I have had a thing for chairs for awhile. I don't know exactly what it is. Maybe it's because there are endless varieties of chairs. Maybe it's because when you have lots of chairs everyone has a place to sit and make themselves at home. That's always nice. I just find chairs so charming.
But lately I'd noticed a couple of chairs that didn't have a place around here anymore. They were looking tired and worn out and they had cracks going through the seats. Not so charming. Not the kind of chairs you want to offer to your guests, for sure!
They were destined for the next donation drop off...
But then all this Creative Planter talk going on got me to thinking....
About what I could add to these chippy "old" chairs to turn them into some fun garden planters.
I removed the cracked and broken seats and screwed the chains of wire hanging baskets right to the seat frames. These hanging baskets have had a good life too...just like the chairs. Notice all the cracked and faded charm they have?
I started out trying to cut a circle into the seat, BUT the seat was so badly cracked that it just came apart while I was sawing through it...so this ended up being the best solution. Work with what you've got, right?
I quickly popped off the seat of the 2nd chair by turning it upside down and hammering it fiercly. We call this therapy around here. :)
I lined the wire baskets with some of this green moss.
(It's grown right here in The Pacific NW ~ how's that for local!).
Many stores also sell the liners for these wire baskets, BUT they were out at the store I went to today. I was so determined that nothing would thwart my chair planting project that I just grabbed the moss and moved on.
I also grabbed these shade happy geraniums, some quick growing vines and those adorable little "mega-white" Bacopa flowers that are great filler in hanging pots. Just enough to fill my baskets with a little growing room left over. I know these plants will need room to grow and mature so I didn't want to over do it.
My first chair planter finished!
Here are both chairs in the garden with a cute little girl playing peek-a-boo behind the tree. :)
I'm so excited to watch them mature and fill in. The vines I bought said on their insert that they are good with part shade and are FAST growing. Just what these planters need.
I'm hoping they will become big bushy mounds of flowers growing over the seat area and vines cascading down the sides just like the big beautiful hanging baskets.
I can already picture it!
I'm loving this sweet little vignette in the corner of our yard.
We are completely surrounded by fences, sheds and other people's houses, so it's nice to have something pretty to distract from all of that "fenced-in" feeling.
For more fun Creative Planter Ideas check out this Google Hangout hosted by Kelly Elko of Eclectically Vintage and some other talented bloggers.
Enjoy your Spring Gardens!