Repurposing Ideas to Make Wooden Flower Boxes Out of Old Furniture

Flower boxes have been used since ancient times to grow food, medicinal herbs, and ornamentals plants. Today, flower boxes add beauty and functionality to homes and commercial buildings around the world.

Early flower boxes were made from clay. In later years, wire hay baskets became popular in English cottage gardens, whilst wrought iron was used to make the highly decorative window boxes popular in France. Today creativity rules, and gardeners make flower boxes from terra cotta, wood, metal, synthetic materials, and even castaway furniture. Following are our favourite clever ideas for turning old furniture into whimsical flower boxes.


Make a Bathtub Flower box

Clawfoot bathtubs make eye-catching flower boxes for lawns, patios, and balcony gardens. Cover the drain hole with wire mesh so the soil doesn’t run out the hole. For improved drainage add a layer of pebbles, rocks, or crushed stones to the bottom of the tub. Add good planting medium to within three or four inches of the top. Claw foot tubs are deep enough to grow shrubs or dwarf fruit trees and big enough for an herb or salad garden.


Plant Flowers in an Old Bed Frame

Paint an old brass bed frame an eye-catching colour and make it a true flower “bed”. Measure the inside dimensions of the frame. Choose where you want your flower bed to go, then build up the soil with organic matter to the size and shape of the bed frame. Place the frame over your mound and add flowers for a unique and playful garden.


Turn a Desk, Table, or Bureau into a Flowerpot Holder

You can transform any piece of furniture with a flat top into a holder for one or more flowerpots. First, choose the desk, table, or bureau you want to use. For a bold statement, paint the piece with a bright colour and finish it with a weatherproof coating.
Place the pot or pots on the furniture and trace around the bottom of each pot with a marker. Turn the pots over and trace around the tops. Then saw a hole that is larger than the bottom of the pot and smaller than the top. Your flowerpots should fit snugly in their holes so winds don’t dislodge them.

Bench Flower Box


Create a Commode Garden

Popular in the early 1900s, solid wood commodes make perfect plant holders because they already have openings. A typical commode measures about 18 inches square, with a 12-inch diameter opening. You can fit a standard flowerpot into the opening with just the lip showing. Or, place a decorative brass or ceramic container so the bottom of the pot recesses into the commode’s hole.


Tips for Container Growing

Whatever container you use, make sure to choose plant varieties that grow in your locale and under the conditions you can provide. For example, succulents and other drought-tolerant plants grow well on rooftop gardens. Impatiens and begonias thrive in shady spots, whilst marigolds and zinnias love the sun. Always use a high-quality planting medium designed for container growing.


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  1. Hellen Barlow -

    Some great ideas shared, and beautiful images added! Look forward to keeping up to date with this blog!

  2. Josh -

    Great ideas but this is not actually a How To. No instructions or plans….?

    1. Robert Bridgman -

      You’re right, Josh, thanks for pointing this out! I’ll get the title updated and shoot you an email when we’ve made a ‘how to’ guide.
      Best, Robert.

  3. Jared Cheever -

    What kind of wood was used to make these flower pots and how much would something like 1 of those flower pots cost.

    1. Robert Bridgman -

      From the looks of the image I would say that it’s Ash. Other great Hardwood alternatives would be Oak, Beech or Maple – each will set you back between £2 – £7 per metre depending on the grade. If you’re looking for a cheaper option you could consider a softwood like Pine, but this wouldn’t be as durable.

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