New Look for an Old Basket

Need a quick front porch project…
Got any old baskets lying around the house?
A New Use for an Old Basket
During my Spring Cleaning…this basket was headed for the trash when I decided to repurpose it.
I love the look of flowers in baskets. I had nothing to lose.
I can always throw it away later if it doesn’t wear well this summer. (look at how rough it is)
I gave the handle of the basket a quick fix with some craft glue held together with a binder clip.
I used a thin grocery store bag to line the basket and keep the dirt in place.
You might want to poke a few small holes in the bag for drainage.
Once you’ve filled the basket with dirt, tuck the remaining bag neatly around the sides of the basket.
My basket will be on a shaded front porch.
I chose flowers that will grow well in shade.
I started with a couple larger pink geraniums and filled with smaller pink impatiens and purple violas.
TIP: Remember not to pack the basket so full that the flowers don’t have room to grow.
Now that Garage Sale season is upon us. You may want to keep a look out for a cheap basket or two.
That is… if you don’t have any old baskets lying around waiting to be rescued.

Suggested materials:

  • Old basket
  • Potting soil
  • Flowers

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Sue Eldred

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Have a question about this project?

2 questions
  • Bck6102249
    on May 18, 2016

    How long do you feel the basket would hold up to rain and sun? I live in the Midwest

    • Sue Eldred
      on May 18, 2016

      @Bckholl I live in the Midwest too. It depends on if you're going to have it on a covered porch or out in the open. On a covered porch it would last several years unless it gets bumped around and moved a lot. Out in the open maybe a year or two. If you're using an old beat up basket like mine it might only make it one summer. (But the investment is low.)

    • Nancee
      on May 20, 2016

      I've been using a few baskets for 3-4 years and they still are fine. I like the look!

    • Sheryl Dunham
      on May 23, 2016

      Who cares if it only holds up for one was going in the trash anyway.

  • Jacqui
    on Apr 16, 2018

    My old basket that I want to use to plant in is mildewing. How do I clean (if that's even an option)? Or do I toss?

    • Sue Eldred
      on Apr 16, 2018

      It you want to still use it, you could empty out the dirt and clean it with a diluted water and bleach solution. (I keep mine for a couple seasons and then toss it.)

    • Shirley
      on Nov 25, 2018

      If it will be outdoors, why worry about the mildew? It will get wet anyway, and no doubt the mildew would return. Consider it disposable after a season's use.

    • Karen
      on May 25, 2019

      Bleach will diminish the mildew

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