I’m always on the lookout for interesting things to repurpose into planters…. like this magazine rack planter.
Not that there’s anything wrong with traditional type planters, but using unusual things can really up the fun factor.
Giving flowers a one-of-a-kind home can easily take them from pretty to pretty amazing, and for me what I put my flowers in is almost as important as the flowers themselves.
I sort of think of the flowers as the art and the planter as the frame that accents the art.
In the past I’ve used many different things as planters like this doll carriage planter, and this purse planter, and these sink planters… just to name a few. And once I even literally framed a wall planter.
Today I’m sharing my quick and easy magazine rack planter.
I found it at a local thrift store and, lucky me, it was half price day.
What did I pay for it?
For that price I couldn’t pass it up. Could you?
It’s quite heavy and has lovely details.
Check out those feet!
I have to admit that I have a weakness for leaves and curlicues.
I spray painted it my new favorite color, aqua blue, (sorry pink, but you’re still a very very very close second) with a paint and primer combo meant for metal.
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Spray paints are labelled on the front so it’s very easy to find the kind that you need for any project.
Since none of the pre-made coco fibre planter fillers that I could find were the right size for my magazine rack I had to look for something else, and I was lucky to find this roll of coco fibre at an area nursery.
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Here’s what it looks like when it’s rolled out.
It quite strong and can be a little hard to manipulate, but the strength of the fibre is also what makes it great for lining planters.
I’ve read that wetting it can sometimes make it more pliable, but I didn’t need to do that in this case.
After measuring what I needed I cut the coco fibre to size, which cut very easily with a regular pair of scissors.
First I tried putting the main piece in first, but I didn’t like all the extra stuff showing at the corners.
So I decided to put the end pieces in first…
… and then put the main section back in.
I always thought mums were for fall, but they’re showing up in nurseries here already.
These two pretty pinky/purply mums were the perfect size for my magazine rack planter.
I just put the mums in pots and all.
The coco fibre acts makes a nice screen so you don’t see the pots at all.
Magazine racks come in all shapes, styles, sizes, and materials… and I think probably all of them could make cool garden planters.
So the next time you see one at a thrift store or garage sale why not give this a try?
Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…
keep on keepin’ on!
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