10 Lawn Ornaments You’ll Either Love or Hate

Flaming flamingos, grumpy gnomes and bumbling Bigfoot—check out this must-see collection of lawn ornaments some people would treasure and others would want to trash.

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Pink Flamingos
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Classic Pink Flamingos

You either love them or you hate them. One or two pink flamingos in a yard is kitchy. An entire flock is disconcerting!

If you prefer song birds to flamingos, here are 16 birdhouse ideas you’ll love.

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Smile Please!

Digging Dog

This little doggie backside will surely cause a few double-takes! You could even throw a little loose dirt behind him to add to the illusion.

If your lawn has dead patches due to your dog doing its business out there, take a look at our guide to bringing those patches back to life.

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Design Toscano


Imagine looking out your window and seeing this fella stomping all over your perfect backyard. Next, check out some flower bed decor that’s NOT tacky here.

Build a lovely DIY brick path, so Bigfoot won’t ruin your lawn.

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Design Toscano

Spitting Koi

This mini water feature looks cute and provides that gently sound of bubbling water.

This fish statue would be the perfect addition to your DIY backyard pond and waterfall. Yes, you can build it yourself!

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Garden Gnomes
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Garden Gnomes

No round-up of lawn ornaments is complete without making mention of the ubiquitous garden gnome. Garden gnomes come in all shapes and sizes, but everyone knows that no self-respecting gnome would live in a fairy garden. Or would they? Check out these 15 clever fairy gardens to see for yourself.

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Meerkats are adorable. But do you really want a mob (yes – that’s really the word for a group of meerkats) taking up residence in your garden?

If you’re battling an invasion of squirrels, rabbits or deer in your garden, check out our handy hints for discouraging them and keeping them in the wild where they belong.

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Big Bargain Store


Wouldn’t your kids or grandkids be delighted to find a unicorn dozing on your deck or patio? We can safely say, you’d be the only house on the block with one of these!

Want to get those kids interested in DIY? Here are 12 perfect projects to get them started.

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Harmony Fountains

Cascading Water Fountain

A water feature can be a focal point in the garden and the sound of moving water is relaxing. These free-standing fountains with an electrical cord coming out the back are not everyone’s cup of tea, however.

If you’d like a natural-looking waterfall in your yard, check out this complete guide to building your own backyard waterfall in less than a day.

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Wheelbarrow Planter

This is a clear example of repurposing. After retiring from helping with gardening chores, this wheelbarrow has a second life as a colorful planter. Some may think this takes rustic a step too far.

Hop on the repurposing bandwagon with these 15 brilliant ways to repurpose a pile of old books.

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copper dragonflies garden ornament

Beautiful Dragonflies

For a gentle take on garden metal sculptures, try making a dragonfly from copper wire and tubing and a few colorful beads. The dragonflies are placed on a metal rod that you can stick anywhere in your yard or garden. This is a great garden décor idea for parents and grandparents to make with kids, although some people will find these ornaments tacky.

Elizabeth Manneh
Elizabeth is an experienced freelance writer, specializing mainly in digital health & transformation, health & wellness, and education & learning. She's been published on ReadersDigest.com, Paysa.com, The Family Handyman, Huffington Post, Thrive Global, and The Good Men Project. She was also a regular contributor to Love Live Health and Daily Home Remedy. Elizabeth is a retired primary school principal and education consultant, with a continuing passion for education and learning.