Sunday, September 6, 2015

Trash Can Planters

Hello and Happy Labor Day weekend peeps. Today I have a pretty TRASHY 
post for you all!!! Last month while out shopping with a friend at LITTLE HILL FARM
I found these 2 trash cans. I have been on the look-out for some just like this for a while now, 
so I was thrilled......yes thrilled over trash cans!!!!! 
My plan was to make them into planters for our back deck.

I poked a hole into the bottom to allow for drainage. 

 Before I added the potting soil, I filled them up with empty 
plastic bottles, so I wouldn't have to make the planters 
heavier then necessary.

 This is kind of a weird little shaped area of the upper deck, 
not large enough for much else.

Our recycle bin with the plastic bottles was not very full, 
so in order to get to the empty bottles on the bottom of the dumpster, 
I had to step on a stool and hang over the rim of the trash bin to 
fish for the empty bottles. And  I wondered 
"does this count as dumpster diving" ? 
If so, I officially sank that low in my blogging adventures!!!! LOL

I am pretty happy with the way they turned out. If I had purchased 
planters that big at a store I would have paid lots of MULAHHH 
and this has so much more personality!!! 
Very TRASHY indeed!!!

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  1. I absolutely, completely and whole heartedly love this! It looks great and hanging the lid is the cherry on top. Jane

  2. Nice repurpose! Great idea Christine!

  3. Your trashy puns had me giggling =D Great upcycle idea, your planters look great!

    1. Thanks for taking the time to drop by and let me know about no-reply - I hope I fixed it.

  4. Super cute! I love it. Will you come and share at Five Star Frugal Christine? What could be more frugal than recycled trash! Love, Mimi xxx

  5. Get OUT! I would have never thought of that! Love it. Great blog and style. New follower!

  6. Christine this is so awesome. Love that you could find these kind of trash cans. They are hard to find. I love that you re loved them into pretty planters. Genius I say. Great job. Happy Labor Day.

  7. So inventive...I love it! Great tip for using water bottles instead of something heavier ;-)

  8. I think that's an amazing idea! Gives you the industrial look + extra large planters for not too much money. Love it!!

  9. Great Idea, super cute! I'm thinking about doing some garden beds using water troughs, so these would fit right in next to those!

  10. I would love to do this too! I have some empty space on my deck for those. Love the rustic industrial look.

  11. Well I just love this idea! They look amazing. I like the ribbed design on the cans and the plants you used to fill them. Good idea with the plastic water bottles too. yes, i would call that true dumpster diving!

  12. How super cute are these!! Love it~ Thank you so much for linking up to Merry Monday this week! I am sharing your post today on my FB page! We hope to see you next week for another great party! Have a great week!

  13. What a cute idea! I even have an old trash can I haven't known what to do with - now I do! :)

    Thank for sharing at the Vintage Inspiration Party at Knick of Time!

  14. Hi Christine,
    Wow I love the way your trash cans look as planters!
    Thanks so much for sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J & J. We hope to see you again!
    Enjoy the week.

  15. I love planting in old trash cans, I have a couple in my garden and they are wonderful. It's nice to bring things up off the ground.

    Carole @ Garden Up Green

  16. Oh, I've to keep my eyes open. They are fantastic, good looking and very charming. You do have two right hands for decorations!
    All my best

  17. What a neat and vintage looking idea to upcycle trash cans. They could also be painted to match decor if needed. I love this upcycle!

    Thank you for sharing at The Creative Corner. I can't wait to see what you share next week too.

  18. These are super adorable!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J! Please don't forget to enter the $25 Starbucks Giftcard Giveaway that ends tomorrow night!

  19. Oh that is too funny, dumpster diving! But it definitely turned out beautifully... and clever to fill up space with the plastic bottles, I always forget to do that and then get frustrated by how much dirt I need *rolls eyes*

    Found you via Friday Finds! Definitely pinning this. :D

  20. Such a brilliant idea! It's perfect to fill that little space and I love how it looks! Thanks for linking up with us at The Creative Circle!

  21. Hi Christine,
    I am just letting you know that I'm featuring these pretty planters at Monday's Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up.

    I hope you will return again next week.

  22. Sooo cute, Christine! Did you sit a planter filled with the plants on top of the plastic bottles?

  23. Very cute idea for planters! Love that will consider for my garden!Thanks for sharing this on Dream Create and inspire.

  24. What a great way to use trash cans Christine. They really fill in that corner area of your deck and look nice too:). Take care, Tara

  25. I'm so glad you shared this at Five Star Frugal Christine. So clever! Love, Mimi xxx

  26. Love this idea Christine! We all need to be a little trashy now and then. lol! I planted two large silver industrial pots for out under my pergola and I have loved them. I filled them half way with crushed soda cans. Like you said, makes them lighter and you don't have to use as much potting soil. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  27. GREAT idea!!! I remember having these metal trash cans back in the day. :) Thank you so much for linking up at Snickerdoodle Sunday- hope to see you again this weekend.

    Sarah (Sadie Seasongoods)

  28. I love that look! I knew this was you as soon as I saw this picture and before I clicked through to your blog! Great job!

  29. Hi Christine! The Weekly Feature Series is live! You are one of the 25 Amazing Features from the Week. Here's the link to check it out. Have a lovely Sunday! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  30. Wow, I would say this is definitely "thinking outside the box (or garbage can)!" Very clever, and using the recyclables to fill the space in the bottom of the can.....well, GENIUS!

  31. Now that is a creative idea! Your outdoor room is very charming.

  32. I like how you recycled the cans and the bottles. I will try to remember to use this when preparing planters of any kind.

    Great idea!

  33. Very creative, and I love the rustic look of the galvanized metal. Thanks for sharing your creativity at the Pretty Preppy Party!

  34. Putting this one in the "why didn't I ever think to do that" column! Thanks for sharing at the Pretty preppy Party - I'm featuring this project today. xx, b

  35. This is great, Christine! Congratulations for being featured on #Your Inspired DesignYou totally deserved it! Please come back every Thursday to link up at 8 am EST @


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