Repurposed Planter ~ Patio Decor Refreshed

Summer is in high gear and soon we will be thinking about fall. (gasp…did I just say that?) But now, I am thoroughly enjoying all that summer has to offer. My favorite is especially the outdoor times and all there is to relish. Last week, I shared with you my curbside chest makeover and promised to show you what I would create with this wire holder thingy. After having it for a year trying to decide what to do with it, I finally settled on turning it into a repurposed planter. Yes, a planter.

Wire Holder Finds New Purpose with the Help of Prodigal Pieces |

So many of you guessed it was a canning jar lifter…nope. It doesn’t hold any of them as the openings are too small. Some suggested a glass holder from the 60’s, and that was my first guess too because of the design and rubber tips. You can see more of the same on Google. But…for the life of me, over a year I couldn’t find a single thrifted glass set to fit in those narrow openings.

I even tried upside down glass insulators…anything! I wasn’t going to give up on this cool thing I paid 25 cents for. tsk. It wasn’t until my friend, Mandy – my fellow curbside picker – found these tiny jelly molds in the trash. She knows I love a good trashure find and am always looking for fun things to add to my shop.

Vintage Jelly Mold Repurposed into Planter by Prodigal Pieces |

I was stoked to get them and was going to turn them into candles as I do many things like this. However, when it dawned on my that they fit into this glass holder I was beside myself!  A happy dance I did… tee hee!

My first intent was to fill them with bird seed and turn it into a bird feeder with different treats for our feathered friends. It wasn’t until I spied these teeny tiny succulents on sale at the store, that I decided a repurposed planter would be sweet for my patio. Remember the faux bird feeder succulent planter I just created? These will go perfectly with it.

Assortment of Miniature Succulents for Repurposed Planter by Prodigal Pieces |

Aren’t they cute? I couldn’t resist them! I may eventually use this repurposed planter as a bird feeder in the winter, but for now, it will be for my patio. As all good moms do, I borrowed my kids mud bar to use as my potting table and got them all set up.

Filling Repurposed Jelly Molds with Succulents and Soil | Prodigal Pieces |

Now they’re ready to rock ‘n roll with my patio design.

Succulents in Repurposed Planter on Patio by Prodigal Pieces |

Repurposed Planter with Miniature Succulents | Prodigal Pieces |

The remaining jelly molds became useful on my DIY faux fireplace for candle holders. These things are a treat!

Rustic Patio with Succulents and Faux Fireplace by Prodigal Pieces |

You can imagine how happy we are to have our patio for our first summer. I am having fun adding things here and there. You see how we did it built it all by hand HERE.

DIY Patio Design with Pergola, Curtains, and Repurposed Furniture by Prodigal Pieces |

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I recently replaced our sofa with this all-weather wicker set because my kids broke the arm off the old one this past winter. The set came from Amazon and I couldn’t be happier with it!

Large Harvest Table with Benches for Patio Dining | Prodigal Pieces |

We enjoy our meals out here, visiting with family and friends, or just long talks.

Rustic Patio with DIY Pergola, Dining, and Entertaining Area by Prodigal Pieces |

Seating Area with Outdoor Curtains on Pergola by Prodigal Pieces |

It’s fun to think outside the box when it comes to decorating. Being thrifty and making use of most anything is unique and adds contrast to your home. I would love it if you would pin and share my repurposed planter to encourage others to do try to see objects in a different light. I truly believe your home can be full of wonderful things without having to buy it at a box store or breaking the bank. Thank you! ♥

How to Freshen Up Your Outdoor Decor with Repurposed Planters and Succulents by Prodigal Pieces |

Next up, I’ll be sharing with a few other additions I’m adding to our outdoor area. But, coming up first is this gorgeous vintage Dixie dresser that is ready for a makeover. Head HERE to see the after!
Dixie Dresser Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

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Come see what other repurposed projects I’ve worked on:

How to Update an Outdated Dresser | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comVintage Soda Crate Repurposed into Foot Stool by Prodigal Pieces |

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  • Debrashoppeno5

    Very nice, I’m still curious about its former life but you did a great job in creating a planter out of it.

