I'm sure you can find an unused colander in your kitchen cabinet or at the dollar store to transform into a countertop salad garden! I'd much rather use this colander to fill up with healthful salad than a bunch of pasta! Just add soil and plants.
Try nailing your kids outgrown rubber rain boots to your wooden fence, then plant with some hearty marigolds or other colorful flowers. As if rain boots weren't cute enough on their own! Or could just use as cute planters in the yard.