As the weather is starting to warm and we’re getting some sunny days, it’s possible to picture spring coming with blooming flowers. But if you’re like many people, you may not have a ton of time for gardening. Below are four easy options for repurposing objects you likely have around the house into unique planters.
1. Log or tree stump
Turning a fallen log or an old tree stump from an eyesore into a planter with relative ease. If the log or stump is already soft, you’re ready to clear out another few inches and plant. If not, use a sharp object (a shovel or an axe should work) to create the space needed. A bonus: the decaying wood provides nutrients.
A wine or brewing barrel makes a rustically beautiful planter. If you don’t have one on-hand, you can buy them at most garden centers or hardware stores. If you are repurposing the barrel, you’ll need to drill drainage holes at the bottom and add wire mesh before planting.
A wheelbarrow is probably the most accessible yard tool to repurpose. Like the barrel, you’ll need to drill drainage holes and add mesh wire. Add a coat of paint if you want your wheelbarrow to have an accent color. There’s also the added convenience of easily moving the wheelbarrow planter around the yard.
For a quirkier repurposed planter that has a whimsical feel, find a bicycle with a front and back basket that can become planters. If you’re into a rustic or shabby-chic look, a vintage bicycle will serve you well. This option is mobile by design and can be moved if you want to change your yard up.