Here 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.
There are so many fun things you can use if you search around a junk store or thrift store. Wagons, old bowls, old collanders, tool boxes – you name it. You can make a DIY planter out of just about anything!
DIY Planters from Vintage Finds
I was lucky enough to grab this guy from my husband’s aunt:
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)
And….this guy was siting in the same basement just waiting on me to take him home:
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.
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!