• DIY Project ~ My Bicycle Planter

    Posted on July 13, 2013 by in Amazing flower pairings, DIY home and garden craft projects, Recycled and repurposed items as garden art, Things that inspire me in the garden

     

    Make a bike planter! http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/diy-project-my-bicycle-planter/

    Make a bike planter!

    For about a year, I have been admiring those bicycle planters on Pinterest and Hometalk and wanting to make one for our garden. Finding the bike was the hardest part! Then my friend, Renee’, bought a fancy new bike and gave her still usable one to another friend, Suzie. Long story made short: I now had Suzie’s old junker, which was perfect for my project!

    This old Huffy did not have any baskets, but I had a wire half basket and a woven basket in my shed. A little white spray paint later, they matched and were ready to go!

     

     

    Here are the materials you will need:

    * An old bike (mine has tires flatter than pancakes, but who cares for this?)

    * two baskets (you might need wire to attach them to the bike)

    * sphagnum moss or decorative spanish moss

    * an assortment of potted plants (I used three each for the front and back baskets ~ 4 annual vincas & 2 sweet potato vines)

    * plastic grocery bags to line the baskets

    * ribbon for streamers

    * a piece of metal fence post or rebar to support the bike

     

    The plants were the only thing I didn’t have on hand, so at three for five dollars, this project was done for just ten dollars! Follow the easy pictured steps to create a bicycle planter of your own! This one is drawing lots of compliments parked in our front garden, and I can switch out  the plants to keep this planter colorful and seasonal!

    *Note – put the metal rod or fence piece support in first. I didn’t and it was more difficult to hold the planted bike while hammering it in at the end.

    Assemble the materials ~ two baskets, plants, sphagnum moss and an old bike. http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/diy-project-my-bicycle-planter/

    Assemble the materials ~ two baskets lined with plastic bags, plants, dried moss and an old bike supported by a metal rod or fence post.

    You can put the basket handle over the seat and let it rest on the wheel.  http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/diy-project-my-bicycle-planter/

    Step # 1 ~ Fit the baskets onto the bike ~ You can put the basket handle over the seat and let it rest on the back wheel.

    Attach the front basket to the handle bars. http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/diy-project-my-bicycle-planter/

    Attach the front basket to the handle bars.

     

    Line the baskets with plastic grocery bags to hold moisture in for the plantings. Tuck in the plants of your choice. http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/diy-project-my-bicycle-planter/

    Step # 2 ~ Line the baskets with plastic grocery bags to hold moisture in for the plantings. Tuck in the plants of your choice.

     

    Tuck sphagnum moss around the plants for a finished look. http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/diy-project-my-bicycle-planter/

    Step # 3 ~ Tuck dried moss around the plants for a finished look.

     

     

    Planting is complete, now we need some streamers! http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/diy-project-my-bicycle-planter/

    Step # 4 ~ Planting is complete, now we need some streamers!

    My completed bicycle planter complete with ribbon streamers!http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/diy-project-my-bicycle-planter/

    My completed bicycle planter complete with ribbon streamers!

16 Responses so far.

  1. Karen Renfroe says:

    Love your blog.

    • Barb says:

      Thanks very much for coming by for a visit and taking the time to write, Karen! So pleased to hear that you like my gardens and projects!
      Happy Gardening!
      Barb

  2. Tania says:

    Love the bicycle planter! You could use almost any old bike and spray paint it a fun color, what a great idea!

    Tania

    • Barb says:

      Hi, Tania! I almost spray painted this bike because it is so full of rust but decided it was part of the charm! Maybe next year I’ll get the spray can out : )
      Happy Gardening!
      Barb

  3. Lyn Edington says:

    Great job Bard! I love it! Makes me want to do one.
    Other than the kick stand, how do you have it anchored to the ground to keep it from falling over?
    I put puppy training pads in the bottom of all of my wire and coconut fiber baskets this year. Baby diapers would work as well. We are in the middle of yet another summer drought. No rain to speak of for over a month now and the puppy pads have really helped retain moisture.

    • Barb says:

      Lyn ~
      I am afraid we have had your rain and ours too! The drought tolerant plants I put in last year are drowning! So sorry to hear you are in drought conditions, it takes a lot of the fun out of gardening. Love the puppy training pad idea though and will keep it in mind if we ever dry out again!
      Happy Gardening!
      Barb

  4. Lyn Edington says:

    Now I see the fence post!

  5. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    I have been searching for a bike to do this Barb..You are right..finding a bike is the hardest part..Yours looks gorgeous!

    • Barb says:

      Thanks, Nancy! I didn’t want to make a planter out of a bike that was still usable, so finding one took a while. Then along came a rusty bike with a bent frame and I was in business! Keep looking, this is a lot of fun to do and perfect in a cottage garden.
      Happy Gardening!
      Barb

  6. Our local police department autions off lost bikes every now and again. Many of them are not in great condition. Your local police department might also sell off lost bikes – wouldn’t hurt to ask.

    • Barb says:

      Wow! What a great suggestion, Sara! I never thought of that as a source. Maybe we will all be checking in with the local police “Lost & Found” now!
      Happy Gardening!
      Barb

  7. Diana Hodson says:

    having noticced this unusual decor/use for old bike, i took mine (hadnt been used in ages) up to my allotment, with all good intentions to decorate—however nothing really happenned, was asked to remove my “waste”, was then going to sell it, £5 even, but no body interested, ended up “fly tipping ” it in a street (tut !) would’ve cost too much time/money to repair,

    • Barb says:

      Too bad, Diana! Sometimes I have projects that sit awhile waiting to get done too. But I have a garden shed to stash stuff in so the neighbors don’t kick up a fuss!
      Happy Gardening!
      Barb

  8. So creative and resourceful! It would be very beautiful attraction in your garden. I really enjoying skimming through your blog.

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