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Chair Planter

Use an old recycled chair from the junk to make into a planter for flowers to set in the garden.

Approximate Time: 1 1/2 hours.


  • chair
  • 4 screws
  • saw
  • paint
  • screwdriver
  • pot with flowers


Get an old chair to use. Take the seat off and use as a pattern to cut one out of hard wood to withstand the weather.

Before planting flowers in the pot, turn it upside down and center in the middle of the new cut out seat. Draw around the pot. Now draw another line about 1/2 inches inside that hole. This will be your cutting line. If you use the first one your pot will fall through. It needs to be a bit smaller then the top of the pot. A roto zip tool or jig saw works nice.


Paint the chair and seat. You may want to paint or spray it with polyurethane to protect it. You may want to keep your chair old and rustic and not paint it at all. Screw the seat on after it dries.

Plant the flowers in the pot and place the pot in the hole. I used a hanging flower pot I got for Mother's Day but removed the hangers.

All ready to set in the garden and look at when you are out there working hard. It'll make your work seem more worthwhile.

By Little Suzy from Millbury, Oh


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June 17, 20090 found this helpful

I sell at a Farmers Market every weekend. Several years back there was a gal selling chairs suck as this along with a bunch of other unusual things to use a planters. She did really well$$! One of the coolest was this old scraggly pair of scuffed up leather high top work boots. With bright colored flowers in them they looked wonderful! I could go on & on & on with the crazy things she used as planters & sold. Besides the boots, another favorite of mine was an old beat up birdcage. You can use hanging ones or the big standing cages are great for outside on the porch planters. She even used bird houses, old rusty buckets with holes in them, the pockets of blue jeans & old broken depression glass. It's strange how with the flowers added, the chips in old china made it look even better! Her secret was to use many different textures & color of flowers & foliage together. Just drill some drainage holes & use your imagination. It's recycling at it's very best!

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