Friday, June 27, 2014

A Picture Perfect Planter

My sister and I were at Lowes a while back looking for plant deals, for HER.  She's a plant-a-holic!  
She has yet to admit this.
We saw this cute hanging planter which was a steal at 60 bucks....and when I say a steal,  I thought ain't no one stealing my sister's 60 bucks!
Hanging cake pan picture from Lowes

A side view.

My quest, was to create something similar for nothing!

I scrounged through the scrap pile and found
 an old roasting pan lid.
I didn't even clean it for her.

I determined how big I wanted the frame and cut some scrap wood to that size.

Cut the inside out.

Drilled a couple of  holes for watering and put in some supports for the plants and dirt.  The other end was the lids original vent hole, which will be used to drain excess water.

I removed the lid handle and re-used it for the hanger, drilling new holes and using small bolts and nuts to fasten it in its new position.  Ouch

I glued and clamped the board to the metal and left it overnight to dry..... which was a fail.   Also the chicken wire ended up being cut away to allow for the roots to tuck in.
I ended up securing the pan to the wood, using four washers and screws

I painted the surface using an exterior paint.

I used some grey caulking which I had leftover from another project.

and attached rocks using the caulking as glue, hoping it would look like grey mortar.

My sister worked her magic  and made it beautiful!  Being 60 bucks richer, minus the cost of plants, she joined Garden Club, which she says is like AA for plant-a-holics.

Wait a minute, I don't think that will help her, will it?

Look what we have!
A new generation of Great Horned Owls!
I can't get as close to these guys as I did to last years batch.  They spook so much easier.  Guess last years two got used to me bugging them every single morning!
You can see them here


  1. I am always SO impressed with people that do step after step to make a project exquisite, not the crumpled up fitted sheet style of so many of mine. Nice work here, it's beautiful! I'm not sure Garden Club is like AA... it may be more like Beer of the Month Club... ? Those owls are fabulous, no wonder you spend a lot of time looking at them. I have a hoot owl that stands outside my bedroom window in the middle of night, singing the song of his people in order to freak me out, but I never get to see it.

  2. Karen---I LOVE this planter! (And we have an owl in our day he was sitting in our front yard, staring at our house. He probably thought "who owns this piece of doodoo?")

  3. That's amazing, go you!! Sister will start harassing you for more ;). More owls yay how adorable.

  4. WAS THAT YOUR FINGER IN THE TOP PHOTO??? YOU DRILLED YOUR FINGER FOR YOU SISTER? Have I given you a list of some things I want? All that AND owls......jealousy reigns.

  5. That planter is pretty amazing! Doing the pebble work with the caulking looks great. I don't think I've ever seen an owl in person. How awesome! They look pretty camera shy.

  6. Shudder. Your poor finger! Gives me the shivers all over. This turned out great and I love that you made it using things you had completely on hand. Great job! I love succulents.

  7. You "rocked" this one Karen! Delightful and I'm stealing the idea, humor and all. Start to finish--A+. What a good sister keeping an eye on her bottom line.

    La Verne@hopeandsalvage

  8. Your sister is one lucky gal! I hope she took you to lunch with that $60 she saved! Seriously fabulous job, like you always do.

    I wish we had owls in our yard. Maybe we do, I've just never seen them. I got really excited when I saw a hawk yesterday. Then I remembered the mutilated bunny one left on my deck last year and thought about showing the little bastard off.

  9. Karen, I love this project, so pretty! I remember last years owls, how lucky to have that family of owls in your own yard!

  10. It looks great, though it seems to have cost you a finger! I'm so jealous of your family of owls, since I have a family of bats living in the fake ceiling of my bedroom this summer... Not so fluffy and cute!

  11. I like your 100 times better than "the other". The rocks totally rock this planter, but then again, so does the dirty pan lid. You are really something with those tools, cutting out a pan shaped hole and then devising a way to attach it, I'm impressed. Did the handle become the hanger?

    I hope you and your sis did go splurge that 60 bucks on something fun!

  12. That planter turned out superbly! Love the young owls. :)

  13. What an awesome planter! My daughter in law would love that too.
    So glad you shared!

  14. That looks amazing, but at what cost to you -- your poor finger looked very "ouchy!" When was your last tetanus shot? The owls are adorable. Our local Lowes has a family each year out in their garden center. Good for the store -- great entertainment while you spend way too much money!

  15. Holy. Crap. That is freaking awesome. Lucky sister!!!!! (And ouchy finger...)



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