Upcycled Chair Planter

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Debbie Wolfe

I spotted a chair at a garage sale. It was in good condition, but it needed a new coat of paint. I bought it, with no intention of using it as a chair for sitting, but rather as a new planter for my garden.

Tools & Materials

  • Measuring tape
  • Handsaw
  • Hammer
  • Drill
  • Jigsaw
  • Pot
  • Scrap piece of wood
  • Finishing nails
  • Wooden chair
  • Marker
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint
  • Shellac or polyurethane finish


  1. Measure the diameter of the pot you’re using. Cut a piece of scrap wood to measure half the diameter. Nail a finishing nail at each end of the scrap wood. Find the center of the chair’s seat, and mark it.

  2. Nail one end of the scrap wood into the center of the chair on the marked spot.

  3. Pivot the scrap wood around in a circle, allowing the nail to score the wood.

  4. On the inner edge of the circle, drill a hole large enough to fit the jigsaw blade.

  5. Insert the jigsaw blade into the hole, and cut out the circle in the chair’s seat. Sand the edges, and then paint the chair and let it dry completely. Add a coat of shellac or polyurethane, and allow it to dry overnight.

  6. Put the chair planter where you want it, and then place the pot, which has been planted with your choice of flowers, into the opening.

Debbie Wolfe is writer, crafter, home chef, and gardener. This article is excerpted with permission from her book, Do-It-Yourself Garden Projects and Crafts (Skyhorse Publishing).

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