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20 Yard Art Ideas to Elevate Your Outdoor Space

A piece of art can transform an entire landscape or create an inviting scene. Browse yard art ideas from a seasoned gardener to get inspiration to take your lawn from drab to fab.

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20 Yard Art Ideas And Tips To Elevate Your Outdoor SpaceVIA MERCHANT

The best yard art ideas are those that inspire you. As a gardener and interior designer with more than 20 years of experience, I know a thing or two about how design and the outdoors mesh well together.

Whether you’re creating a zen garden, an English garden, a country vibe or a sleek and contemporary outdoor space, adding art to your landscape adds interest, but more importantly, it should bring you joy.

First, look at your outdoor space from different angles and a visitors point of view, then ask yourself some questions. Where is the eye drawn? Is there a focal point? Is there a path pointing the direction, and does there need to be one? Or is your space a blank slate? 

Anyone can go to a big box store and pick up a metal bench that looks exactly like everyone else’s on the block, but with a little hunting you can find a fun and functional piece of art. Luckily, we’re here to help. The goal in choosing art for your yard is to reflect your style and create a balance of shape, style, color and height. Read on for a list of products and yard art ideas to inspire you. 

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Romantic Garden Art

The Divine Patroness of Gardens Statue is hand-crafted and cast in a weather-friendly resin. As a result, she’s a lightweight yet durable beauty—an important factor for yard art ideas. 

And as the guardian of your garden (say that three times fast), she deserves to be put on a pedestal. This compatible option (also from Design Toscano) is available in three heights and is a classic all-around plinth for use as a side table, a plant stand or an art display.

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Celestial Circles 

Classic gardens have sundials or armillary spheres to pay homage to the skies. This metal armillary will withstand the seasons for backyard beauty all year long. The Celestial Garden Armillary stands at 43-½ inches high and 31 inches wide. Consider putting it on a pedestal or plant stand to make a statement.

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Steel Obelisk Trellis

This heavy-duty Steel Obelisk comes in your choice of eight colors and three sizes to fit the scale of your space. The handsome sculpture will look stunning with or without climbing plants. Leave this functional art piece, which doubles as a bird cafe, in the yard to add interest no matter the season.

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Kinetic Sculptures

Everyone loves a mesmerizing artistic spinner. The Waldschmidt Spinner is easily staked into the ground and reaches six-feet high, giving you an affordable vertical focal point. Use the design principle of three for a bigger impact.

For a little more color, hang this Double Rainbow spinner from a shepherd’s hook or a tree branch and watch it dance.

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Statement Bench

This Grand Peacock sculptural bench looks beautiful from every angle. It’s made from oxidation-resistant coated metal for a long life outdoors. Add some gorgeous outdoor pillows and put it in a place of honor for all to see. This love seat combines art, beauty and function for a multi-purpose yard art idea.

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Water Fountain Art

A water fountain is a beautiful way to add art to your yard. This illuminated Buddha Fountain will bring a sense of calm to your sanctuary. It stands 32-inches high and can be placed on a pedestal for added height. Even though it’s crafted to look like stone, this fountain is made of resin so it’s easy to move indoors for the winter. The light is built into the unit creating a focal point at night, too.

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Wind Chimes

Wind chimes add a sonic beauty and a sense of serenity to your garden. The Temple Bells hanging chimes are an artful expression with a perfect pitch: Shoppers love the delicate and soothing sounds it delivers. Now, the only thing your zen garden needs is a hammock

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Bird Bath Art

Bird baths are obvious yard art ideas. They are nice water features to have in your backyard, with the added bonus of providing for the wildlife. This Summers Splash pick is cast in a lightweight weather-resistant resin and hand-finished to classic perfection. This one will make you and the birds happy.

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Heirloom Herons

This pair of large bird statues are graceful and strong. Hand-crafted and cast in bronze, these herons will withstand the elements forever, while still maintaining a timeless look. Adding these beauties to your koi pond or poolside is a natural fit because they’re also piped for water (just add a pump for each one). 

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Metal Agave Art

For a contemporary and maintenance-free yard art idea, add these hand-painted Metal Agave Plants. Use them to create a funky border, add color to your space or to add some texture among your plants. The hand-crafted sculptures come in eight colors and two sizes at an affordable price—making them one of our favorite cheap landscaping yard art ideas.

