I love when I can take something that’s been discarded and give it new life. I wouldn’t call me a junk collector by any means. Clutter typically isn’t my thing. But I love it when I can find something that someone else thinks is junk and see it in a different way, repurpose it and make it useful – like this DIY planter.
Last week, stores finally started opening up again and I took the afternoon to spend time visiting my favorite vintage stores here in Grand Rapids. I specifically like one near my house called Pinky’s Place because it always has great deals and is full of unique finds.
Finding the perfect piece
When I walked in, not only was I looking for something to create an island in the greenhouse (Wait until you see what I found for that!) but I was also looking for a garden DIY idea for an Instagram sponsorship.
The brand did not sponsor this post, but I felt like this idea was worth sharing with all of you because it’s a perfect example of how creative you can be when you let your mind wander. They had sent photos of what they were looking for – DIY potting benches, DIY planters and old dressers turned into flower beds – but my heart couldn’t really stand the idea of take a nice piece of furniture and cutting holes in it. I also didn’t have a lot of time to make this. I needed something simple, with big impact and charm.
In one of my favorite booths, I stumbled upon an old, metal chicken feeder. Right away I could see its potential and envision it hanging in the greenhouse overflowing with beautiful plants.
But was it right for this project? I wandered around the store for a bit longer and decided that I didn’t really care if it was right for that partnership. I wanted to make the DIY planter from the old chicken feeder anyways. That’s how much I loved it and how perfect I knew it would be for my space.
I snatched it up along with a few more beautiful pieces full of rustic goodness and charm. And it didn’t take much to turn it into a DIY planter. I love the galvanized color, I loved the rust spots and I loved the clean lines so I didn’t want to alter any of that really.
How I made the DIY planter
Here’s what I used:
- Rust-oleum Clear Enamel to stop rust and protect it and my plants
I decided to use the DIY planter as an herb planter. Since it wasn’t very deep, I couldn’t use it for vegetables. Also, since technically there was some rust, I didn’t really want to use it for something like lettuce – even though I coated it with the Rust-oleum. I decided herbs would look beautiful in it and I could use them if I wanted to or just use it as decoration.
To make it, I simply sprayed it with two coats of the Rust-oleum and let it dry. Then Kevin and I hung it from the rafters in the greenhouse with twine. (I promise I’ll give you a full greenhouse tour soon!)
Then I added a little dirt and lined up my herbs. I added some pink begonias for a bit of color.
You can see a step-by-step in the video above.
Herb & floral drier
My chicken feeder had legs on it that were made to help stabilize it when a bunch of chickens were eating from it. They were very tough and I couldn’t bend them at all. I also didn’t want to cut them off and risk having something that was a bit too sharp on the edges.
I decided to leave the legs as is and use them as a place to dry herbs. Because of that, I love that this really became a 2-in-1 project. I had an herb drier on my list for the year and now I’m not sure I’ll need to do it.
I’m so pleased with how it turned out. What do you guys think?
If you want to do something similar, check your local vintage stores or salvages stores for old chicken planters. Or you can check Etsy. Sometimes I find wonderful things on there.