Friday, April 30, 2010

Chair Planter in 6 Easy Steps

Hello and welcome. I thought this tutorial  would be perfect for Inspiration Avenue's Blog Party this weekend. You should stop by and check out all of the fun stuff over there.  There are all sorts of links to tutorials, recipes, tips, etc. Invite your friends along to play.

This is a fun and rather easy project to do. I made this last spring and it lasted through fall.  I just changed out the flowers from Spring to Summer and then in the Fall.

Supplies you will need:

Staple gun

1. Find old chair (mine was from the road side)

2. Use a round object (I used a plate) to mark out where the hole should go for the plants.

3. Use a drill to start the hole in the center of the marked out circle and then onto a jigsaw to cut out the rest of the circle.

4. Next place screening (can be metal or not, doesn't matter) over the hole and allow for it to droop down inside the hole low enough for a good amount of soil and moss to fit in (makes for better water retention) and staple it all the way around on top of the chair seat.

5. Cut off excess screening , leaving about 1/2" overlapping the chair seat (this will be covered by the moss and plantings.

6. Fill with moss and then soil and lastly whatever plants/flowers you want.

Remember you will need to water regularly as the soil is in an exposed area only being held in by the moss and screen. I planted pansies and ivy in it in the spring and then when summer came along, I left the ivy and took out the pansies, added in Petunias and Sweet William for height. It was lovely. This picture is when I first added the petunias, before the whole thing went crazy with blooms and some of the ivy was wrapped up around the back of the seat, while the rest reached for the ground.


  1. I love it, I'm going to have to keep my eye out for old chairs.

  2. I love this Tammy! And it can last practically forever, as the only thing taking wear and tear from watering is the screen, which can be replaced. I'll be looking for an old chair like that!

    I never knew how to do that before and now willl also be looking for an old chair to do that with.
    Thank you

  4. Tammy, it looks so wonderfull, thanks for telling,how....

  5. What a great, quirky feature this would make for the garden! Very creative and cool - something that I would never have thought of but it looks amazing :)

  6. Hello,my dear Tammy!-)*

    Such a great idea again!!!

    You inspire me always,you have some great playgul ideas and very fresh mind:-))) my dear Friend:-)))*
    Wish you beautiful,springly weekend,

    Love and hugs,

  7. what an absolutely brilliant idea! Love it. Must find an old chair now!!

  8. Hi Tammy, This is great! Even though we don't have a garden I think of making one for indoors. I'll watch out for an old chair. Thanks so much for the tutorial!

  9. great project dear Tammy! and it looks so pretty!

  10. Such a cool project, I am definitely going to make one of these, off I go to the 2nd hand store.

  11. What a clever and beautiful idea. Now that's a brilliant way to re-purpose an old chair! Love that you found yours on the side of the road! :)

    Thanks for sharing your lesson with all of us!

  12. What a happy little chair! Thanks for the tute!

    Warm blessings,

  13. Cool! Great idea! I have never thought of another use of old chair... Thanks for sharing!

  14. This is wonderful Tammy and would make any garden look enchanting! Thanks so much for the idea!
    PS. {{Love}} your blog!! Too cute!♥

  15. This is a terrific idea for wobbly chairs! I always thought you had to find a pot to fit the whole and when math is involved- forget it! How genius to use screen.

    PS I did get your email and I had an idea on meeting...I'll be in touch very soon :)

  16. Hello from the Philippines! Really cute idea! I love it!
    :^) patsy

  17. What a lovely project for the garden, its a very pretty way of displaying your favourite plants and flowers.

    Thank you.

  18. What a fabulous tutorial Tammy! Come on over and check mine out :)


  19. I LOVE this Tammy! I did something similar with an antique highchair (also found on the side of the road:)) but I like your technique better than the one I used. Can't wait to try it out!

  20. Tammy, it's gorgeous!! And simple. I think even I could manage this one! :-)

  21. Yesterday I saw an old chair at a garage sale. This is really cute and whimsical inside or out.

  22. Totally adorable tutorial. I tried this one year, but my chair fell apart before the end of the summer. I'm glad to see your tutorial because it reminds me I should probably try again.

  23. Amazing idea! I love it... I going to find a chair and visit the local green house. You have inspired me.

  24. Tammy....very cute. I'm thinking there won't be many free chair along the road, with all of us wanting to do one of these. I love it. Thanks for sharing. (Loretta)

  25. gI can see you've been playing around with your blog. Looks very nice. I just came across that quote by Danny Kaye today when I was looking for quotes of inspiration for a friend. Love that you gave an old chair new life as a planter. Have a great week! :) Tammy PS i sent you an email today

  26. Great project, Tammy--thank you for sharing--I have so many old chairs too.

  27. Great tutorial, Tammy. I have a very tiny wooden chair that is from a 1950s kindergarten. Since it's so low I didn't put a hole in it, just sat a plant on it!

  28. very nice blog,Compliments and have a nice day from Tenerife!!!

  29. Oh wow I can't believe I have not made it over here for this tutorial.
    I did one of these a few years ago and mine is still in pretty good shape too. They are lovely additions to any garden.
    Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day!

  30. I made one of these about 10 years ago for our yard in Fort Worth. I used thyme and it just TOOK off! I keep searching for the 'perfect' chair to make another one. After seeing your post, I'm sure to become obsessed with it!


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