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Upcycled Whiskey Barrel Planter

You know you’re a rare sort when you see your neighbor has set out trash that contains old wood wand metal and your pulse quickens. haha. At the time, I was headed down the street as my daughter was driving to get hours in for her license. I gasped and called my husband to go grab them. He replied, “they’re broken?” I just gave a tsk…and said, “anddddd???”  How about I show you the vision I had for this upcycled whiskey barrel planter?

Old Whiskey Barrel Planter Found Curbside by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Truth be told, there were two of these set out. This one wasn’t in as great of shape as the other. However, the other looked fair enough that I could plant my oregano in it. I don’t know about you, but I think there’s nothing better than fresh greens and herbs straight from your own yard.

Whiskey Planter Full of Oregano | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #garden #gardening #herbs

Oregano Herb Planter in Backyard Garden by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Today is Trash to Treasure Tuesday where my blogger friends and I share our latest builds, makeovers, and finds to inspire you. You’ll see their posts in a bit. Meanwhile, the second planter wasn’t looking so hot. I could mess with it and plant it too, but I truly wanted to upcycle those staves and rings into something more. Challenge accepted.

DIY TIME

First, for the second upcycled barrel, I’m finishing it off. With a good whack of my hammer, I bust out the rotting bottom and it falls apart easily.

Busted Upcycled Whiskey Barrel Planter | prodigalpieces.com

Does this look like trash? Maybe to some, but to me it’s #trashure. Beautiful wood with patina, and those rusty rings…yessss….

After I sorted through that pile, here’s how I have separated the pieces. However, at this point I have an idea of what I want to do, but am playing with design and how to bring it to fruition. In my noggin’ I want to create as many totes as I can. Do you see it?

Pile of Upcycled Whiskey Barrel Staves | prodigalpieces.com

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ASSEMBLY

First, I begin grabbing a few pieces of scrap wood left over from my garden shed remodel. Then, I measure the staves in length, and also height to how high I want the tote to be. I use my circular saw and my Rip-Cut Jig to cut them down.

Rip Cut Jig on Circular Saw for Making Wood Cuts | prodigalpieces.com

To shorten them I use my miter saw. While I could have easily done the cutting on my table saw, I wanted to show you that you don’t need huge power tools to get the job done. I cut one for the bottom, and two shorter pieces the same width as the bottom for the sides.

Then, I used my drill to pre-drill holes and attach the saves to my scrap wood box. Now it’s time to make a handle for my upcycled whiskey barrel tote. I used a metal cutting blade on my jig saw to cut the barrel rings in half.

Cut Barrel Ring for Upcycled Whiskey Tote | prodigalpieces.com

Last, to attach the cut rings to the tote, I use my drill and self-drilling metal screws. At any rate, it’s fairly simple and straightforward.

ONE MORE THING

Before I show you my completed totes, there’s one more ring I need to make use of. I could just build another tote, but I had a few narrow staves left over and want to use them in a different form. First, I trace the inside of the barrel ring onto a piece of scrap plywood. Then, I set my jig saw at a 15° angle so that it makes a slight taper inward to match the angle of the ring.

Angled Jig Saw Blade for Cutting | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Here is my cut inserted into the ring for a test run. Next, I need to add a bit of character.

Upcycled Whiskey Barrel Ring with Wood Insert | prodigalpieces.com

I set up my circular saw to do a shallow cut across the circle to make a planking effect. Isn’t that fun?

Cutting Wood Insert for Barrel Ring | prodigalpieces.com

THE REVEAL

Finally, all my projects are complete and I’m ready to share my creations. Here’s my barrel ring art in finished form.

Handmade Upcycled Whiskey Barrel Dove Art by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #home #farmhouse #homedecor #diy #art

Reclaimed Wood Art from Upcycled Whiskey Barrel Ring & Staves by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #home #homedecor #diy #reclaimed #art

It’s definitely rustic and full of patina. I’m smitten with weathered wood and rusted steel. You can’t recreate that for anything, though you can come close.

Handmade Rustic Farmhouse Art with Dove by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #art #home #homedecor

Last, but not least, here are my four upcycled whiskey barrel totes. Two of them are larger size and are perfect for most any spot inside or out. I’ve tucked a bit of firewood in and have it on my family room fireplace.

