Thrift Store Gardening: DIY Planters

10 Materials
2 Hours

No matter the season, the thrift store always has treasures just waiting to be found! I especially love shopping during gardening season though because the possibilities for planters and garden decor abound. All it takes is a little patience and a wide-open imagination.
thrift store gardening diy planters
I'd been looking for a colander just like this for a while (that's the patience part).

When I finally found it, I snatched it up and poked around for a couple more pieces that would work together to make a planter.

I found this lovely blue candle holder for $2, and a Pfaltzgraff plate for $1. Along with my $2 colander, I had a plant stand in the making for just $5!
thrift store gardening diy planters
I started with a good coat of glue along the top of the candle holder. Gorilla glue is my absolute favorite, and if you want to hear me go on and on about how wonderful it is, just hang around for a while. I love this stuff!
thrift store gardening diy planters
It's a pretty straight-forward process. Next, I centered the plate on the candle holder. It had a nice little handy section right in the middle that made it easy to get it glued right in place.
thrift store gardening diy planters
Finally, I glued the colander onto the plate and let it dry. You probably notice those globs of glue edging out from under the feet of the colander. That's nothing to worry about. After a good cure time (at least 24 hours - this project got about 36) those dried pieces of extra glue were a snap to trim right off with an Xacto knife.
thrift store gardening diy planters
I decided to give this one a coat of primer - mostly because of the paint finish I planned to use. I didn't want to use more paint than I had to because these specialty finishes are not inexpensive. Primer is.
thrift store gardening diy planters
Since the stand will be outdoors, I gave it a clear coat to protect it from the weather.

After the paint was dry, I lined the colander with coco fiber, added some potting soil, and 4 small plants. All done!

I love my little thrifted plant stand that cost just over $10, paint included.

Don't you just love a great thrift store find? All it takes is a little patience and a wide-open imagination. Have fun!
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  • Debbie Alvarado
    on Jun 15, 2017

    What color of paint is that? Love it! You did great!

  • Norma Horn
    on Sep 18, 2017

    will that gorilla glue withstand freezing temps

    • Beth Roche-Snee
      on Sep 17, 2018

      Hot glue will melt outside in the sun. I’ve been a florist for over 30 years and will not use hot glue on a silk wreath to be hung on a door.

  • Carol Holloman
    on Jul 11, 2018

    what is coco fiber and where do I find it?

    • To Work With My Hands
      on Jul 11, 2018

      It's a fiber lining for wire hanging baskets made from coconut fibers and is designed to "hold" the soil in place when the wires on a basket have gaps so large that soil would fall through. You can find them in garden centers or the garden department of home improvement stores like Lowe's or Home Depot.

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