Sometimes I find discarded objects on the side of the road that have a ton of potential. I may have a project in mind instantly, or not, but regardless, it usually comes home with me.
Walking home from the park recently I picked up a dome shaped wire object that was once the top of a bird cage. It could have become a woven lampshade, but combined with another thrifted find of a wine bucket stand, I’ve transformed it into a mid-century style wire planter.
It’s been a while since I shared a big upcycling project (although I have a few in the works), and I’m really pleased how this one has turned out. Mid Century style planter stands have become super trendy of late, but they are not cheap, so I was lucky to have everything I needed on hand. My only added expense was the basket liner (about $7), some good potting mix and plants.
It was a really easy project that took me less than an hour to complete.
You will need:
- Wine bucket stand
- Large wire basket (I’ve used the top of a bird cage)
- 3 cable ties
- Black spray paint (or colour of choice) optional
- Coconut husk basket liner (to fit size of bowl)
- Wire cutter/heavy duty scissors
1. Sit wire basket on top of stand.
2. Use cable ties to fasten top of stand to basket.
3. Clip ends of cable ties.
4. If desired, spray paint assembled stand the colour of your choice. Follow manufacturers recommended drying time.
Some handy Spray Painting Tips over here
5. Line with coconut husk liner, fill with soil and plant as desired.
I’ve chosen to plant herbs in my planter in hopes that it will save me buying pre-packaged herbs from the supermarket, but I have black thumbs so not sure how they will hold up. The bonus with this planter as opposed to planting directly into garden beds, is that I can move it around to chase the sun in winter, and move it out of the harsh heat in summer.
If you are after a low maintenance alternative, succulents are easy to grow and have a mid-century vibe.