New Look for an Old Basket

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Need a quick front porch project…
Got any old baskets lying around the house?
A New Use for an Old Basket
During my Spring Cleaning…this basket was headed for the trash when I decided to repurpose it.

I love the look of flowers in baskets. I had nothing to lose.

I can always throw it away later if it doesn’t wear well this summer. (look at how rough it is)
I gave the handle of the basket a quick fix with some craft glue held together with a binder clip.
I used a thin grocery store bag to line the basket and keep the dirt in place.

You might want to poke a few small holes in the bag for drainage.
Once you’ve filled the basket with dirt, tuck the remaining bag neatly around the sides of the basket.
My basket will be on a shaded front porch.

I chose flowers that will grow well in shade.

I started with a couple larger pink geraniums and filled with smaller pink impatiens and purple violas.

TIP: Remember not to pack the basket so full that the flowers don’t have room to grow.
Now that Garage Sale season is upon us. You may want to keep a look out for a cheap basket or two.

That is… if you don’t have any old baskets lying around waiting to be rescued.
Suggested materials:
  • Old basket
  • Potting soil
  • Flowers
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  • Becky Becky on May 18, 2016
    How long do you feel the basket would hold up to rain and sun? I live in the Midwest

  • Jacqui Jacqui on Apr 15, 2018

    My old basket that I want to use to plant in is mildewing. How do I clean (if that's even an option)? Or do I toss?

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  • Tina Tina on Feb 16, 2021

    I have collected baskets for years & recently decided I wanted a new look. I didn't just want to toss them out. I'm so glad I came upon your idea! Definitely a beautiful addition to my garden.

  • Sonja Sonja on Feb 19, 2021

    I have 6 baskets, my husband is desperate to throw them all out !

    I will try your great idea with the less attractive ones, pretty them up with bedding plants.

    My husband will still complain because some will be left on his workshop shelf x