Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project- making a flowering seat.
Spring had sprung in Australia and we’ve been doing the annual spring clean for a few weeks now.
Part of the process is getting rid of things or transforming them, that are no longer useful.
If you read my post Trash to Treasure, It’s Easy, you’ll get some great tips for transforming things you cannot bear to part with.
For me this year it was a silly, broken chair.
The thing about that chair that had been sitting in storage for a few years was that my sons had sat on it while studying for important school exams, such as the School Certificate and High School Certificate.
It has history and memories of the days when this house was bursting with the loud voices and music of teenage boys.
How could I possibly part with it?
A year ago I put it outside in readiness to put on the footpath for a council collection. I just kept finding reasons not to leave it out.
Now, a broken chair just looks like rubbish, no matter how many memories it holds.
So I decided to make it pretty by turning it into a flowering seat and transform it into something useful and worthy of keeping.
HOW TO MAKE A FLOWERING SEAT
Chair – it’s best to opt for a wooden one. You’ll need an angle grinder if you use a metal chair, and a saw for a plastic chair.
- Box cutters
- Wire Cutters
- Pot with a rim
- Potting Soil
- The first thing to do is choose a pot that will fit on your chair seat. I opted for one with a narrow bottom that gets wider towards the top. You need a pot with a rim to ensure it doesn’t fall straight through the chair.
- To measure where to cut on the seat, wind wire around the pot, under the rim and twist the ends together.
- Use this wire template and a marker to draw a circle on your seat.
- Cut the circle out of your seat, using box cutters.
- Remove the stuffing and springs and discard.
- Fill your pot with desired flowering plants and potting soil. TIP: I over filled my pot to make it look extra colourful. As the plants grow, I’ll transplant some of them into the garden, if necessary.
- Place the pot in the hole you created and gently tap it down. I used a rubber mallet to do this so I would crack the pot. You want the pot to fit snugly as it will settle further with time.
Once the little plants grow they will overflow from the pot on the remains of the seat.
Enjoy your flowering seat.
I hope you enjoyed this craft. If you did, let me know in the comments. You might also enjoy How to Make a Garden Goddess.
Happing planting and have a glamorous week, Tamuria.
Rachel LavernSeptember 30, 2016 at 8:03 am
I have created flowering seat projects by accident. I do a lot of container gardening AND have several chairs in my backyard,
tamuriaOctober 2, 2016 at 10:36 am
I love it when plants ‘take over’ a bit in the garden.