Anyway, enough cooing....I wanted to really showcase the front of the house and add some color and texture with flowers in large outdoor planters. But, my vision was quickly dashed when I discovered just how expensive outdoor planter pots are!? Our local Home Depot wanted $80 each for a simple tall rectangular outdoor pot.....and knowing that I needed 3 of these pots, along with the cost of actually filling them with flowers, I knew it was going to be too much to spend! So I thought, what could I use instead???
And that's what led to these!!!
Materials For One Planter Pot
(I found everything I needed at Home Depot):
- One Large Plastic Garbage Can to Fit Your Space
- One Small Plastic Garbage Can
(you will use this inside of your large can as a space filler, while you are at the store, make sure that you can flip your smaller can upside down and push it comfortably inside the larger garbage can -- pics below)
- 1-2 Bricks For Weight
- 1 Can of Spray Paint (suitable for plastics)
- 1 Bag of Potting Soil as Needed
-A drill with a 1 inch drill bit
**Use your drill to make four holes (one at each corner)
on the bottom of the large garbage cans -- this is ESSENTIAL for drainage....I learned the hard way**
Wipe down the exterior of your large garbage can with a dry cloth to make sure you remove any dust and debris. Following the directions on your paint, go ahead and spray paint the entire outside surface of your large garbage can until completely covered and to your liking -- this may take 2-3 coats. Be careful to spray the top rim of the can -- you want to make sure that is covered in paint as well! LET PAINT DRY COMPLETELY!!
Once paint has dried, stack your brick(s) at the bottom/center of the large garbage can. Next flip the smaller garbage can upside down and place over the brick(s) at the bottom of the large garbage can. Make sure the smaller can is pushed all the way down. The smaller can acts as a shelf and space filler for the larger can.....
Fill the large garbage can with potting soil to the appropriate height for planting. That's it! You're done!
I say Step 3 is optional only because you can also skip this step all together -- rather than filling with soil, you can simply buy a potted plant (or in my case a hanging basket) and rest the entire plant on top of the smaller trash can....no one will ever know!!! I ended up having to do a hybrid of both....I had to fill my large can with soil a few inches above the smaller can so that my hanging basket plant would rest at the correct height. That is something you may have to play around with a bit...
With my 3 DIY planters, I saved $195! Now, that's something to write home about! :)
Here's another quick tip: I know that filling these planters with flowers is no cheap matter. But, if you visit your local nursery, they will often have a section or table (usually in the back) with discounted plants/flowers. Most of the time, they are pretty sad looking, but if you can find something that looks just a little 'tired' often, all it takes is a little extra care and some Miracle Grow fertilizer and they will pop back to life in no time! I found 3 GIGANTIC hanging baskets on the 50% off table at my local nursery. They were droopy and sad, but I asked an employee what had gone wrong with them, and they suggested that they had become water logged during our last bout of storms....so I thought, hmmm well for $25 I'm willing to take a chance....took them home, let them 'dry out' for a couple of days and then fed with Miracle Grow....and look!! They came back! Saved myself another $75 in plants :)
There is money to be saved everywhere....you just have to get a little creative!
I'd love to hear how your planters turn out!