Spring DIY Upcycled Chair Planter. Take a broken chair and give it new life by planting beautiful flowers in it to enjoy in your yard!
Spring DIY Upcycled Chair Planter
Don’t you love Spring? I always get so excited to plant flowers and get my yard ready for outdoor entertaining! When my kids were little I remember taking an old chair, spray painting it yellow and planting flowers in it. So over the weekend when my husband and I were out on our early morning Saturday, walk and I came across an old chair abandoned on a street corner, I knew what I wanted to do!
DIY Spring Ideas
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Upcycle an Old Chair Into a Planter
An old chair can become the perfect upcycled planter. There are a few ways to turn an old chair into a planter. I am going to share two ways to turn an old chair into a delightful flower planter.
Chair Planter with No Pot
This is the way I made a chair into a planter about 20 years ago. You don’t need a pot to use this method. This is a great upcycle if you have a chair with a seat that is broken or missing.
No Pot Chair Planter Supplies:
- old chair with no seat
- chicken wire or screen door material
- coco liner material
- garden dirt
- Staple Gun
How to Make a Chair Planter with No Pot
- Cut a large length of window screen or chicken wire and staple it onto the top edges of the chair cavity, leave enough in the middle so it creates a cavity in the middle of the open chair seat.
- Line the chicken wire or window screen material with coir/coco liner.
- Fill cavity 3/4 way full with garden soil.
- Plant flowers in the cavity.
- Fill in holes between flowers with garden soil.
- Enjoy your planter!
Make a Chair Planter with a Pot
I find this to be an easier way but it might not be as charming? What do you think? The chair that I found on the side of the road was originally a “commode chair” so it already had a hole cut out fo a container. I also love that it has a large apron that conceals the bowl. It’s perfect for a planter! But you don’t need this type of chair to make this planter. Any chair with a removable seat will work!
Potted Chair Planter Supplies:
- Old chair
- Hammer and nails
- Shims or a couple pieces of scrap wood
- Primer and spray paint (optional)
- Garden Soil
How to Make a Potted Chair Planter
Here is how you can transform an old chair into a cute planter in minutes!
- Take the seat off your chair. Or, if your seat is hard to remove, but a hole in the middle of the seat. Measure your pot and cut the hole to be smaller than the widest point of the pot.
- Paint your chair (optional). I painted my chair to give it more strength against the elements but you can also leave the bare wood of your chair or give it a coat of polyurethane to protect it. I used a ultra-bonding primer first and then put a chalk spray paint over the top.
- If you didn’t cut a hole in the seat, you will want to add some pieces of wood around the base of the chair to hold your pot edges. I used a couple pieces of the wood from the seat and nailed them on both sides of the seat so that the pot could rest on them.
- Add garden soil to your pot and plant your flowers.
- Put the pot in the cavity of your chair.
- Enjoy your adorable chair planter!
More Potted Chair Inspiration
Here are a few other chair planters to give you inspiration! I hope you score your neighborhood or your Facebook marketplace for free chair to give new life to in your yard!
How fun is this succulent chair? It would be so cute inside too!
Potted Chair with Herbs (source unknown)
Wouldn’t this be perfect to place right outside of your kitchen? I love the idea of planting herbs! It’s a perfect idea if you have a smaller yard or apartment.
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