Plastic Hamper

I have an old hamper and was trying to come up with something creative to use it for. It is one of those plastic Rubbermaid ones with the slits in the back. Any ideas would be much appreciated!!

Amy Copeland

April 26, 20030 found this helpful

You could spray paint it terra cotta or forest green, to make it look like an outdoor planter pot, stuff straw around the openings, punch a few drainage holes in the bottom, and make an outdoor planter out of it. Plant a large showy flowering annual or perennial in it. Or, if it's the deep clothes hamper like I have, grow some potatoes in it -- start with a layer of dirt, compost, maybe shredded leaves, and plant your 'taters. As they grow add more dirt/compost on top. When they reach the top, let them finish growing and in the late Summer/early Fall you should have some fresh potatoes! Just don't forget to keep it watered.

You could also use it as a storage bin, if you wrapped whatever you are storing, such as clothes, in see-through plastic bags first (so you can identify what has been stored). The hamper would serve to stack the bags of clothes neatly.

Or turn it upside down, attach a small flat surface to the bottom to act as a tabletop (something recycled?), paint the whole thing one color, and you have a small garden pedestal or a small table to put next to your lawn chair. Maybe even twine some fake ivy in and out of the slots to complete that outdoorsy look.

The last thing I can think of is to attach it to the garage wall and use it as a storage bin -- it would be great as a place for the kids to throw their toys into at the end of the day.

Good luck, and keep thinking outside the box!


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We use an old hamper with slits as a mini composter. The slits allow enough air to circulate through the leaves and clippings to process it into compost.

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