Tuesday, October 20, 2009

DIY: Clothes Hamper Planters

As you all know, I have been searching high and low for some reasonable, tall, and not super spendy outdoor planters. My search has been filled with planters starting at nearly $100 and reaching prices of about $700! Needless to say, those weren't coming home with us any time soon. Especially since David thinks I kill off all my plants {so not true, by the way!}.

However, on a random trip to Big Lots I got the biggest "ah-ha" moment I've had in a long time. You know, those moments Oprah claims to get all the time on her show!

We are roaming through the aisles aimlessly when I spotted it. "It" was a tall, woven clothes hamper. I immediately said, "Dave, do you see what I see?" As you can guess he wasn't nearly as enthralled as I was. I squealed, "I can make planters out of those!!!!" He replied with a, "How many do you want?" and "Can we get lunch now?" Gotta love my husband!

The best thing was that their combined price was $40! That's less than half of the price of ONE planter I had considered purchasing {and that was the cheap one!}.

After a tasty lunch at Arby's {their sweet tea is my new obsession} we stocked up on some black spray paint and came home and I sprayed all of the shutters and my new planters!

And, just an FYI, these hampers aren't merely just fabric. All along the inside the are reinforced with a metal structure. It's almost like they wanted to be planters, I tell you.

Our next step was to buy some pretty mums out at the pumpkin patch to seal the deal. Only problem was how were we going to get them to sit pretty and tall in the planters?

Well, good ol' Home Depot came to the rescue with their $2 buckets which just so happen to be the best planter-lifter-upper out there and the mums are sitting happily on their bright orange concealed perch.


The other DIY concrete planters below the new DIY woven planters are about to be moved, but those suckers are heavy and this girl needs some assistance in that endeavor. Oh, and any handle you see on the planter is now gone, I cut those off easy-peasy with some scissors. Less laundry basket-like and more planter friendly!



Thanks for reading! I am a happy little camper and can't wait to show you all the rest of our house as it moves right along with its mini-makeover.

Up next: Overstock rug, new house numbers, snazzy front door handle, fresh coat of paint on the front door, and garage lights!

xoxo

29 comments:

Dobbygirl said...

They look great!!! Fab job!

~Linds~ said...

Ah! I was right! They look great!!!! Way to go!

Mel said...

Very creative.

I think your old diy planters look great with the new ones. Picture them in the summer with some colour in them. I like how the two together create an entrance to your front door.

modage said...

Brilliant!!

Melanie said...

Girl, you got it going on:) Great job!

Aura said...

Wow, good thinking. I am always on the hunt for big planters, I'll have to remember this trick.

Brittany@Superwoman said...

how gorgeous!

Lovely Little Nest said...

The flowers look great in your new planters! Very creative idea :)

Heather J said...

how awesome! they look great. i love aha moments like that.

mrs.leah.maria said...

You are borderline ridiculous. :P

Lynett said...

Absolutely fabulous and I am sooooo copying you on this idea! Wait, do I even have a big lots around here? LOLa

Freckles Chick said...

OMG! I need to borrow your "eye" for seeing the potential in stuff!! I love how the weave adds visual interest, too.

Have I told you how much I wish we have a brick home? Beautiful.

::impatiently waiting for more reveals::

Nikki said...

What a great solution! They look great.

Michelle said...

by golly they look amazing!
the texture and the color just add to the appeal. your one smart gal.

ps i love those moments of ah-ha!

micah @ the yellow front door said...

Great idea! Never would have thought those were clothes hampers. Perfecto!

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

So awesome! I love it so much. I wouldn't have seen it but I'm so glad you did.

I don't have much of an eye, but I am a pretty good copier. =)

Good idea to prop it up on a bucket. I have a similar set-up in one of our planters.

J said...

your idea turned out real cute and the flowers look good in them. you have a eye for idea's for sure.

layersofmeaning said...

those look great! how did you treat them for the outdoors?

dolores @ "Welcome to My Humble Ablog" said...

Oh they look perfect!!!

Suzie said...

LOL @ the Oprah's a-ha moment! HaHa!

Oh, joi, it looks amazing! Cant wait to see the rest, you busy bee!

HomageBlog said...

I never would have thought of that! It looks amazing!! ~K

SweDaisy said...

Smart girl, they look great. I love the use of the bucket upside down to give you the heigh you need. There's using your head.

Take care,
Lisa

Oonafey said...

Everything you do always looks phenomenal. Jealous, again!

Joi said...

Thanks everyone! I love reading your comments! : )

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Tamstyles said...

idont know how i missed this. looks wonderful joi.

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Amnah said...

Oooh so pretty!! I love how that looks. I would totally do this if I could just keep plants alive.

I've seen those concrete planters in BH&G before. Very nice.

gina said...

looks amazing! love the new shutters as well!

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