Fancy Vintage Planter Made from Thrift Store Finds

I’m excited to be a part of this month’s Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Scroll down to read about the Challenge, and see how this project evolved!





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    Kim | Made in a Day
Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled    Pili | Sweet Things
Debra | Shoppe No. 5    Jeannee | Shepherds and Chardonnay    Sue | A Purdy Little House
Kimm | Reinvented    Ann | Duct Tape and Denim    Kathleen | Our Hopeful Home 
Dru | Polka Dot Poplars    Toni | Small Home Soul     Angela | Simply Beautiful by Angela
 Michelle | Our Crafty Mom    Marie | DIY Adulation    Chelsea | Making Manzanita
Michelle | Michelle James Designs     Denise | My Thrifty House    Sara | Twelve on Main
Molly | Just a Little Creativity    Chelc | Inside the Fox Den
Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek    Florence | Vintage Southern Picks

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Fancy Vintage Planter Made from Thrift Store Finds


One day recently I was in the Salvation Army Thrift Store to see if I could find something…ANYTHING to inspire me for the monthly Thrift Store Challenge. I’m a part of a group of DIY’ing bloggers, so I want my project to be worthwhile.


The rules are simple: transform a thrift store find, yard sale find, or resale store find into a new piece of decor. No theme to stick to and no budget.


Wouldn’t you know it…I couldn’t find a darn thing! Doesn’t Murphy’s Law say, when you’re looking for it, you can’t find it?? Out of the store empty-handed! All you like-minded shoppers know exactly what I mean.


A few days later, I drove across town to another Thrift Store I like, but don’t go to often because of the distance. I found mostly things for my Etsy shop, but nothing to repurpose. And THEN……I SAW it!


Finding the Thrift Store Treasure~


It was pricey, but at 30%-off-day, I got a beauty for $4.19.


I fell in love…and knew what I wanted to do…




This is wire and metal with a perfectly chippy look! You can see in the bottom photo that it is actually a sconce to hang on the wall like this! (below)



The Repurpose Plan


Simple. Hang it upside down and put a trailing plant in its little “tray”… (the top of the sconce).


Off to the nursery….


Since I live in the Deep South, planting season is over because it’s so darn hot. Nobody is in the mood for outdoor gardening! So it was slim pickings at the plant place, but I found exactly what I was looking for….”Creeping Jenny,” my favorite trailing plant. $3.74 for a little pot.


And then as I was walking past one of my junky piles at home, I spied a funky gold thing I’ve had in my stash for a whole year. I’d been pondering how to use it.




I’m talking about that gold thing on the bottom. I found it at a Thrift Store in Maryville, Tennessee. I think I paid 99¢.


These were part of my “Smoky Mountain Pickin'” haul…a bunch of fabulous vintage finds from a year ago with a little history of the abandoned town of Elkmont in the Smokies.


I’ve seen the gold thing repurposed into a cute necklace holder, so I planned to do that and list in my Etsy shop, but I never got around to it.


So what does this have to do with the sconce? I’ll tell you…I had a light bulb moment! Let’s put the gold thing on the bottom of the sconce to decorate it and add a bit of extra oomph! I got busy spray painting it white.




And by the way, here’s the “Cheapskate Picker’s” cheapskate spray painting station~




I asked hubby to drill a hole in the masonry for me, and here it is!


The Finished Fancy Planter


The Fancy Vintage Planter


Don’t you think this would have been a bajillion dollars at Pottery Barn or Ikea??


And with the trailing tendrils of Creeping Jenny….




View from the driveway~




I’m so proud of the new fancy planter!


About Creeping Jenny


As you can see, it’s a pretty trailing plant, and ground cover. Though it looks delicate, it’s actually hardy and versatile if you give it plenty of water. During the Summer, I water and mist its leaves twice a day, and it’s thriving! I thought it was a shade-loving plant, and it is, but it also does well in sun. It’s easy to root, too, if you want to propagate. Just snip some tendrils and stick in water.


Hope you liked the fancy vintage planter made from thrift store finds!


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Fancy Vintage Planter Made from Thrift Store Finds for the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge
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As an experienced online seller for 19 years, I've just begun to reveal some of my selling secrets. In my Vintage Finds posts, I show what I buy for resale, and sell for. Because many items are vintage and need TLC, I show these DIY's, and how I refurbish to sell. I love picking, junking, thrifting, and shabby chic style.

