Monday, October 14, 2013

How to turn a broken ash bucket into a fall planter

Don't you just hate when somebody breaks something, but doesn't tell you? Inevitably when I find out I end up blaming the most likely suspect....but I'm sometimes wrong. That is exactly what happened to my ash bucket last week.

The chilly weather snuck in out of nowhere and I decided I should light a fire in the bedroom fireplace to chase the chill away. The fireplace had some dust from being closed up all summer so I needed the ash bucket to clean the fireplace out. I called youngest son and ask him to bring me said bucket from the shed. He does, so I clean the fireplace out and light a fire. The room warms up and everything goes back to normal. This should be the end of the story, right? Except a few days later when I pick up the bucket to empty it, I notice bits of dust flaking out of the bucket. Upon further inspection I find something out pretty quickly. The ash bucket is broken. I'm talking caved in on one side crushed! I carefully carry it outside, being careful not to spill the ashes and set it down to worry about later. I'm pretty mad at youngest son at this point! I am sure that he yanked it out of wherever it ended up during the summer and broke it.....but didn't tell me. *sigh* Kids!

busted ash bucket


I fume for a bit, but it wasn't till I was talking to hubby the next day that I got some insight into the problem. I tell him that I'm going up to the store to buy a new one because it's broke and he tells me that HE ran into it with the quad. Really??? I was so close to punishing the youngest...and even if he had denied it, I wouldn't have believed him! *sigh* Well, I still need a new one but I hate to waste something so I start brainstorming on how to reuse this ash bucket and I came up with this:

recycled bucket, flowers

 I simply filled it with fresh compost and dirt, then added some volunteer flower plants that had popped up in the gardens. I also put some flamingo feather plants (which never grow very big for me!) and an extra marigold that wasn't very big yet. I wrapped some Dollar Tree ribbon around the base and taped it down. I then cut it off the spool and made the rest into a ribbon for the handle. It was super easy and I used all extra plants that had been in random places throughout the farm. It looks super cute and matches the farmhouse decor here perfectly! 

I love coming up with new uses for old or broken stuff. It keeps me from feeling guilty about throwing something out, plus I think it looks super-cute!

~L

12 comments:

  1. What a perfect planter. And since it's crushed on one side, you could even hang it on a door or fence!

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    1. Oh, what a great idea! I might try that. Thanks!


      ~L

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  2. Thanks for linking this wonderful post up to my “Themed Blog & Shop Hop!”
    Angie
    godsgrowinggarden.com

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  3. Very cute! I have one tipped over in the garden and I plant flowers so they look as though they are spilling out of it. It's so easy to assume that the kids do it. I'm glad you found out how it happened. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Sounds cute! I may have to try that next year!

      ~L

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  4. I love repurposing! Great Idea!
    Thanks for sharing your post at the HomeAcre Hop!
    Sandra
    http://www.mittenstatesheepandwool.com

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  5. This is beautiful! Thank you for sharing this with us at the HomeAcre Hop. We'd love to have you back again tomorrow!

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  6. That is beautiful...but I am glad my ash bucket is not broken :)

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    1. I'm just glad I didn't too many get ashes everywhere! lol

      ~L

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  7. Cool transformation. I used to have one. Wish I still did. I linked with Farm Girl too! Mines a little different though! Come visit me.

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