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DIY: Upcycled secondhand planter

For me, there’s nothing better than taking a somewhat gaudy thrifted find and turning it into a sophisticated addition to your home decor. And crafting it on a budget. That’s a win, win, win. Here’s a simple way to restyle a secondhand treasure from drab to super fab.


  • planter
  • spray paint
  • rocks
  • soil
  • succulent
  • jute

Source your planter from your local thrift store. I loved this owl – who doesn’t love owls?! But the colour was a bit “bright” for me.

Clean your planter then spray paint with your colour of choice. Allow to dry.
If there’s no drainage in your planter then use rocks at the bottom to create some drainage. Use small rocks and cover the base of the inside of your planter.

Now add soil and your plant. I rehomed a succulent I had from a preious upcycling project. I loved this succulent for my planter since it had long pieces that hung down.

Finally use jute to add a hanger for your planter. My thrifted planter had some tacky gold string. I replaced it with jute and it looked swanky!

And that’s it! Your new to you planter is ready to be hung.

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