine on May 10, 2020

    Great video and really good ideas

    Thanks

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  • Amy Boon Amy Boon on May 15, 2020

    Great ideas but video went so fast I couldn't appreciate the final product. Maybe pictures for us slow processing people please?😊


  • Craft nut Craft nut on May 15, 2020

    You just junked up a perfect concrete border.

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