68 comments on Fancy Vintage Planter Made from Thrift Store Finds

  1. Your planter looks great! I like Creeping Jenny, too. I like how the leaves are so tiny and how it trails down — and I live in hot-hot-hot Savannah, GA. You are so creative to think of how the pieces would fit together (a light-bulb moment?). I like the white spray-paint job, too. Kudos on a unique and attractive result!
    Carol (“Mimi”) from Home with Mimi

    1. Thank you so much Mimi! I love the Creeping Jenny, and I live in Alabama, so I got plenty of heat, just like you! Yes it was definitely a light bulb moment for me! Thanks for dropping by to comment!!

  2. What a vision to combine those finds together, because they look as if they were meant to be one and to be used as a planter. Don’t say it too loud, Ikea or Pottery Barn may be listening.

  3. How ingenious! You really hit a home run with this one:) I’ve never heard of creeping jenny but now I want to get some. It looks great in your beautiful new planter, perfect!
    xo Kathleen|Our Hopeful Home

  4. This looks great! Watch out because you might see these all over the popular stores next Summer! The creeping jenny looks great in it too. Hardy plants are my kind of plants 🙂

  5. Your project was great. I’m in Maine and I’ve never seen creeping Jenny. I think your sconce thing originally had a glass shelf on it to make a shelf to go with the candle sconces; those 2 pieces sure went together well. It would be pretty at Christmas with greenery in it, too! I.n bew to this aspect of DIY and I see that it will take me some practice to think outside the box!

    1. Thank you Kathy! I was thinking the same thing too…that the sconce probably had a glass shelf at one time. Thank you for the comment about “being new to this DIY thing.” I STILL try to think outside the box myself…you have to train yourself I think. It’s not natural for me either.

  6. I just love it when all the gears in someones head click together and a light bulb moment happens. Your planter turned out so beautifully Florence. The sconce and the gold thingy where meant to be together. Beautiful

    P.S. I have a Cheapskate spray booth just like yours 😉

  7. Florence, This turned out so charming!! I did have to smile when I saw it because I have the same old Home Interiors shelves that you used for the base, in my Powder Room!! Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and to leave such a kind comment!!

  8. Well doggoned it, your upcycle turned out pretty spiffy I’d say. Little spray paint and imagination and you’re good to go. love plant you used. Wonder if they have those here in western CO. Is so darned hot and dry here so many plants can’t handle it.
    Your project looks nice hanging on wall, great redo.
    We lived in KY for 5 yrs., summers were 100 degrees and 100% humidity, the natives complained. For somebody that had lived in dry climates for years didn’t handle it too well, have arthritis, allergies and asthma.
    Enjoy your Sunday

    1. Why JaneEllen, thank you so much for the kind words!! I have no idea if this would live in CO…probably would….just give it water! You know, I live in Alabama, so I know all about heat & humidity! Are your allergies & arthritis really better out there in the dryer climate? I’ve heard it’s so, but always wondered. I have the same ailments!

  9. Florence I love the way you have these light bulb moments. This came out so unique and no you would never find it in Ikea and if you did at Pottery Barn it would cost an arm and a leg. So you are a genius by coming up with such an original idea for a planter. The plant is also very pretty!

  10. Wow Florence, this turned out beautiful. You are very creative. Now that is a way to showcase a pretty plant.


  11. I love this, and have the perfect spot for something like this on my patio. I could also kick myself in the butt because last week we stopped at a church sale and they had a wire wall planter that I could of used to make something similar to this but I didn’t buy it.

    1. Oh, bummer Linda that you didn’t pick up the similar thing at the church sale. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve done that. I should be black & blue from how many times I’ve kicked myself!

  12. I think those two thrifted pieces were made to go together Florence. Your new planter looks totally fabulous… a job well done!
    Thank you for linking up at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I’m delighted to be featuring this project at tonight’s party and pinning too.

  13. Florence, I love how you married the two items together to make the planter, so pretty and brilliant. I also love Creeping Jenny and have some in my back yard. I want to test plant it on a steep hillside and see if it can help keep the weeds down.

    1. Thank you Toni! I’m just learning about Creeping Jenny too. I bet they would help with your weeds. I saw some used recently on a pathway at an estate sale. They were so pretty, and there wasn’t a weed in it that I saw.

  14. Florence, this project turned out wonderfully. I loved that you showcased Creeping Jenny in your fancy vintage planter. Thank you for sharing at Snickerdoodle and I am featuring your planter at Saturday’s party!

  15. I love your up-cycle! It’s perfect by your door. I’ll have to look for the plant too. It’s hotter than you know what here in central Fl now too. Any plant other than a weed that can handle the heat is a winner in my book!

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