Thrifting & Recycling Inspiration: Make a Rustic Farmhouse Decor Succulent Planter

Sometimes you wonder how you got so lucky.  You stumbled upon a darling little planter at the thrift store that begged for a new home.  Of course you grabbed it and couldn’t wait to dress it up and include it in your own decor.

Best of all, your little second-hand birdhouse-themed treasure has a rustic farmhouse-style whitewashed finish, so you don’t even have to get the paint out!

So how do you mind your budget and makeover this little cutie into a farmhouse-inspired decorative planter for your home without spending any more money?

Reduce, Reuse and Get Crafty

When you’re thrifty and creative, likely you’ll find the components to your new little planter decor squirreled somewhere around the house.

Fortunately, this little planter was slightly larger than two empty tea tins that were saved away in a closet “just because they’re colorful and cute and could be re-purposed for something crafty down the road.”  Sound familiar?

The mini cactus was overdue to be transplanted to a larger container and the other succulent was saved as a cutting from a gifted flower arrangement.
(Thank you, daughter.)

To transplant the succulents, make a few holes in the bottom of the tins with a nail and a hammer, then add some soil and the plants.  You’ve done this before, haven’t you?

The inside of this birdhouse planter came pre-equipped with a plastic liner, which will prevent water from draining out of the planter onto a tabletop or shelf.  If your thrift store treasure doesn’t have a liner, consider attaching a piece of plastic from a freezer-grade plastic storage bag before placing the planted succulents inside.

Next, tie some raffia or twine in a bow around the handle and leave the tails long enough to casually trail down below the bases of the plants.

At this point you could be finished, but you might be inclined to add some filler around the plants.  Sphagnum moss or pebbles would work if you have some on hand.

Another creative solution for plant filler is shredded paper from brown paper bags.  Simply run a brown bag through your paper shredder to make as much as you need.


Put Your Recyclables on Display

The last step is easy:  Proudly display your little farmhouse-inspired, recycled brown bag and tea tin trash-to-treasure succulent planter on a counter, tabletop or shelf.  It’s up to you to decide whether or not to brag about how easy and cheap your little DIY planter was to make!


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