Upcycled crafts: 7 creative planters
Who knew that those little jars that once contained stewed carrots and pureed peaches could make such a dramatic presentation? Laura, the blogger behind Make Life Lovely, that’s who. She affixed nine jars to a castoff board with plumbing clamps to hold snipped buds, but it’d be just as easy to plant them with succulents for a longer lasting display.
A steel steal
The blogger behind Nina’s Apartment knows that flea-market finds are often the best fodder for an old-is-new craft project. When searching for an antique tin to mimic this pansy planter, remember that a bit of rust only adds to the charm — and a cleaner metal box will eventually discolor with regular watering.
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In the hot seat
Dressed to the nines
You won’t mind if your drawers runneth over when they’re flourishing with flowers and herbs. Karen from Somewhat Quirky painted and planted (and carefully counter-balanced) an old dresser she rescued for a cool $5.
Reinventing the wheel
Old tires languishing in the backyard may often be seen as a sign of neglect. But that’s not the case with the Greenhills’ garden, where tired treads are transformed into colorful, raised garden beds for tomatoes, squash, and more.
Can you guess what containers Hello Cupcake’s Stacy Wichelhaus used to create this mod look to showcase succulents for fellow blogger, Maddy of Somewhere Splendid? Well, can you? That’s right: They’re nothing more than trimmed-down, whitewashed soda cans.
Get the tutorial on SomewhereSplendid.com.
Make your own upcycled planter
If these planter projects have taught you anything, it’s this: If it can contain soil, you can grow something in it. All you have to do is follow these simple guidelines.
When possible, you want to create drain holes in the bottom of the container. To keep soil from rinsing out when you water the plants, line the vessel with a couple sheets of landscape fabric, then add a layer of lava rocks or gravel before topping up with soil. If punching proves impossible, add your rock bits and don’t pack soil too tightly. To create a vessel where there isn’t one as in the nifty chair planter, affix a basket lined with coconut coir.
Choose your plants based on how much space their roots need to spread, so your container won’t stifle them as they grow. (If you’re unsure, ask experts at the nursery.) Containers without good drainage will do better when planted with succulents, which don’t require much water to thrive.