We are going to be giving a presentation to the MSU (Michigan State University) extension program and then again to another large group on “Container Gardening”. So, I have been working on examples to share throughout the presentations.
I have to assume everyone we are talking to knows they can just go and buy different planters and containers. What I like to offer is unique, thrifty and fun alternatives. I think that this is something that sets DTL Herbs apart from other presenter's. And why venues keep asking us back year after year to do more presentations.
So, over the next couple of weeks I will share with you the different thrifty and fun containers I come up with and how to make them yourself.
Today I am going to share a redo from a dumpster dive find. All of you know, if I can get it for free and reuse it, I will! And since today is Earth Day, I thought that it was perfect. Not only did I save something from a landfill, I used items I already had on hand to redo them. No added consumer waste!
This planter was in the dumpster along with a few others. I always need planters for different reasons so, I snatch them up. None had cracks or holes in them so, they got scrubbed down.
Once the planter was clean, I spray painted it black. I did not use any kind of special spray paint. Just a cheapo brand.
I know you all have see all these cute wall clings at the dollar stores. I had this already in my stash of craft supplies. So, I thought why not use it on on the planter!
The cling was actually a translucent light gray. That would not show up on the black pot. So, I grabbed a cheap can of white spray paint and sprayed the entire cling. Did you know you can spray paint these wall clings? Yup, you can and it comes out great!
Just added a new life and look to a freebie container! This was almost too easy to do! I did not spray the whole thing with any kind of sealant. Just the cheap black spray paint and dollar store decals.
I did this simple redo 3 years ago. This planter has been outside for three years in harsh Michigan weather. I never tucked it under something or in a garage. Nope, out in the elements it has been for 3 years. And it still looks pretty much the way it does above. The paint never chipped or wore off. The decals are still attached!
Who can beat free?!
By the way, the white wicker chair was a trash day curbside freebie as was the little wicker table. The table started out as this…
……with a can of white spray paint it got a new life!
So, take a second look at your planters or maybe even some freebie planters and see how to bring a new life to them!