DIY/Thrifty Decorating

DIY Planters from Vintage Finds

DIY Planters from a vintage metal toolbox and a rusty red wagonHere in Georgia, we have summer days for what feels like forever!  Last year, I had roses until December, so I figure, it’s never too late to add a few more DIY farmhouse style planters to my yard.  But, if you’re working on a budget, you have to be creative and thrifty.  Planters can get pretty pricey, especially during peak season.  Come along to see how I added some more color and farmhouse style with an old rusty wagon and a vintage metal toolbox.

I was lucky enough to grab this guy from my husband’s aunt:

DIY farmhouse style planter using a rusty craftsman toolbox

She is moving and I got the lucky task of rummaging through her basement.  She has quite a few of these, but I practiced some self restraint and only took one.  I don’t really have any use for a heavy metal toolbox, but I know this guy has potential.  Why not make it a planter?  Since I’m on a budget, I found some inexpensive annuals that were about $6 total.   This one is going on my covered front porch so I chose not to drill drainage holes.  If it’s going to be out in the elements, use a drill and make 5 or 6 small holes in the bottom so your plants don’t drown.  I set it on an amazing chippy bench I found in the basement and moved some things around from my summer porch update (you can see that $12 update by clicking here)

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And….this guy was siting in the same basement just waiting on me to take him home:

DIY Farmhouse style planter from a rusty red wagon

Can’t you just picture the years of enjoyment someone had from this old wagon??

Now, I tried to drill holes in this one, but couldn’t get the drill to go through the rust/metal.  Probably could’ve tried a little harder, but since it’s such a shallow “planter”, it’s going to dry out very fast in the sun.  Unless we get a ton of rain at once, it should be fine.  I filled it with potting soil and added some more inexpensive annuals.  I chose Portulaca (these are some of my favorites!) and impatiens.  Then, I added a layer of mulch over the top to keep it from drying out so fast in the blazing sun.

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DIY Farmhouse style planter from a rusty red wagon  Not a bad way to spend about 10 bucks!  Two new easy DIY farmhouse style planters!  You can see a few of the other ideas from my $12 Thrifty Summer Porch Update , a DIY Dollar Store Planter Makeover, and a DIY Enamelware Planter

You don’t have to spend a lot to create some fun outdoor planters.  If you don’t have a basement to rummage through, you can find some unique items at thrift or vintage stores.  Get creative and happy planting!

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11 thoughts on “DIY Planters from Vintage Finds

    1. Thank you! And yes! Our knockout roses were still blooming last December. Craziest thing. But then again, in GA, it’s not unusual to be in shorts and a t-shirt on Thanksgiving or Christmas!

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