After finding two chairs at the curb, I decided it was time to whip up some chair planters and keep them out of the landfill! Chair planters are one of the easiest garden accents you can make: just a chair, some paint, a jigsaw and a potted plant are all you need. Follow these easy instructions to make one for your garden!
First, I traced a circle on each chair seat with a Sharpie pen, using an empty planter as the template.
Draw a circle on the chair, then cut it out.
To speed up the cutting process, I drilled a few holes close together on the tracing. Inserting the jigsaw into these holes, I got the cut started and then followed around the circle.
Drill a few holes close together in the chair.
Insert your jigsaw where the holes were drilled.
Paint the chair using a brush or spray paint.
Painting time! Use exterior latex or spray paint to make the chairs the color of your choice. One chair got our house accent shade of blue brushed on and the other got sprayed purple for fun!
Finished! The Blue Chair Planter
A pot with a pretty mix of geranium, pink verbena and lobelia was popped into the hole of the blue chair.
Then I remembered the two little metal garden fairies I had received as a gift last year! At first, I wasn’t sure where to hang them and had tucked them away. But I could see they were perfect for this project.
Blue Chair Fairy
Doesn’t this fairy look sweet hanging on the back of the blue chair planter?
Purple Chair Planter nestled in the flowerbed
Each fairy had just the colors I needed to accent each chair ~ serendipity! White verbena, lobelia and tickseed coreopsis also complemented the purple chair.
Purple Chair Planter
So, don’t throw those broken chairs out! Repurpose them for your garden or as a gift! Nestle the chair planters into a flowerbed or put them on your deck or porch for a pop of color. There are many possibilities using perennials, houseplants or creating a fairy garden at kid height. Have fun and happy gardening!
Purple Chair Fairy
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