Elf house on a tree! That would be cute in the garden, especially in the tree over grown with ivy. How about some battery tea lights in the windows during outdoor parties. I hear the fairies/elves whispering "home school project" in my ear.
Tip of the Day: Keep bugs out of your kids' sandbox this summer with a simple, all-natural bug repellant: cinnamon! Just mix a cup of cinnamon in with the sand and it will repel ants, centipedes, flies, and even neighborhood cats. Really works great!
You may opt to use old recycled tires for any number of reasons, from garden planters to tire swings to unusual lawn art. You may also feel that their dull, ordinary black color would cause them to be an eyesore. However, with just a little time and effort, they can be as bright and colorful as your imagination allows.