Garbage Can Planters

Hello and Happy Labor Day weekend peeps. Today I have a pretty TRASHY
post for you all!!! Last month while out shopping with a friend at LITTLE HILL FARM ,
I found these 2 trash cans. I have been on the look-out for some just like this for a while now,
so I was thrilled......yes thrilled over trash cans!!!!!
My plan was to make them into planters for our back deck.
I poked a hole into the bottom to allow for drainage.
Before I added the potting soil, I filled them up with empty

plastic bottles, so I wouldn't have to make the planters

heavier then necessary.
This is kind of a weird little shaped area of the upper deck,

not large enough for much else.
Our recycle bin with the plastic bottles was not very full,

so in order to get to the empty bottles on the bottom of the dumpster,

I had to step on a stool and hang over the rim of the trash bin to

fish for the empty bottles. And I wondered

"does this count as dumpster diving" ?

If so, I officially sank that low in my blogging adventures!!!! LOL

I am pretty happy with the way they turned out. If I had purchased

planters that big at a store I would have paid lots of MULAHHH

and this has so much more personality!!!

Very TRASHY indeed!!!
Christine @ Little Brags
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  • Cathy Robinson Cathy Robinson on Sep 26, 2016
    What chance do these planters have of rusting and staining the deck? Or is there some kind of coating we can put on the bottoms to prevent them from rusting? I do love these and plan on doing them myself!

  • MaryAnn Amato MaryAnn Amato on Oct 04, 2016
    About how far up do you fill the trash cans up with plastic bottles before adding soil? Half way maybe? What keeps the soil from settling through the bottles and plugging the drain holes? Do you cover the bottles maybe with newspaper?

  • Kam28564965 Kam28564965 on Sep 16, 2017
    How many gallons is the smaller trash can?

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  • Susan Susan on Apr 03, 2019

    Just a side note. In Oregon we turn in our bottles for the deposit so this would sacrifice some change for the grandkids. Alternative, reuse Styrofoam or packing peanuts. They are also lightweight and bad for the environment if put in a landfill. Ask local furniture, appliance, or other businesses for their leftovers. It you break the Styrofoam place it over the can so the loose bits don't get on the ground.

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    • Tina Tina on May 10, 2020

      Plastic milk jugs, oj containers, plant holders from your annuals, many options to fill those large cans.

  • Margot Margot on Aug 08, 2022

    I would paint them - so they wouldn’t look like trash cans