How to Make a Plant Stand From an Old Basket

6 Materials
3 Hours

When I saw this old basket at a garage sale I wasn't quite sure what I was going to do with it. But I knew I needed it.

My hubby is not super fond of all the "treasures" I bring home from garage sales and thrift stores but he indulges me in my creative ventures so that makes me love him even more.

He sees and understands me better every time I make something creative with one of my treasures. This one sat in the garage a few weeks before I had a plan. Now to make my vision come to life.

Here's the ugly before, it was so crunchy it must have been left outside in the elements for a long time. The husband of the lady selling it was so happy to see it gone you have to check out my post for the funny exchange I had with him

Once I figured out what I was going to make the handles had to go. So out came the hack saw. If you've never used one before they come in handy for just such projects when you need to cut through metal.

My cutting wasn't perfect so out came the rasp to smooth out some edges. A rasp is like a gigantic nail file but for metal. This think works great. I tried to contain my metal shavings on the paper bag but in the end I had to get the broom and make sure there were no metal splinters. I love to be barefoot in summer so that would be no fun.

Another fun tool I like to use is a jigsaw. My project was going to need a top and a bottom so I cut two circles from a large piece of scrap I had. In the spirit of transparency, the next time I would just go buy the pine rounds at the hardware store. My circles were not perfect and needed some sanding. They look great but my time could have been spent elsewhere.

Just a little paint (I used Glossy Seaside Glossy Seaside), attach the wood circles to the basket and you have just made yourself an Outdoor Plant Stand. Porch or patio, or even in the house this cute little table painted in your favorite color will fit in to any decor. You should see how cute it looks on my Updated Porch.

I hope you love this project as much as I do. Be sure to visit my post linked below for the complete instructions on how I put it all together.

Suggested materials:
  • Old Basket   (Garage Sale)
  • Paint   (Hardware Store)
  • Hacksaw & Rasp   (We have one, get yours online or at the hardware store.)
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Toni @ Girl, Just DIY!
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  • SC SC on Jul 30, 2017
    Thanks for sharing the idea. Love it. I will keep checking the old  basket from now on.