In our last blog we discussed creating unique gates and walkways from found and reclaimed materials. This can be a fun way to add some art into your garden. The pieces you create are one of a kind and reflect your personal style and taste. Another fun project is to create planters using these same methods.
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The trend makers refer to these type of reclaimed planters as “upcycled” meaning they are recycled in a new and improved way. Creating something from the found objects that were never expected to be used in that way. These planters can then be filled with annuals, perennials (just be sure to plant them in the ground at the end of the season) or vegetables. The most important thing to remember about using found objects to create planters is that they need to have drainage. It is easy to drill holes into the bottom of just about anything to make sure the water drains out and doesn’t water log your chosen plants.
Here are some fun ideas for creating “upcycled” planters:
1. Crates, Barrels, Bins and Boxes – You can find many of these types of containers at antique shops, flea markets and garage sales. Often then can be very inexpensive. You can plant in them “as is” or line them with burlap or fabric so soil does not come out of any gaps and holes. If you are going to set your container on a deck or patio it is a good idea to line the container. If you are setting them within the garden this may not be necessary.
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2. Cooking Pots, Vases, Tins, Bread Boxes – Objects usually found in the kitchen make grate planters because they were originally used to hold something. Old coffee cans or something with a vintage label can be fun as well. Or try pots and pans, colanders (for succulents) and muffin tins. Use a canister sets for matching containers.
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3. “Out of The Box” Items – Try using items like old shoes and boots, hollowed out books, children’s toys and more. Things like purses can be a neat gift once planted for Mother’s Day, birthdays or party décor. Try using sea shells for a beach theme or an old charcoal grill for the patio.