How to Make a Chair Planter


When is a chair not a chair? When it’s filled with a dazzling array of colourful plants. B&Q kindly gave us a gift card to try their new range of 100% recyclable easyGrow bedding plants with teabag technology, so I was browsing Pinterest for some creative ideas when I spotted a chair that had been turned into a planter. I love to see objects that have been repurposed and given a new lease of life, so I
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The chair was £5 from a charity shop and I painted it black and then asked a carpenter who was doing some work on my house to take the seat out and fit a wooden box in the base and he drilled some holes in the bottom for drainage.
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Before filling with compost put a few crocks in the bottom to stop soil clogging the drainage holes.
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The chair was planted up last autumn with pansies from B & Q’s range of tea bag plants which are a great idea as they are very eco-friendly – no polystyrene packaging to clog up landfill. I also added some small ivy, a grass and a heuchera for added interest from the extensive range of evergreens at B & Q. Initially I planted a couple of sweet williams but they were crowding the pansies so I pulled them out and the grass had to go as it was lost in the mass of pansies.
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The photo was taken in June when everything had filled out nicely although the ivy will take a while to climb around the back of the chair. I added a few diascia to trail down the base and give a shot of pink. A pretty addition to any garden and a great way of adding colour if you have limited space. It’s also very easy to replant when you fancy a change. The pansies could be swapped for summer annuals such as cosmos or pelargoniums but leaving the evergreens so you always have a basic structure of planting to add to whatever the season.
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  • Beverly Johnson
    on May 1, 2016

    Beautiful idea. What type of paint did you use? Also what keeps the wood in the planter from rotting?

    • 178408
      on May 18, 2016

      Hi Beverly, I used exterior woodwork paint and I lined the bottom of the chair with plastic to give it some protection, hope that helps!

  • Cha33746726
    on Jul 6, 2018

    Can I just use a iron old chair I really don't want to cut them they are beautiful

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  • Skingels
    on May 4, 2016

    Try doing it with succulents. My mom has one it's really cute!

  • Charlene Wilson
    on May 4, 2016

    I covered a childs wooden rocking chair with moss put seat on it from a garden fabric filled with soil and plants.

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