Purpose: Re-purpose salvaged materials to add a unique feature to your garden.
Tools: virtually none
Materials: old washer drum, spray paint, rocks, dirt, plants and light
Step 1: Salvage Operation
Easily the trickiest part of the process, finding scrap materials to use can be a challenge. If you have an idea in mind, there are ways to hunt down specific items, but otherwise is it is a state of mind where you need to be creatively awake and alert. I have been wanting to upgrade my garden for a while, but didn't have any specifics locked down yet as I am still brainstorming ideas.
One day, just hanging out at TechShop, this old washer drum pretty much found me. Someone had left this back by the metal scrap bin earlier that morning, and I knew it would make a perfect funky planter (and subsequently save me ~$80).
Don't look at objects as they are, but as they could be.
Step 2: Clean Up
While I could certainly powder coat my “new” planter, I opted to get out of the shop and spend a little more time enjoying the sunshine. Because of this decision, I didn't need to be very meticulous with the clean up. A hose set to higher pressure and a coarse brush are plenty. Quick scrub and set out to dry while you go pick up the other materials.