New Life "Cooked Up" for Worn-out Pots

April 11th, 2014 in blog     
PlentyPlace Kerry Messer, contributor
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These vintage Club cooking pots turned out to be the perfect containers for a succulent garden. I wouldve passed them up at the thrift store if I hadnt paused to consider how they could be repurposed. Their cool aqua color saved them from the trash heap.
Heres hoping these plants survive as long as their containers. 
I thought if I could just remove the handles, these would be just the right color and size for planters. 
Ill pretend to be Kerry Poppins and throw this picture in just for the happy factor. I saw this idea on Pinterest and had to try it when I found this vintage bumbershoot. 
Heres hoping your April showers bring gobs of May flowers. Happy Spring, friends!
Succulents love dry, sandy soil, and good drainage. Mine came with sand pre-mixed into the soil, but double check and add sand if you plan to have a potted succulent garden. Seashells at the bottom of the pot allows for excess water to seep through the soil.
I loved the aqua color of these pots, but cooking in pots with scratched Teflon is a health hazard. I strolled these babies in the shopping cart until an alternative use for them popped into my mind. 
A couple cranks with a socket wrench, and the handles came off very easily. Time to get planting! 
These vintage Club cooking pots turned out to be the perfect containers for a succulent garden. I wouldve passed them up at the thrift store if I hadnt paused to consider how they could be repurposed. Their cool aqua color saved them from the trash heap.

These vintage Club cooking pots turned out to be the perfect containers for a succulent garden. I would've passed them up at the thrift store if I hadn't paused to consider how they could be repurposed. Their cool aqua color saved them from the trash heap.


Just because something old can't be used for its original purpose doesn't mean it's useless. When we look at the basic shape or color of an item sometimes we can "cook up" new uses for it.

Some folks shy away from junking projects because they think a lot of construction or purchasing of extra supplies will be involved. But many times repurposing can come from deleting items. In this case, simply subtracting the handles of the pots turned them into lovely homes for a succulent garden. 

By the way... stay tuned for how those pot handles are going to make a comeback in a project for my son's room.


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