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Next-Level Landscaping: How to Decorate Your Outdoor Space With Metal Garden Art

Next-Level Landscaping: How to Decorate Your Outdoor Space With Metal Garden Art

This year, more homeowners than ever before have dedicated their time, money, and energy toward beautifying their back yard. 

Whether you want to improve your curb appeal, spruce up your garden, create and celebrate wildlife habitat, or simply create a space that you want to retreat to at the end of the day, there are plenty of ways to transform your outdoor area into the oasis of your dreams. 

In your quest to plant the most vibrant native wildflowers, flowering shrubs, and towering trees, have you considered adding a little creative flair to your space? Metal garden art is the ideal addition to any landscaping project!

Unsure how to incorporate these pieces into your native landscape, lawn, or patio? We’ve got you covered. Today, we’re sharing a few easy-to-follow steps that can help you select and install the perfect garden art sure to make your home the talk of the neighborhood.

What is Metal Garden Art?

First, before we dive into the ways to decorate with it, let’s discuss the varying types of metal garden art.

This is a type of decorative feature that’s meant to add visual interest to your outdoor space. This can include your landscaped beds and borders, your back deck, patio, or recreational trails. 

Whether your tastes are more whimsical or traditional, you can find metal structures designed to fit them. The best part about these installations is that they are incredibly durable and built to last a lifetime. Your flowers may fade in time, and the frost may threaten your germinating seeds, but you never have to think twice about your metal art ruining in the elements.

In fact, these structures only get better with time! As the rain, snow, and sleet fall upon them, they develop a gorgeous patina that gives them even more depth and character.

Easy Ways to Decorate With Metal Garden Art

Are you ready to kick your landscape design up a notch with a unique, rugged piece that will only grow more beautiful with age?

If so, you can’t go wrong with a piece of metal garden art. You’ll find plenty of options in our online shop, designed to meet any personal style or decorating aesthetic. Whether you prefer a more classic and traditional look or your tastes lean more toward the bohemian and eclectic side, there’s something for everyone!

Next, let’s take a look at a few of the most popular categories and ways to incorporate these pieces into your own back yard and landscape. 

Metal Bumble Bee Art

A new survey shows that Americans are increasingly shifting their gardening and outdoor living exhibits to benefit local wildlife, including pollinators. In fact, over the last three years, more than 65 million Americans have purchased plants specifically because they were known to be beneficial to birds, bees, or butterflies. 

Want to pay homage to your adoration for these helpful wildlife species? Metal wall art is an easy and effortless addition that adds charm without overwhelming the space. Choose our Bumble Bee Wall Art to let your friends and family members know that you appreciate and admire the efforts of these pint-sized powerhouses. 

Designed and crafted right in our in-house metal art studio, it’s a one-of-a-kind piece that’s made from premium steel and powder coated to ensure a durable, long-lasting finish. The small version measures 10 inches from the wing tip to legs and 6.5 inches from the head to tail, while the large model is 15 inches and 9.5 inches, respectively. 

Suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, this piece is a natural addition to any back deck, porch, or patio. Choose a Black River, Copper Wrinkle, or Trans Copper finish, and you’re all set!

Looking for another way to add a little buzz to your outdoor living area? We also offer a Bumble Bee Garden Stake in both a short and tall version, designed to fit in just right with any flowerbed or vegetable garden. 

Available in Black River or Copper Wrinkle finish, it’s powder coated for a tough, durable exterior. Both models are 9 inches by 6 inches, available with a 14-inch stake (short) or a 23-inch stake (tall).

Metal Nature-Inspired Art

When you step foot outdoors, you enter into a different dimension. You breathe a little easier and feel a little lighter as your worries float away with the breeze.

Why not capture that sense of serenity all the time? With metal, nature-inspired wall art, you can. That’s the premise behind our Tree Wall Art Collection.

Let’s start with Tree Wall Art #1. This whimsical piece makes a gorgeous statement in your home or back yard. Stunning on its own, you can also turn it into a custom standout piece by mounting it on a piece of driftwood or an acrylic panel to give it dimension. 

Standing 15.5 inches tall by 7.75 inches wide and made of powder-coated steel, it’s available in three rich colors, including Black River, Copper Wrinkle, and Blue Copper.

Want to draw eyes toward your backyard woods or the treeline that surrounds your property? Incorporate a few more trees with our Tree Art #2! This piece of metal wall art features two adjoining trees with intertwining branches and stands 24 inches tall by 24 inches wide. 

Finally, be sure to also check out Tree Art #3. This split-panel sign features rows of winding branches and leaves and would make an excellent addition to any outdoor space. Combined, the set stands around 14 inches wide by 18 inches tall and is available in our Black River finish.

Metal Monogram Art

There’s no denying that monograms are having a major design moment. From throw pillows and wooden signs to dish towels and plates, it seems as though everywhere you look, initials are on the scene. 

This trend extends effortlessly into your backyard decor, too! Take our Curly Vines Split Letter Monogram, for instance. Made from super-strong, 16-gauge steel, this is a fully customizable piece designed just for your family!