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Custom Yard Art Ideas

Add a pop of color and whimsy to your yard with these custom art pieces. These versatile and original porch signs can be hung, leaned or staked (hardware is included). Choose from a variety of sizes, shapes and colors. Or, have the artist create a personalized design to bring your yard art ideas to life. Each cherished wooden porch sign is hand-painted and triple-sealed for weather resistance. 

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Whimsical Yard Art

For a twist on the myth, this fun metal gothic dragon statue adds whimsy and personality to your yard. At 23-inches long and 17-inches high, Cheddar the cheesy dragon begs for attention. Adopt this adorable creature and welcome him into your home. 

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Lighted Pedestal Planter

Lighting creates ambiance, especially when it becomes an art feature. This Bayou Breeze planter and lit pedestal is functional art that adds a warm touch to your outdoor decor. 

The earthy rusty finish adds an organic feel to the space, while the clean lines give off a contemporary vibe. This battery-operated planter has a built-in timer to keep the pedestal lit for six hours. Grab two to create balance in your landscape. 

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Solar Yard Art Ideas

When it comes to garden decor ideas, lighting is like jewelry—a sparkling final touch. The Stargazing Hanging Light is an enchanting bauble that comes to life at night. The large blue metal ball adds color to the yard during the day while it soaks up the rays to make its magic at night. 

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Fairy Art Light

Details matter in design and this little Fairy Solar Light will add an artful touch to your patio table or brighten up your romantic garden at night. The solar light is 11-inches high and made of weather-resistant resin, making it a natural fit for any spot in your yard.

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Metal Privacy Screen

We love the versatility of metal privacy screens. Outdoor panels can create a focal point or background for a cozy corner. Hang them on an exterior wall as weather-resistance sculptural wall art or use it on the stand and plant a living wall. With a variety of patterns and colors to choose from, it’s easy to find one to suit your style.

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Wall Planter Set

Use vertical space to add a lush look to your patio or deck. These sophisticated gold and white wall mount planters create a contemporary living wall—just add your favorite flowers. Made with durable iron, this three-piece set brings high style to your outdoor space.

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Laser Cut Metal Art

Nurture your sense of innocent wonder and joy with this silhouette Dandelion Girl garden stake. Place her in front of your hedges, next to a building or in front of your plants for a contrasting background. She’s sure to make you smile whenever you cross her path.

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Hidden Surprises Art

Tuck a gnome in a tree or hang him on a fence post to surprise your guests. Camouflaged in earth toned faux-bark, this little guy is made of durable resin for outdoor or indoor use. These garden gnomes are so cute and so affordable, you’re going to want to grab an extra as a gift.

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Hand-Painted Horse Bench

Looking for yard art ideas that really make a statement? The realistic hand-painted Saddle-Up Horse Bench is sure to please people of all ages—and be in high demand for selfies. Nothing will make an impression quite like having a horse in your backyard. The best part about owning this animal: it’s care-free.

Weighing in at only 82 pounds, this sculptural stallion can easily be moved with two people and includes mounting plates for secure installation. It’s made of high-quality resin and reinforced with fiberglass for a 400-pound weight capacity. If horses don’t warm your heart, Design Toscano also offers unicorn, cow, dinosaur and bear benches.

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Designer Tips for Placing Outdoor Art

Consider height and color with the flowers and accessories you choose. Will they detract from your art, or enhance it?  How will it look in the middle of an existing flower bed? Or should your art stand alone? A row of bushes is a nice backdrop to help art pop. As in floral design, use the thriller, filler, spiller concept if you want plants around your art piece

Size and scale matter in yard art, too. If your piece is dwarfed by the landscape, it won’t have as much impact. That doesn’t mean that you need large pieces everywhere, you simply need to strive for balance. Tuck smaller art pieces around plants and let large items take center stage. 

Durability and construction are considerations, especially come winter time. Bronze, stone and metals can withstand the elements better than lightweight resin or wood. Protecting outdoor furniture and art from inclement weather helps longevity, so think about whether pieces will need winter storage.

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Sheri Kaz
As Associate Shopping Editor, Sheri helps Family Handyman readers find well-designed products to enjoy their time spent at home. Her expertise lies in interior design and gardening. When she’s not searching for the next inspired home or garden solution, she enjoys dancing, painting and the great outdoors.