DIY Upcycled Garden Planter

For today’s DIY I’ve teamed up with Rust-Oleum for their #MakeItYours campaign. I’m sharing a spray painting tutorial for this Upcycled Garden Planter which started out as a CD rack!


I can’t take all the credit for this idea though, it was actually G that suggested it become a decorative garden planter. He knows I am terrible at gardening though, so I did cheat and add fake flowers – you could definitely add real ones though!


My supplies included:


I started by giving the CD rack a quick wipe down with a wet cloth to get rid of any dust and dirt. Then I used some sandpaper to smooth the surface before painting.


A light coat of primer was added after I had propped the CD rack up on a cardboard box.


I wanted the planter to look completely different to the wooden CD rack it started as, so I chose this Stone effect spray paint which was awesome!


3 light coats of the pebble paint did wonders and gave the planter a great texture too. I then added a coat of the sealer to protect the planter.

Stone-Spray-Painted-Garden-PlanterI cut up some floral foam brick to the size of each section of the planter, and then trimmed the flowers to the correct height. The floral foam brick works really well with fake flowers as you literally just push the plastic stem into it!


The tulips look pretty real, don’t you think? Spring like and cheery. I think this DIY would be great for a balcony or if like me, you aren’t into gardening (sorry Mum).

If you wanted to add real plants, I would suggest drilling some drainage holes in the bottom of each plant section.

Upcycled-CD-Rack-To-Garden-PlanterThis might be one of my favourite spray painting projects so far! I hope you enjoyed it and I’d love to hear your suggestions for future spray painting projects in the comments below.

In case you’re wondering why I posted a little later than normal today – I had a really terrible weekend of migraines which resulted in a trip to the emergency out of hours doctor 🙁 I am on the mend now though, thanks to all the lovely people who sent me messages on Twitter.



 *The supplies for this project were kindly provided by Rustoleum. Read more about my disclosure policy here.

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