Chair Planter

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I was tag saling and came across this beautiful distressed green chair with no seat. It was practically screaming at me to plant flowers in it… so I bought it for $3. The paint was already perfect so I just decoupaged on some flowers I cut out from a cool piece of tissue paper I had laying around.

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After I sprayed the heck out of it with clear matte sealant (about 10 coats), I made a kind of basket out of chicken wire and put it in the hole where the seat would have been. Using gloves would have been smart at this point, because my hands were not happy with me after that. I stapled it in with a ton of staples and then lined it with garden fabric, also stapled in. Then I filled it with dirt and plopped in the flowers. I used white petunias and vinca vine, thinking they would fill it out and overflow quite nicely. The vines were my wife’s idea. Some mulch to top it off and voila!

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It’s found a nice home under my peach tree.

Here are some examples of planter chairs I found on WordPress and from some that I’ve pinned on Pinterest (my go-to page for anything I want to remember):

http://flowersavvydesigntips.wordpress.com/2010/05/10/an-old-chair-takes-front-seat-in-the-garden-when-it-becomes-a-planter-by-sharon-mcgukin/  – Nicely executed and with directions.

http://laceandlures.blogspot.com/2009/03/my-little-flower-garden.html  – My DREAM garden look.  So much color, so much upcycling, and a birdhouse!

http://www.cre8tivedesignsinc.com/2010/05/chair-planter/  – I LOVE how she threw a bunch of random “objects” in to this one.  A flea market extravaganza all in one little garden display.

UPDATE:  I was posted as a “guest blogger” on 30 Days/30 Things- a really cool blog by folks who challenged themselves to create 30 things using upcycled items for 30 days.  They did it and then decided to continue posting ideas from other people until they ran out of ideas.  That was 817 days ago!  How cool is that?!?!  Here’s their site- so many AMAZING ideas!

http://www.weupcycle.com/tag-817-gastbeitrag-beetstuhl/

 

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29 thoughts on “Chair Planter

  1. Winter Owls says:

    So lovely, what a clever idea!

  2. naturalannie says:

    What a great idea! I have similar old chair sitting around, I was going to throw it out, yet it has a nice shape. Now I know what to do with it!

  3. elenadiazs says:

    Cool!!!! Idea to adopt when I have a garden 😉
    Great blog, thank you for the nice stuff shared.

  4. gardeningvix says:

    It’s adorable! Xxx

  5. letouzel says:

    Hi there thank you for stopping by my blog today! I really love this idea with the old chair! I’m guessing you would store it away for the winter?

  6. saref2901 says:

    I’ve been looking for cheap items to use as planters to add interest to my container garden but would never have thought of a chair – thanks so much for the inspiration!

    • craftymadre says:

      Oooo… A container garden. That sounds delightful. Do you have pictures on your blog of it? And I hope you put pictures up if you try the chair idea.

      My next project (although a little one) is to make a hanging plant holder out of a bunt cake pan I got at a thrift store. Thrift stores and tag sales are the best place for cheap items that I can experiment with and don’t mind leaving outside.

      • saref2901 says:

        I agree – just wish I had more time to look around them more often!

        I hope to put some pictures of the garden as I try to improve it. Our house is rented and the back garden is part paved and part wood chip so we can’t plant in the ground. It’s good though as we can change things and move things around!

  7. I think we might plan on doing this with an old wooden foot stool we found in our new rental house! What a great idea!

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  9. Your chair planter turned out great! I love it.

  10. This is so awesome! Thanks for sharing! I see a project in my future.

  11. lyates1 says:

    Wow! What a brilliant idea. Very creative 🙂 xx

  12. Many Cha Cha Michelle says:

    Love it!

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