Garden Decor – Recycling a chair into a planter

Old chair made into a flower planter as yard and garden decoration.

Last summer we had a chair that the bottom strapping had worn out and broken through. In our town you just can’t put a chair out next to your trash can and have it picked up. You have to take it to the transfer station and throw it into a inter-modal container which is then taken by truck to the railroad yard and put on the daily unit garbage train and taken to the landfill. The minimum fee for the transfer station is $20.00. Throwing this chair out was not worth $20.00 that was for sure.

Need is the mother of invention and we needed to find something to do with this old patio chair. Bob had the idea of turning it into a planter. We found a pot that would fit inside the chair frame. Bob had a some small cut off pieces of  2″x4″ treated lumber from building the fence. These where put on the ground and the pot set on top of them. Linda filled the pot with some gravel in the bottom for drainage and a mixture of potting soil and 1/3 compost, then planted the pot with some flowers I now had a new garden accent for the cost of a new pot! The cost of the pot was a lot less than the $20.00 fee at the transfer station.

This year the second chair of the set also wore out. We replaced our fence made of bamboo mats in the meditation garden with a cedar fence. When the fence was done we had several cedar fence boards left over. Bob took one of these boards and cut pieces 4 inches longer that the width of the chair seat and placed them on the steel frame. The reason the boards where cut longer was so they would have 2” over hang on each side. This is to make sure they do not move a little bit and fall inside of the chair. Sure do not want my plants falling down into that hole!


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