Available in a range of sizes from 12 inches to 24 inches, this square piece of metal garden art is offset by a split-letter design and intricate scroll accents. Available colors include Black River, Alpine Green River, Copper Wrinkle, and Blue Copper. 

When you want to make a more ornate expression, you can also amplify your decor with our Regal Round Monogram. Available in a 15-inch or 18-inch size, this circular piece is made from 16-gauge hot-rolled steel and left unfinished for a perfectly rustic touch or can be powder coated for a more refined finish. 

Metal Butterfly Garden Stake

Your garden is meant to be a source of joy, inspiration, and contentment. When you’ve put in the hours of hard work digging, seeding, and sowing, you deserve the opportunity to sit back and enjoy the fruits (and veggies!) of your labor.

With a sweet garden stake, the experience is even more enjoyable. Make a statement with our Male Monarch Butterfly Garden Stake, and you may even encourage some friendly fliers to join you! Our artists drew the design by replicating the anatomy of an actual male monarch, which makes it as lifelike as possible!

Standing 12 inches wide by 19.5 inches tall with a 12-inch stake, this is a garden installment you’ll return to and enjoy time and again. Interested in learning more about the important role that monarch butterflies play in our ecosystems, as well as the factors leading to its significant decline and the important ways you can help? If so, we encourage you to check out this resource.

Metal Custom Camper Sign

Home is wherever you park! Is your family an avid camping crew? If so, you can dedicate a special spot in your garden to your beloved group hobby.

Instead of a generic camper cutout, you can personalize yours with our Custom Camper Sign! Add your last name, city, and state, and you’ve got a unique piece that stands out among the greenery at home. Featuring the design of the iconic Airstream travel trailer, this piece is nostalgic and modern at the same time. 

Then, when it’s time to get back on the road again, you can pick it up and take it with you! Put it in the ground at your campsite for a fun and informal way to introduce yourselves to the campers next door. Measuring approximately 24 inches wide by 34 inches tall with a 20-inch stake, this sign is powder coated in a high-gloss, silver vein coating for a finish that will last for years.

Metal Windspinners

There are few things more glorious in life than a sweet breeze. If you have an outdoor living space, there’s nothing like relaxing with nature, allowing the wind to lure you into a state of tranquility.

While you sip your tea or read your favorite book, decorative windspinners are a fun and enjoyable way to pass the time. These entertaining accents move with the force of the wind, providing hours of viewing pleasure!

Our Hummingbird Windspinner is a prime example! Watching it blow in the wind, you can’t help but be mesmerized and taken back to a time when life was a little simpler. Made from 18-gauge steel and powder coated in copper and blue tones, it’s a timeless piece that shifts slightly in color as it spins!

Hang this special piece on your porch or patio, and you’ll soon find yourself checking the weather for the next windy day!

Metal Butterfly Wall Art

Once you have installed our Male Monarch Butterfly Garden Stake, the natural next addition is a piece of wall art that corresponds with it!

When selecting metal wall art, pay attention to the other pieces you already have installed around your backyard area. While you don’t have to choose items that match exactly, look for finishes that correspond and blend well together, repeat forms and textures to create unity, and use contrasting shapes and colors to accent special features.

This is one of the reasons why our Viceroy Butterfly Wall Art is such a special piece. While our garden stake is made from rugged, powder-coated steel, this piece is a little shinier and more delicate in nature. This makes these two a gorgeous pair!

Our designers referenced an actual viceroy butterfly when creating this piece, so you know it’s truly one-of-a-kind and an accurate representation. 

Attach this art to your wall as it is, or affix it to a piece of wood for a more substantial look. It is made of 16-gauge stainless steel with a brushed appearance, and stands 24 inches wide by 13 inches tall. 

Want us to create a custom order for you and include a wooden background of your choice? Just contact our team, and we can create a tailored look that’s all you.

Veggie Garden Stakes

Of course you need a way to mark your rows of veggies, flowers, and leafy greens, once you take the time to plant them! However, gone are the days when the only option you had was the back of the seed packet or a craft stick and black marker.

Any time it rains or the wind picks up, temporary placeholders such as these are liable to shift direction. Suddenly, you wake up and your squash marker is over by the cucumbers, or your kale sign is mixed with Swiss chard. 

Enter, our creative and super practical Veggie Garden Stakes! Both beautiful and functional, they’re a fun and creative way to mark your rows. Made from 16-gauge steel, you can rest assured that these signs won’t sway or change places with the weather.  Rather, once they push easily into the ground, they stay put as long as you need them to, so you never have to worry about mixing up your peas and peppers.

Our full collection of Veggie Garden Stakes includes the following labels, available in a range of earth-toned colors:

  • Carrot
  • Pumpkin
  • Cucumber
  • Pepper
  • Onion
  • Peas
  • Corn
  • Tomato
  • Bean

Each stake includes a decorative metal accent at the top designed to mimic the veggie it represents. 

