Friday, June 24, 2011

Add some spice with DIY planters

I have what I'd like to call a "brown thumb." Last year, I bought some lovely flowers and hung them out on the porch. I watered them. I added fertilizer to them. I moved them around to save them from the hot Texas sun. Still, they died within one month. I didn't even bother buying flowers this year!

But, I needed to spice our patio up a bit. Our yard/patio area is horrendous. I might gather enough courage to show you guys sometime, but for now, I'll spare you!

So, I decided to plant spices instead of flowers this year (with the hope that they'll live through a Texas summer!). I snatched up some basil, cilantro, and rosemary and then went on the hunt for some planters.

I didn't find any. Okay. I'm cheap and I didn't want to pay for the cute ones! I found some old tins at the thrift store for $.25 each. I figured I could spare seventy-five cents. I also knew that I had the rest of the supplies I would need to make a planter at home.

Here's what they looked like:


I used some extra spray paint that I had laying around and gave them three thin coats. After letting everything dry well, I used mod podge to glue and seal a little number that I cut out of scrap paper onto each planter. After that dried, I sprayed each one with another coat of sealer. Since they were going to be outside, I want them to be extra durable! 

Before planting, I made sure that each container had some holes for drainage. I used a drill to make all the holes. You could also use a hammer and nails!


Last, but not least, I planted my spices!

Here's the finished result! Excuse my lack of different angles (my camera died on me!):




Super easy! Plus, they add just the right "spice" to our patio!

I'm linking up @Tatertots and Jello

9 comments:

  1. I LOVE this idea!!! So clever and way cuter then the store bought kind!

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  2. those turned out soooo cute! way to think outside the tin! :) ok, sorry, cheesy joke. i hjave a fever for what it is worth and can't think straight.

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  3. Such a cute idea! I have brown thumb tendencies as well. I think it's the hot Florida weather! But I might give spices a try since I use them so much! I love how you decorated yours!

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  4. Super clever!! LOVE this idea!

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  5. Love these. Do you think this would work with plastic coffee canisters. I've been saving mine and trying to come up with something to do with them.

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  6. Love this! You are so full of cute ideas!! Love Rosemary!! We have 2 huge bushes in front of our house and it grows like crazy!! Our cilantro isn't looking so hot though, must be my brown thumb taking over again!

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  7. these are awesome! love the numbers...come check out my version :)

    http://sevensistersinchrist.blogspot.com/2011/06/diy-hanging-planters.html

    ♥Jaime...sevensisters

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