Upcycled Succulent Planters Made From Junk Shop Finds
I’m always on the lookout for creative ideas for repurposed planters. The things I’ve turned into planters before have included tin cans, pallets and crockery.
Last week I scoured my local junk and charity shops to collect a range of things to repurpose into succulent planters. (Car boot sales would be a good source too!). I ended up with an eclectic mixture of candlesticks, glasses and bowls to make the DIY planters from.
To make upcycled tall planters, I stuck candlesticks to bowls. This was a case of gluing various combinations of metal, glass and porcelain together. For this task, I used Gorilla Contact Adhesive Clear.
The hardest decision I had to make with this upcycle, was deciding on what succulents to plant. A visit to my local garden centre didn’t help. The variety of gorgeous succulents was overwhelming I wanted them all!
To justify buying more succulents, I will just have to think of more creative ideas for plant containers.
This is a very quick and easy craft. Not including drying time the planters only take about 10 minutes to make. It’s also very affordable. The junk shop items only cost a couple of pounds in total. You probably even have items at home that you can turn into planters.
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What You Need To Make Repurposed Planters
- A mixture of candlesticks, bowls and glasses of various heights. Glass, porcelain and metal items are all fine for these DIY planters.
- Gorilla Contact Adhesive Clear
- Spray paints in a rainbow of colours
- A selection of succulents
- Compost and gravel for succulents.
How To Make Upcycled Tall Planters1. The first thing to do is to gather your collection of items and then play around arranging them into different combinations. Place bowls on to candlesticks. When you are happy with your designs then move onto the next stage of glueing the items together. *Gorilla Contact Adhesive is not recommended for Polyethylene or Polypropylene plastics.
2. Use Gorilla Contact Adhesive Clear to stick the items together. Apply the adhesive to each surface to be bonded. Wait a couple of minutes for the adhesive to partially dry, then press both the surfaces firmly together. Next, leave the items for at least 24 hours for the adhesive to cure.
*Cure time may increase with lower temperatures and when used on non-porous surfaces.
3. Once the Gorilla Contact Adhesive Clear has had time to cure you can move on to painting the repurposed planters. I made a total of five DIY planters and used five different coloured spray paints to create a rainbow. I used red, orange, yellow, blue and green paint.
Both the outside and inside of each planter was spray painted. Remember when spray painting it is best to do this outside.
4. Plant the succulents into the glasses once the paint has dried. There are no drainage holes with these repurposed planters, so I add a layer of gravel at the bottom of each planter. This will help with drainage. Just make sure you don’t over water the succulents.
Then add a succulent specific compost before potting the succulent. There are some good tips for planting succulents in containers here.
As I mentioned, in the beginning, the hardest thing about this craft was deciding on what succulents to plant. For a fun display, I chose a different type of succulent for each planter. In the upcycled tall planters I potted succulents that overhang the edge of the repurposed containers.
The rainbow of repurposed succulent planters has brightened up my mantle. Every time I visit my local charity shop now I’m on the lookout for more things I can turn into planters.
- Old bowls, glasses and candlesticks
- Gorilla Glue Contact Adhesive Clear
- Coloured spray paint
- Succulents, soil and pebbles
- Glue small bowls and cups to the top of candlesticks and glasses of various sizes
- Spray paint each planter a different colour from the rainbow
- Put a layer of pebbles in the bottom of each bowl.
- Add soil and succulents.
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If you are a fan of rainbows in home decor check out these fabulous rainbow thistle decorations. Or you might want to just check out some of my other repurposed planter ideas.
- Gold Crushed Can Planters
- Stunning Mosaic Wall Planter
- Velvet Upcycled Planters
- Recycled Jean Planter
- Beautiful Moroccan Planters
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