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Rope Planter Basket from a Garbage Can

Hi friends, I’m excited to join forces with a group of talented bloggers in a monthly series.  You know I like to save a buck where I can, and I’m a huge fan of thrift stores or any other thrifty place to buy stuff at huge discounts.  For my first project in this new group I’m going to show you how I made a Rope Planter Basket from an 80’s leather covered garbage can.

You’re going to love this project and how easy it is!  And you’ll also find a ton of inspiration in all the wonderful projects linked up below.  Be sure to out their projects by clicking on the images in the links at the bottom.

Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge

The Rules:

  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There’s no monthly theme.
  • There’s no budget to stick to.

Meet the Hosts

Amanda | The Kolb Corner    Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles    Kim | Made in a Day
Dru | Polka Dot Poplars    Erlene | My Pinterventures    Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek    Pili | Sweet Things
Shirley | Intelligent Domestications    Ann | Duct Tape and Denim    Debra | Shoppe No. 5    Marie | DIY Adulation
Chelsea | The Johnsons Plus Dog    Jes | My DIY Envy       Lindsay | Crazy Organized
Molly | Just a Little Creativity    Ashley | 3 Little Greenwoods    Kimm | Reinvented    Michelle | Our Crafty Mom
Ali | Home Crafts by Ali    Sue | A Purdy Little House   Sara | Twelve on Main
Claire | Pillar Box Blue     Chelc | Inside the Fox Den    Kim | Farmhouse Made       Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled
Sherry | Savvy Apron    Jennifer and Vicki | 2 Bees in a Pod    Lora | Craftivity Designs    Megan | C’mon Get Crafty
Denise | My Thrifty House    Toni | Girl, Just DIY    Deborah | Salvage Sister and Mister

Make sure you follow our board on Pinterest for more upcycled decor inspiration!

Last Summer I was in our local Hospice Thrift Store looking for a garbage can for our home office.  Of course I wanted one I could make over and was thrilled to I found this red-leather covered garbage can for $5.  It bet it was part of one of those executive sets with a matching pencil cup.

Turn an old garbage into a Rope Planter Basket as easy DIY decor for your houseplants.

It sat in the garage for many months before I finally decided what I wanted to do to give it a new updated look.

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Supplies to make your own Rope Planter

Rope Planter Basket – The Transformation

I had picked up a few packages of 1/4″ Manila Rope in 50 ft. lengths and when I saw it in the drawer I knew it would be perfect.  Along with my handy glue gun this was sure to be a quick transformation.

I set the garbage can on the counter to get started and here’s the easy steps I took so you can make yours:

  • Depending on the size of your basket you’ll need 1-2  packages of 50′ rope.
  • Apply hot glue to the rope with a low heat glue gun and press it against the side of the garbage can.
    • Low heat guns can save your fingers
  • Continue applying the glue continuously with very little gap until the bottom row is fully attached.

Glue gun attaching rope to Rope Planter Basket.

  • When you’re ready to start the second layer press it down tightly over the starting end of the rope.  This will ease into the second layer for a smooth look.
  • From that point forward apply the glue directly to the garbage can.  Secure it four or five times each rotation.

First two rows adding rope for Rope Planter Basket

  • At the very top row glue the rope all around the edge with very little gaps in the glue.

Almost done with Rope Planter Basket.

  • Glue one last layer of rope onto the very top.
  • Be sure to cut the end of the rope at an angle and push the ends into some dabs of glue so they don’t stick up.

Top finished Rope Planter Basket wrapped with rope

Give your basket a little trimming with scissors if it looks a little furry when you’re done.

That’s it, super easy right?  Now that it’s wrapped with rope it really has a Coastal feel to it, doesn’t it?  I don’t have much coastal decor in my home but I have made other projects that have that coastal vibe.

More Coastal Vibe ProjectsCoastal Coaster MakeoverBeachy Serving Tray
Seagrass Painted Rug

Rope Planter Basket – The Reveal

The faux ficus looks fantastic in the new rope Planter Basket by the window!

Closeup of Rope Planter Basket by window with houseplant.

Lovely!  And with the cost of the rope I think my new rope planter basket didn’t cost more than $10.

Rope Planter Basket by the window with a houseplant.

I hope you enjoyed learning to make a Rope Planter Basket and my first contribution to the series.  Don’t forget to pin it to your favorite Decor Board.

And please visit my friends’ projects below for more thrifty inspiration.

And now for more thrifty goodness!

Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!

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Monday 25th of February 2019

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Tuesday 14th of February 2017

Love this Toni! It looks stunning! What a fun idea. I'll have to try this too. What a beautiful project!

Toni Harvey

Friday 17th of February 2017

Thanks Carolann, it's amazing what a change a little rope makes. Industrial chic :)

leanne with

Monday 13th of February 2017

I love the rustic look of this! Great upcycle Toni!

Toni Harvey

Friday 17th of February 2017

I love the rustic against the traditional arm chair. Thanks for stopping by today :)

Marta McCue

Monday 13th of February 2017

I love this!! So cute and easy. Will have to try it!

Toni Harvey

Friday 17th of February 2017

Thanks Marta, you'll love it. I hope you share a pic with me when your project is done :)

sara s syrett

Monday 13th of February 2017

I love this! The rope looks so great on the trash can!

Toni Harvey

Friday 17th of February 2017

The transformation is amazing, right? Thanks for stopping by Sara!