Introduction: Planters From Kitchen Tools

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Do you have old pots and pans that you'd hate to throw out? Let's reuse them as planters! It's simple, anything can be used as a planter as long as you have proper drainage. I'll show you how to make a few different types of planters from kitchen pots and pans.

Step 1: Coffee Pot Terrarium Planter

This is what you will need to make a coffee pot terrarium planter:
-an old coffee pot (with or without the lid)
-small rocks
-plants (great choices are air plants or succulents)
-small trinkets for decor

Step 2: Coffee Pot Terrarium Planter - Continued

First place some rocks on the bottom of the coffee pot. One layer should do. This is essential as it will allow for drainage after watering.

For succulents:
Put in a small layer of soil with a small well for where you will put the succulents. Take succulents out of the pot, and position in the soil well. Cover the remaining area with soil.

For air plants:
Add another layer of rock (if you have another colour, that works too). Place the air plants on top.

You can add little trickets such as gems and small figurines to personalize the terrarium.

Be careful when watering. You don't need to water too much because there is no drainage hole. You should be able to see through the rock layer how much water has been added.

Step 3: Strainer Hanging Planter

This is what you need for a strainer/colander hanging planter:
-metal colander
-spray paint (optional)
-landscape fabric
-jute or hemp rope
-trailing plants

Step 4: Strainer Hanging Planter - Continued

The optional step for this planter is to spray paint your strainer. Shiny metallic objects can scare away birds from the garden. If you don't want birds coming, than leave the strainer as is. If you want to encourage birds to your garden, it is highly recommended that you spray paint your strainer. Focus on light colours if you are spraying, so that the root system doesn't get too hot. If you are choosing to spray paint your planter, do that first on the outside. You don't need to spray the inside.

Step 5: Strainer Hanging Planter - Continued

Wrap jute or hemp around the rim of the planter. Starting at a handle, wrap the handle and continue once around. Go and wrap a second time. Wrap a third time, but this time, create two handles with the jute so that you will have four points to hang the planter.

Step 6: Strainer Hanging Planter - Continued

Cut out a circle of landscaping fabric that will fit in your strainer. Line the bottom and fill with soil. Plant your plants normally. Add handles with jute (a braid or weave will do).

Step 7: Hanging Pot Herb Planter

This is what you will need for a hanging pot herb planter:
- a pot with a handle
- herbs
- spray paint (optional)
- soil
-hemp or jute
-coco planter material

Step 8: Hanging Pot Herb Planter - Continued

Just like the strainer planter, this optional step is to spray paint the planter if you want to encourage birds in your yard. Shiny metallic objects will scare away birds.

Step 9: Hanging Pot Herb Planter - Continued

Put in the coco liner. If it's too big trim it down. Essentially you want half a circle. Fit the liner in the pot, you'll want a substantial amount hanging out the bottom. At each end, cut a hole and stick a long piece of hemp in. Tie each end to the handle.

Step 10: Hanging Pot Herb Planter - Continued

Cut another two holes along the center. Put in a long piece of hemp. Do not tie this one yet, we need to plant the herbs first.

Step 11: Hanging Pot Herb Planter - Continued

Start by putting in some soil. Add the herb and put soil around the roots. Press hard around. Add a little more soil in the front. Make sure that most of the root system is near the bottom of the pan. Most of the herb will grow along the coco liner.

Step 12: Hanging Pot Herb Planter - Continued

Tie the front hemp strings to the handle. Now you're done! Hang by the grill for quick access to herbs.

Step 13: Baking Pan Planter

For this planter you will need:
-baking pan
-succulent plugs
-air plants

Step 14: Baking Pans Planter - Continued

Most pans are thick, so it's tricky drilling holes for drainage. To get around this, fill the bottom of the pan with rocks.

Step 15: Baking Pan Planter - Continued

Add soil on top the rocks but make the soil raised in the center. Pans typically are shallow so you need to raise up the center a bit. You will need succulent plugs (small succulents) which is fine for how shallow the pan is. Plant the plugs in the raised center.

Step 16: Baking Pan Planter - Continued

Place rocks along the edge of the baking pan. Put some air plants on top. Air plants do not need to be buried in the soil. When watering, use a spray bottle.
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