Metal Michigan Home Sign

Home is where you feel the most comfortable, and where you’re free to truly be yourself. It’s the space you’re free to decorate as your own and enjoy as you see fit.

We kept that spirit in mind when we made our metal Michigan Home Sign. If you love calling The Wolverine State home, this is one sign that was simply meant for your family!

Featuring a cutout shaped like the Lower Peninsula of Michigan for the “O” in “Home”, this metal sign might be simple, but it’s far from understated. Whether it’s a mainstay at your main residence or a sweet sign for your northern getaway, it makes an excellent addition anywhere you choose to unwind. 

This sign is 12 inches wide by 5 inches tall and is available in a range of colors, including: 

  • Copper Wrinkle
  • Silver Vein
  • Stainless Steel
  • Blue Copper
  • Sand/Blue Two-Layer
  • Black River

When added to your porch or patio, this “Home” sign is a great way to give a nod and a shoutout to your home state or vacation spot. In fact, we’re so proud to live here, we’ve created multiple Michigan-themed pieces of metal garden art!

In addition to our “Home” sign, be sure to check out the Got Glaciers Metal Sign. Featuring an intricate cutout of the State of Michigan, this is an unfinished piece that is sure to make naturalists chuckle with this nod to the landscape’s glacial origin. Who needs milk when you have the Great Lakes?

Measuring around 12 inches high by 14 inches wide, you’re sure to find the perfect spot for it among your barbecue grill, flowerbeds, fire pit, and more! Another local favorite is our Native Michigan Sign!

Tree of Life Cross Wall Art

Is your garden where you find spiritual inspiration? Do you head outdoors in the morning to pray or meditate? If so, it can be special to have a cherished symbol of peace, inspiration, and salvation nearby.

If you seek solace and nourishment in nature, you’ll appreciate the sacred symbolism of our Tree of Life Cross Wall Art. Designed to recognize the sacred link between the Tree of Life, mankind's fall in the Garden of Eden, and our salvation in Jesus Christ, the branches on this metal sign are also shaped into a cross silhouette.  We hope this art piece reminds you to give thanks for the natural wonders around us and the many blessings God gives us with each new day!

For this design, you can choose to have your piece crafted from stainless steel with a sanded finish or durable steel with a powder coat finish. Either way, it’s a gorgeous and motivational piece that works well on an outdoor shelf or wall. 

The small size of this art piece measures 8 inches wide by 12 inches tall, and the large size is 12 inches wide by 17 inches tall. Available in a stainless steel or the following colors of powder coat:

  • Alpine Green
  • Blue Copper
  • Black River
  • Copper Wrinkle

Another reason to give this metal art a second look? Twenty percent of the proceeds from the sale of this item goes to help support our local church!

Decorative Metal Ornaments

In our shop, we create a variety of decorative metal ornaments designed to make your holiday season extra special!

From northern cardinals and sugar maple leaves to pileated woodpeckers and black oak acorns, we delight in creating symbols that represent the sights and sounds that local Michigan residents adore. 

While these make ideal ornaments for your Christmas tree, you can also use them as outdoor accents if you’d like! Add one to your Veggie Garden Stakes, for instance, or hang them from the cabinets of your outdoor kitchen, in windows, or along a fence.

Small enough to blend in and work well with any decor, these are adorable and unique accessories that liven up any space, indoor or outdoor!

Wildlife-Inspired Metal Wall Art

Let’s wrap up this list with one of our favorite pieces.

Michigan is known for its abundance of wildlife, from wolves and coyotes to otters and porcupines. On the lakes, you might also notice a rare species of spectacular diving birds known as common loons! Learn more about why this species is not so common anymore here.

These picturesque waterbirds have round heads and sharp, dagger-like bills. They are easy to spot and mesmerizing to look at and listen to. We adore them so much that we created a metal sign to commemorate them! 

Our Common Loon in Cattails metal art is a stunning, show-stopping piece that will have guests talking in no time. Crafted following a hand-drawn design by our shop owner Martha, this is a truly unique piece of nature art that you can’t find anywhere else. 

Made from rugged 14-gauge steel and powder coated with a textured, black finish, it’s the perfect piece for the interior or exterior of your home. The small size measures 8.5 inches high by 22 inches wide, and the large size measures 12 inches high by 32 inches wide. 

Relax and Enjoy Your Back Yard With Metal Garden Art

The temperatures might be dipping a little, but there’s still plenty of time to sit back on your porch or patio and take in the beauty of nature. Whether you have an elaborate autumn garden or simply a few asters still blooming, this is a season of crisp air, changing leaves, and evenings spent under the stars.

Amplify the ambience with these stunning pieces of metal garden art! Place them directly near your garden, where you can see them each time you go to pick that day’s harvest. Or, use them to decorate and accessorize your larger outdoor living area, where you can admire the result of your hard work and handiwork from afar.

Looking for more products and solutions designed to make your back yard as beautiful and eco-friendly as possible? We also have a wide variety of bird feeders, bird houses, pollinator shelters, and more in our online shop. Feel free to browse our collections today and reach out to us with any questions.

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