DIY ~ Chair Planter

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.

DIY ~ Chair Planter

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.

DIY ~ Chair Planter

Drill a few holes close together in the chair.

DIY ~ Chair Planter

Insert your jigsaw where the holes were drilled.



DIY ~ Chair Planter

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!


DIY ~ Chair Planter

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.

DIY ~ Chair Planter

Blue Chair Fairy

Doesn’t this fairy look sweet hanging on the back of the blue chair planter?

DIY ~ 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.

DIY ~ Chair Planter

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!

DIY ~ Chair Planter

Purple Chair Fairy



6 Responses so far.

  1. Helen Malandrakis says:

    Love these. I had two such chairs at my previous residence. I love the fairy, too!

    • Barb says:

      Thanks, Helen! Yes, planter chairs aren’t an original idea ~ just my version, but I love them! The fairies were waiting for these chairs, don’t you think? :)

  2. chris aka monkey says:

    so cute barb i so love your garden xx

    • Barb says:

      Thanks so much for your lovely comment, Chris! These chairs have jazzed up a couple of flowerbeds, for sure!

  3. Sharon says:

    I love these and will start looking for some chairs. I think this would be perfect for my sunroom.


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