How To Use Baskets as Planters

7 Materials
15 Minutes
Using baskets as planters is a great, unique way to bring charm and texture into your garden. You can recycle your favourite baskets that you no longer need in the house or find some great baskets to use at thrift stores and flea markets!
Choose the Right Basket: All natural material baskets will break down eventually, but a thick, sturdy basket will last longer. Look for things like old baskety trash cans, picnic baskets, Easter baskets, or any other style of basket with a bit of depth to it. I found this sturdy rectangular basket at the thrift store for $1.99 and I thought it would be perfect for this.

If you find your basket at a thrift store, there’s a good chance that you’ll want to update the style of it a little bit before you put it on display. I updated my basket using basically the  same technique I use to update most of my thrift store basket finds
For my basket liner, I just used a piece of black plastic garbage bag. I cut out a piece that would mostly cover the interior of my basket without coming up over the edges, then I cut a few small holes in the middle of the piece of plastic for drainage.
I always like to put a few wood chips or packing peanuts in the bottom of my planters to make them lighter and to help with drainage so I did that.

Then I filled it up about 2/3 full with my potting mix.
Finally it was time to add in my plants!

I love the texture that this basket adds to my deck for now and I’m really enjoying all of the unusual planters I’ve been creating this year like my galvanized bucket planter and my  vintage pyrex bowl planter.

To find out the mix of plants that I added to this planter, head on over to the full blog post by clicking the link below! :)

Suggested materials:

  • Basket
  • Paint
  • Protective Clear Coat Paint
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