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Broken Crock Planter ~ Upcycled Garden Fun

One thing’s for sure…nothing goes to waste around here. Yes, I love to upcycle for the fun of it, but also because sending perfectly good things to the landfill is just senseless. The problem is that most folks don’t know potential when they see it. Take this antique gem, for instance. Would you throw it away because of the damage? I say turn it into a broken crock planter. Time for some garden fun!

Antique Red Wing Crock with Broken Bottom Before Upcycle by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

I don’t know about you, but crocks have my heart and then some. They are totally useful when fully functional for making fermented foods (See my crock pickle recipe HERE). They also make great storage containers, decor accents, and more.

Sometimes unfortunate things happen, like they fall or get cracks. However, there’s no need to send them to the landfill. The crock you see above belonged to my grandparents. Sadly it didn’t make it through our last brutal Ohio winter at my parent’s house. My mom uses her parent’s antique crocks as planters, and apparently this one didn’t get drained enough so it froze and broke out the bottom. Talk about tears…aaagh!

The not-so-funny thing is that I had an antique crock have the same thing a few years ago when I was on bed-rest while pregnant with my daughter. My family didn’t know to clean it out. The ice busted the bottom clean out, just like it did to my mother’s. When that happened, I couldn’t toss it out, so I stuck it in my flower bed and used it as planter. In my noggin’ it made sense that since the bottom is missing it is still functional for something.

Enter in this year. My mom was sickened by what happened to this 10 gallon Red Wing crock her parent’s owned. She told me how they used it for kraut, for washing clothes, and even things like a downspout catch. Because it was broken, she didn’t have a use for it, so she asked me if I was interested. Of course! It would be the perfect compliment to my smaller one.

Broken Crock Planters in Flower Bed | Video Tutorial at Prodigal Pieces |

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While I am still working on planting and cleaning up my flower beds, I thought this was the perfect time to fill these up. Anyone else have a horribly wet spring? Our local farmers are behind and frustrated too.

Filling Broken Crock Planters with Potting Soil |

To prepare each crock I use a moisture-control soil to fill them up. Of course, half the fun is picking out what to plant in these beauties. For now, I’ve decided to primarily go with annuals. However, perennials could be used, if you prefer, as long as they can tolerate your winter temps.

Planting annuals in my broken crock planter | #prodigalpieces #diy #home #garden

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This spot on the east side of my home only gets morning sun, so I’m using plants I know will thrive in that environment. I chose a fern, dusty miller, and grass for height and texture. Then, the petunias to fill up with color, and a potato vine to add drama with draping vines.

Planting Petunias in Farmhouse Crock Planter by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #home #diy #flowers

Repurposed Antique Crock Planters as demonstrated by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #home #garden #flowers

Top View of Broken Crock Planters by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #garden #diy #farmhouse

Can you tell I get a little giddy when I get to play in the dirt? sigh…

Potted Antique Crocks for your Garden Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #garden #diy

Farmhouse Red Wing Crock Planter by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #home #garden #homedecor #diy

The next time you’re out at a barn sale or flea market, scope out the discounted broken crocks. Even cracked crocks make wonderful planters as I have them here and there around my home too. I’d love to hear the way you make use of crocks in your home. Do tell!

Garden Beds with Broken Crock Planters by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #garden #home

DIY Broken Crock Planter for Farmhouse Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homedecor #garden #farmhouse

I invite you to pin and share my broken crock planter to inspire others to take their garden decor to a new level and keep good stuff out of the landfill.

Don't toss those broken crocks! They make wonderful additions to our garden decor | Come see the DIY video tutorial how to make a broken crock planter by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces at #prodigalpieces #diy #garden #upcycled #farmhouse

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More upcycled garden fun like this broken crock planter:

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10 replies on “Broken Crock Planter ~ Upcycled Garden Fun”

Larissa funny timing. I am starting research to buy a pickle crock. I love them and would like one. My style is French country style. I’m hoping it will work. I believe it does to add more collected look. Just want to make sure I’m buying the right one.

These look beautiful in your garden.


Larissa, couldn’t you have glued it back together? I have been using Gorilla super glue to fix all the broken things I have around the house and garden. Many small planters that I just couldn’t bear to throw away. They will have a second life. Yes, you can see that they were broken, but when you cluster them together, it’s really not that noticeable. They still hold a plant and I love the look of a group of different pots showing off their greenery. But I do love the look of the crocks in the garden! All mine are inside except one. A HUGE 20 gallon that comes up to my thigh. Found at an estate sale in an area where they were keeping the trash. I asked and got it for $5. It had a fist-sized hole at the bottom. But it’s easily hidden by other items. An ornamental piece given by a friend makes a tabletop for it and plants are happy on top. It doesn’t fill up with water because the hole keeps it out.

It broke into many parts. With my kids in house I don’t want to chance it. Plus, I’m stoked to have a planter. I already have many crocks throughout my home and use only the damaged ones outside. This fit the bill perfectly. 🙂 You scored BIG on that 20 gallon crock. Wow! I have one for our pickles.

I am a longtime crock-lover, Larissa! I plant flowers in them every Spring. Nearly all of mine have cracks in them and if they eventually break I will now know to use them anyway like you have. Your little crock flower bed is so sweet. Thanks for sharing it and your philosphy of not discarding an item just because it’s a little banged up or broken.

A kindred spirit you are. 😀 Those cracks and such are what I love about their story. I also have new ones for my fermenting and so many in my home decor. Crocks rule! 😀

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