With summer in full swing, I am on the hunt for creative planters and this new DIY hits my sweet spot. Reclaimed, natural, and customizable. Leave it to Kate to deconstruct and then reinvent a high end planter into something more fitting for her home and my budget. She literally took a barrel, drilled holes in the bottom, cut out the different layers and added in wood where needed. Genius! She provides a step-by-step tutorial on her website, Centsational Girl. She even planted based on hardiness and water needs, putting the succulents toward the bottom and the more delicate flowers toward the top of the tiers.
With some great tips, she recommends how to find old barrels, from sales at vineyards and old auctions to an online site that sells reclaimed barrels and other items from wineries. I love the idea of also using some reclaimed barn wood for the divider pieces that have a bit of old paint on them (although that can't be good for the plants) to add some color. Perhaps miniature renditions of these with handles, making them portable and kid-friendly, would be fun for those of us with a little less space but a whole lot of love for these types of projects. How would you, or have you, personalized this type of a planter? (Images: Centsational Girl