Swap Meet Find Becomes Unique Vintage Succulent Planter


I needed a housewarming gift for a friend and new I wanted to give her a succulent planter, so off to the swap meet I went. She is into vintage cars so I was looking for something along those lines. In the very last row of the swap meet I found this beauty. She was exactly what I was looking for. Of course, she needed a little sprucing up first, but that was the fun part.
swap meet find becomes unique vintage succulent planter, container gardening, flowers, gardening, succulents
swap meet find becomes unique vintage succulent planter, container gardening, flowers, gardening, succulents
Here she is in her original condition, still pretty awesome, but I wanted a bright color on her for the succulents to play off of.
swap meet find becomes unique vintage succulent planter, container gardening, flowers, gardening, succulents
I had to insert some screen under the hood to keep the dirt from falling out.
swap meet find becomes unique vintage succulent planter, container gardening, flowers, gardening, succulents
I taped off the wheels, steering wheel and headlights because they were fine just as they were. No paint needed.
swap meet find becomes unique vintage succulent planter, container gardening, flowers, gardening, succulents
First coat of paint. I used Rustoleum in a bright yellow - perfect to showcase the greens of the succulents I would be planting.
swap meet find becomes unique vintage succulent planter, container gardening, flowers, gardening, succulents
All planted and ready to go. I used mostly cuttings from my garden and planted them in soil that I had placed in the body of the car.
swap meet find becomes unique vintage succulent planter, container gardening, flowers, gardening, succulents
For succulent planters, you want three components: a thriller, a filler and a spiller. The thriller is the big one in the upper right hand corner, the spillers are the burro tails I placed to drape over the rear fenders and I used all kinds of plants for the fillers.
swap meet find becomes unique vintage succulent planter, container gardening, flowers, gardening, succulents
I planted them in snug so there would be no dirt showing.
swap meet find becomes unique vintage succulent planter, container gardening, flowers, gardening, succulents
Since they are cuttings I mist them twice a day to get them established. After a couple of weeks I will actually water them.
swap meet find becomes unique vintage succulent planter, container gardening, flowers, gardening, succulents
She looks great on my patio table - I kind of hate to give her away now. But she will be going to a great home and will gets lots of love and attention.

Suggested materials:

  • Rustoleum spray paint  (Home Depot)
  • Succulents  (From my yard)

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  • Debi-14
    on Jun 22, 2016

    Adorable! I love the bright yellow with the green succulents, too. Fantastic job. Can you suggest any ideas on where to locate these cars, please?

    • Karolin
      on Jul 5, 2016

      Try thrift stores, garage sales. I have found some very interesting toy cars in these facilities in the children's toy sections - and the cost is minimal.

  • Reenee Gray
    on Aug 11, 2016

    Did you check to see what the value of that vintage you car was ? Otherwise I love what you did .

    • Beverly Hirsch
      on Jul 2, 2018

      Judging from the comparable sizes of other items near it, and the table it's sitting on, I would say it's way too small to be a pedal car. A child's body fits into a pedal car. This is a toy car. So, I doubt she has a great antique find there. It IS perfect, however, for the use she put it to. Gorgeous!!

  • SallyBane
    on Jun 25, 2017

    Could you use the plastic type cars? Loved your idea!!

    • Shirley Olson
      on Sep 18, 2017

      Yes you can! Just make sure you use paint intended for plastic, it adheres to "flexible" surfaces much better than regular spray paint and won't flake off if you go to move it!

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  • Linda Abate
    on Sep 18, 2017

    WOW, a great way to add some color to your garden. This is a way of keeping something that I am sure has some sentimental value to it to your family. Perhaps it belonged to a child in your family or someone you may have known. Love the way you chose to keep it alive.

  • Wendy
    on Oct 30, 2017

    Cuuuute!

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