    July 14, 2016 at 6:55 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks. I think you’ll agree to it’s origin if you check here.

      July 14, 2016 at 7:04 am Reply
      • Debrashoppeno5

        Yes, I see it now. I don’t remember any quite like yours but we had the album or record holders and the glassware holders. And now I am showing my age:) I like your interpretation, it is by far more useful and so pretty on your table.

        July 14, 2016 at 7:03 pm Reply
        • Larissa

          Yes, I had one of those album holders too. Thanks, Debra!

          July 16, 2016 at 2:24 pm Reply
      • Nicole

        It reminds me of the old jam holders I’d see in a country cafe. ?

        September 4, 2016 at 1:33 am Reply
        • Larissa

          I thought that too! So fun to reinvent uses for old things. 🙂

          September 4, 2016 at 6:38 am Reply
  • Mary-the boondocks blog

    Your repurposed planter is nice but the outdoor space is stunning. It seems to look better each time you show it. Nice new outdoor seating unit too!! Enjoy!

    July 14, 2016 at 8:49 am Reply
    • Larissa

      ahh…we love it! Thank you so much, Mary. We love to improve any way we can. 🙂

      July 14, 2016 at 12:38 pm Reply
  • Yvonne Culpepper

    So you still have the Royal Crown cola footstool for sale? Price? I would love to buy it for my hubby!

    July 14, 2016 at 1:00 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m sorry, it sold rather quickly. Guess I need to update my post. 🙂

      July 16, 2016 at 2:23 pm Reply
  • Kim

    ‘Afternoon. Your planter is just adorable. I love the little molds. I have a bunch of them now I just have to find a holder. Hope you’re feeling better. It seems when you catch a bug in the summer it takes twice as long to feel good again. Relax (ha ha) as much as you can and enjoy your peaceful yard. Peace & Love Kim

    July 14, 2016 at 4:46 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      They look cute even free-standing too. Yes, summer illness is never fun. Thanks for the love!

      July 16, 2016 at 2:24 pm Reply
  • Joyce @ QN

    It sure looks better as a succulent planter than I imagine it would as a tumbler holder as some suggested it may have been. Very nice patio you’ve got going on!

    July 14, 2016 at 5:31 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I think so too. More fun this way. Thanks!

      July 16, 2016 at 2:24 pm Reply
  • Marie, The Interior Frugalista

    Seriously girl, only you would come up with a way to pair a mystery metal thingy and old mini jello molds into something totally fabulous!!!? Your outdoor space is so inviting too! Hope you’re feeling better soon. xo

    July 14, 2016 at 8:42 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      hahaha…you made my day, Marie! Thank you for the well-wishes. I’m doing better now. 🙂

      July 16, 2016 at 2:25 pm Reply
  • Ivory

    Very niceeeeeee!

    July 16, 2016 at 1:24 pm Reply
  • Maggie Kimble

    Your mystery thingie is a condiment, syrup, or jelly holder from a diner back in the 50s, 60s, or 70s. The handle on top made it portable and held menus or “daily special” sheets.

    February 12, 2017 at 7:32 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Yep, I guess it so, but thought it fun to throw around ideas. I remember them from an old dive my parent’s would take us to when I was very young.

      February 13, 2017 at 9:20 am Reply
  • Cheryl B

    Do you have plans for the pergola we want to “attempt” one this spring .I just love the fireplace.its just to much.I would have never thought of it.Great idea

    March 9, 2017 at 10:59 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Cheryl, we just used the hardware recommended for our length and then built it to fit. I have seen many tutorials on Pinterest and YouTube. 😉

      March 13, 2017 at 8:32 pm Reply
  • Maggie

    Wow! Your back outdoor living space (it’s far too beautiful to be called a patio!) makes me swoon!!! It just goes to prove one can make anything out of almost any space. I love the warmth and coziness you’ve created with your backyard!!

    May 24, 2019 at 11:33 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You are so fun, Maggie. Thank you! We just love our space.

      May 25, 2019 at 5:35 am Reply

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