From Cook Pot to Flower Pot

Nadine Hartman Bourne
by Nadine Hartman Bourne
4 Materials
2 Hours

I hate to waste perfectly good junk. When an object is no longer useful in its original purpose I like to find a way to use it as something else. I have a few things cluttering up my space waiting for inspiration to strike. Todays project is an old sauce pot that the handle came loose on. Also I cracked a flower pot so I fixed it so it was still usable as a flower pot.

This was my sauce pot 2 quart I think. The rivets holding on the handle broke loose rendering it unsafe for cooking. I handed it off to my hunny to use the grinder to cut the rivets off. That was a good month or so ago. What do they say? "You don't have to nag me I heard you six months ago" LOL

So while I was waiting on the rivet removal I accidentally kicked over a flower pot it had an almost empty bag of cactus dirt and while I was cleaning up I booted it out of my way not realizing it was a pot until I heard the sickening crack of it breaking. Since it was just a crack I decided it would be an easy fix. So here are the things I used for my makeovers. Some gardening twine that was gifted to me one mans junk is my treasure. Some clothesline left over from a crochet project, hot glue and finger protectors. Those are a must for something like this.

First I used the hot glue to seal the cracks in the flower pot and to fill in the holes on the sauce pot. I have 2 silicone mats I used one on the outside of the hole fill in for a smooth finish and one on the inside to press the glue flat.

I used the silicone mat and globed on some glue in the center. I then started coiling on the clothes line. Glue and coil repeat until the circle is as big as the bottom of the pot.

I then added glue to the bottom of the pot and glued on my clothesline circle. Of course this could have been done directly on the pot without the silicone mat. I however am not good with centering. Continue gluing the clothesline up the side of the pot.

Once you reach the top try to cut the line at an angle to blend it in. Or just make this the back no one will see it anyway right.

I added more glue after the cut to stop it from fraying.

With the cracked pot I wanted to use my green twine. I wasn't sure if I had enough to completely cover or if I would need the brown as well so I started just under the top rim and worked my way down.. once at the bottom I cut and glued the end then made a circle with what was left of the twine. There was enough to completely cover the bottom.

And here they are ready to fill with dirt and plants.

Now since this pot doesn't have drainage like a normal flower pot. There are a couple of options. If you recycle then you may have an abundance of plastic bottle caps. My local recyclers doesn't take those and if they are on your bottles they dock you how much they give you per pound of plastic. So those would make good filler. You could cut up old pool noodles, or layer in some sticks from pruning your trees, or get some rocks from out in the yard. If you choose to just fill with dirt and no filler just don't over water. Or you could use ice cubes to water the pot. if you look in the background you can see the green twine pot bottom.

Suggested materials:
  • Clothesline   (walmart)
  • Twine   (walmart)
  • Hot glue   (walmart)
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