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DIY Garden Chair Planter

Transform your garden into a whimsical oasis with this unique and creative DIY Garden Chair Planter. This project is not only a great way to repurpose an old chair, but it also adds a touch of charm and character to your outdoor space. Finally, place your DIY Garden Chair Planter in a sunny spot in your garden and water it regularly to keep your plants happy and healthy. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the beauty of your unique creation as it adds a touch of whimsy and charm to your outdoor space.

Chair (with no seat, or a chair that you can cut a circular hole into the seat)
Clay pot (appropriately sized for your chair)
Spray paint primer
Spray Paint in color of your choice for the chair
Another color spray paint for the clay pot
Potting soil
Rocks or broken clay pot/dish pieces
A variety of plants and flowers


1. Clean the chair, and the pot if necessary. Make sure there is no dirt or dust on the surface. Sand away any imperfections and clean again to get rid of sandpaper dust.

2. Prime the chair and pot. Primer helps to keep your color true, and allows you to use less spray paint. You can find paint that has primer built into it, but you are more limited with color choices. Allow your primer to dry before moving on to the colored spray paint.

Priming and Painting Tips: If you are new to spray paint, be sure to follow the directions on the can. Do not spray too close, or too far away. Plastic attachments that fit on the can, are sold to help you achieve even coverage. The temperature needs to be 70 degrees or higher, otherwise your spray paint may run or crack. If you are painting indoors, open all the windows, and be sure to lay out lots of newspaper. If you are painting outside – avoid windy days. The wind will blow dirt/dust onto your paint.

3. Once the primer has dried, spray paint the chair and clay pot. I went with two shades of blue for my project.

Note: I did not paint the inside of my pot. If you want to paint yours, purchase a second can of primer to be on the safe side. There is nothing worse than running out of supplies mid-project.

4. If your pot is large, fill the bottom of it with broken clay pot pieces or rocks for better drainage, more weight and the need for less soil.

5. Plant a variety of flowers, herbs, and plants. My summer inspired combination included sweet potato vine, trailing petunias, French lavender, Spike Dracaena, Lantana flowers and Vinca vine. 

Tip: When planting multiple flowers, my rule of thumb for large containers is a trailing flower or two, a trailing accent plant, and a flower and/or accent/herb for height.

Finally, step back, and admire your darling planter!

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