There are lots of fun and creative ways to reuse old valves. Some valves, especially those for transferring gas, will lose the ability to smoothly transfer gases between pipes, and if they become worn, they might crack and leak air. The same is true for the valves found outside the home, on a faucet or garden hose. Here are a few fun ideas for lawn decoration projects that reuse old, unusable valves.
Ornamental Garden Flowers
This idea works especially well with multi-colored valve handles because the different colors will let the valves look like a bouquet of flowers. The trick is to find something to serve as a stem. A piece of metal wire or even a bunch of twigs from the garden could work. Twigs, strips of lemongrass or even string could serve as something to tie the valve to the stem. Finally, place the colorful valve flowers inside a clay pot, an urn, a watering pot, or anything else that might serve as a flower container. If none of the previous ideas are doable, find a few old coat hangers to tie to the valves. The coat hangers serve as the stem, and the flowers can go inside of an empty glass bottle. These could be placed outdoors or on a windowsill.
For those who want to give their garden that sort of rusted, junkyard look, industrial sized valves can be placed in a garden. Next, some sort of creeping vine or moss, such as clematis or climbing hydrangea, would be great to plant between them. Over time, the paint will start to wear on the valves, giving them a more rusted look. This could be a fun and excellent addition to your home garden.
If there is no space to place the valve handles on the ground, consider bolting them or nailing them to the fence. From there, a creeping vine would give the fence a nice touch, adding to that overgrown look. The same could work on an awning, terrace, balcony, or veranda, allowing the vines to grow and cover the valve handles.
Upcycling is in. The possibilities for fun projects that incorporate industrial materials are endless. With some handy work, anyone can transform some old valves into beautiful lawn art. Check out our blog for more industry news and manufacturer profiles.