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We had an old wheelbarrow that has seen better days. Our biggest issue was that the wheel was broken and didn’t appear to be fixable. We’d made some attempts. It sort of works, but not to support any great weight. The second issue was that the handles are TERRIBLE at splintering into your hands. I can’t tell you how many splinters I’ve had to pull out of my fingers because of this thing. Meh. So we decided to turn it into a planter.
We tried it last year as a planter but didn’t put enough drainage holes. It was a massive fail. But this year I added more holes, some spray paint and vinyl, and it looks GREAT. Better yet, it’s growing lettuce like crazy. Woohoo! The best part is that it’s mobile and we’ve had issues with lettuce bolting if it gets really hot and it’s in too sunny a spot. Having it in the wheelbarrow allows us the option to move it if needed to a slightly cooler/shadier spot.
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Paint. I used Rustoleum 2x Spray Paint. I wasn’t fussy about how good a job I did honestly.
Note: I was a little concerned about the rust being an issue for edible plants, but a little web research and it *seems* to be okay (as long as the wheelbarrow doesn’t have lead or such). If you’re concerned, you could always line the wheelbarrow or just use it for non edible plants.
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Repurpose an old wheelbarrow into a DIY planter. It's such an easy project.
- An old wheelbarrow
- Spray paint that will work on metal
- Soil, seeds
- Silhouette Cameo and 651 Vinyl (optional)
- Drill holes for drainage.
- Optional - add vinyl decals.
- Fill with soil and compost.
- Plant seeds.
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Danielle Pientka is the sewing and DIY blogger behind DIYDanielle.com. She taught herself to sew in 2011 when she wanted to make cloth diapers for her first son. She’s been sewing everything from ecofriendly items to kids products to clothing since, as it has become a passion. She loves learning how to do new things and teaching others in the process. She hopes to inspire other moms to take time for themselves to find their own creative passion.
Danielle lives in Maryland with her three young sons and her husband, Brandon. In her spare time, she gardens, reads, horseback rides, and has a small homestead with goats and ducks. Visit her shop to buy patterns or her sewing eBooks. Subscribe to her newsletter to get blog updates, free patterns and other printables by clicking here.