These have got to be the easiest landscaping or gardening projects ever; but that doesn’t diminish how wonderful they look, and friends and family will be astonished at your creativity.
Tipsy Pot Planter
Any pot with a hole in the bottom of it will work for this nifty decor, but some wide pots or flimsy plastic pots do not work well. Light, flimsy plastic will break under the weight of the pot once you fill it with dirt and wide pots tip too much, often causing the dirt to wash out during a good rain storm. Clay pots actually work the best, and all you have to do is get a 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch diameter piece of rebar, just make sure whatever size rebar you get, it fits through the holes in the bottom of the clay pots.
Pound the rebar into the ground a good 6-8 inches so it will hold the weight of the pots filled with dirt without falling over.
Simply stack your pots on the rebar pole by feeding the rebar through the holes in the bottom of the pots. Fill with dirt, and you’re ready to plant. You can paint the pots for added color, but it’s not necessary.
Using a little bigger pot for the bottom is a good idea to help weigh everything down and prevent it from tipping over.
Tin Can Bird Feeders
Looking for a good use for those empty tin can food containers?
Clean them out well, paint them in several different colors and tie wire, string or ribbon around them for hanging as shown in the photo.
It’s easy to poke a hole in the rim of the can with a punch or knife so you can insert a stick or small dowel to use for a perch.
This crafty bird feeder will keep the rain and snow off the bird seed as well as making a very colorful ornamental display in a tree. Best part about this project, it won’t cost more than a dollar a piece to make sine you would have thrown out or recycled the cans anyway.
Decorative Cement Block Planter
The most difficult part about this project is trying to decide how you want to configure the blocks for maximum appeal. This planter will last forever and never have to be painted or replaced. You can reconfigure it as needed and make it as large as you like.
To keep the dirt in the part of the blocks that are hanging over and not supported by anything, you can block the bottom so that part of the block will hold dirt with a piece of wood cut to fit inside the block, or set the block on a board, pour a small amount of cement in the bottom to seal the hole, then when it is set, stack it in your planter arrangement.
Practical appeal for apartment patios or tight areas. Veining plants work well for the areas where they can hang over and add some color. Great for strawberries too.