Fireplace Wood Tote made from Upcycled Whiskey Barrel Planter by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #home #livingroom #homedecor

Reclaimed Whiskey Barrel Tote by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #reclaimed #farmhouse #home #homedecor

If you look close, you can see how I flipped each stave to give it a woven effect. While the tote can be used for wood, it can also serve as a centerpiece, or even a planter in different form.

Upcycled Farmhouse Barrel Tote Created by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homedecor

Reclaimed Farmhouse Tote by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #farmhouse #homedecor

Likewise, here is a medium size one used for gathering a few of my sunflowers from my garden. Aren’t they the happiest things? It looks like they are smiling all the time.

Rustic Farmhouse Sunflower Tote by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #sunflower #summer #diy #farmhouse

Upcycled Whiskey Barrel Tote by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #handmade #home #homedecor

I hope have fun seeing what I create with my trash. haha. Likewise, if you’d like to own one of my totes, you can find them available in my online shop. (art has sold)

Shop Prodigal Pieces Furniture, Vintage Finds, Handmade Goods, & Supplies for your home | shop.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Homegrown sunflowers by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #sunflowers #garden #home

Also, pin and share my upcycled whiskey barrel fun. Inspire others to take what is “trash” and turn it into something more.

An upcycled whiskey barrel planter makes for fun, rustic home decor | See the details by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #home #farmhouse #rustic #homedecor #diy

NEXT

Up next, to keep with the barrel theme this week, I’ll be giving my rain barrel a much needed update. See the new look in my next post HERE.

DIY Rain Barrel Before by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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Comments

  1. Rebecca - NC says

    These look amazing!!! You are so very clever!!! What a talent!! I’m sure your kids learn so much by watching and helping! What a great thing!!😊❤️

    • Larissa says

      So fun! Thank you for the smile. Yes, they do love helping and seeing where my crazy mind takes us. haha!

  2. Christy James says

    I love how your mind works, Larissa! So totally creative!! This was a fun one!! XOXO

    • Larissa says

      This was great therapy and break from our remodel. I got all my building buggers out. haha!

  3. dodie says

    very cool updates with those barrels

  4. Darlene says

    Great use of something that was being thrown away. I have a tote I love that I bought At a flea market years ago. It is made out of old pine and the handle is old barb wire fencing. The barbs Are clipped off and it probably was welded to make it stiff. Painted black and it is beautiful.

    • Larissa says

      That’s so neat! I love this kinda thing over box store decor any day.

  5. Janet J Schen says

    Oh my goodness! I love the dove wall hanging! And the totes, too! I have some rings from a couple of barrels but most of the wood got thrown away unbeknownst to me! I was able to hide the rings in the shed and a few of the staves in my shed waiting for something to do with them! You always figure out the best things to make with trash! Thank you for the ideas!

    • Larissa says

      aww…how fun!! Thank you so much, Janet. I truly enjoyed creating and sharing with you all. You sound like me! tee hee!

  6. ColleenB.~Tx. says

    You are so very creative and great inspiration. I think your mind must work overtime All the time.
    I have barrel rings but for the wood; it just crumbled to pieces so it all had to be thrown away but I do have some old pallet wood that could be used for me to get my juices flowing and get something made using the rings before hubby decides to throw them away. (right now I have them rings hidden so he can’t get his hands on them) :}
    Have a great day and a wonderful week.

    • Larissa says

      Too funny that you have to hide them, Colleen. 😀 I’m sure you’ll find an awesome use for them.

  7. Marie says

    Very sweet trash to treasure upcycle, Larissa. I bet hubby was impressed with your vision for the broken barrels.

    • Larissa says

      Thank you so much, Marie. He actually didn’t say a thing.

  8. Joanne H says

    The totes are great. I love weathered wood and rusty metal. Fun to see how your mind works to create treasures out of trash.

    • Larissa says

      Thank you, Joanne. I just love saving what’s still useful from the landfill and at least offering an idea to folks so they can do the same.

  9. Becky says

    Ooo, I love the totes! You can NEVER HAVE TOO MANY TOTES!!! 😁
    You’d think husbands would start to catch on to the fact that there is very little REAL trash in this world… poor guys. 😉

    • Larissa says

      You speak my language, Becky. haha. Yes! Especially my guy.

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