5 Ways to Garden with Found Objects

Hi, everyone! I’m Susi and I write as a guest blogger for DesignShuffle.com, a fabulous social media site that promotes interior designers and their work from around the world. My writing focuses on things I’m passionate about: interior design ideas, home furnishings, gardening, travel and art. I get to look at gorgeous things all day and write about them. I’m a very lucky girl!

I am excited to visit Infarrantly Creative this week to do a Five Ways Saturdays post on found objects. I love Beckie’s Roadkill Rescues and was inspired to find five ways to use found objects that you might not have thought of yet. I decided to focus on found objects used in the garden and outdoors.

1. Life On the Balcony has a great DIY project that turns an old grill into an herb planter. Those charcoal grills are wonderful but do have a short life. This is a fantastic project that gives them a new life as a small planter that has a modern feeling.

2. I love buying books at church sales, yard sales, thrift stores, but eventually I just can’t justify any more books in the house. Until now. Always on the lookout for decorating ideas, I found one that lets me use a book. Curbly has a wonderful project that makes a planter from books! Just make sure you aren’t using a first edition or collectible book.

3. Flatware and mismatched silverplate is abundant at any thrift store, tag sale or flea market. It can be bought for pennies or found in your own kitchen drawer. Life in Sugar Hollow has several clever ideas for turning the oddball spoon or fork into garden markers.

4. Love this chandelier turned hanging planter from Re-Nest. Outdated or broken chandeliers can be found at the curb or bought for a few dollars. Rather than spend the money to rewire them (it can get expensive) to use in interior designs, it’s fun to repurpose the chandeliers. Look for one that can hold glass globes for the planters.

5. And finally, the best use of found objects…especially random abandoned drawers… containers for a container garden from Urban Garden Casual. Some of these might be a little whacky, like the guitar, but we love the idea that anything can be used as a planter. Just use your imagination!

Hope you enjoy and thanks for letting me visit Infarrantly Creative!





  • http://imbusyprocrastinating.com Hollie @ I’m Busy Procrastinating

    What creative ideas! My favorite is the book “planter.”

  • http://tanyaanurag.blogspot.com/ Tanya Anurag

    Great ideas :)

  • http://www.remadesimple.com Kristina

    Wow! I am a big upcycling fan and especially love the book planter and old guitar planter ideas. And the spoon markers are cool, too! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • http://dontletlifepassyouby.blogspot.com elissa

    holy awesome ideas batman!! so much inspiration here! thanks for sharing!

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