Creative Reuse: Sink Planter

By Aliza Heeren, Marketing and High Performance Building Fellow

Are you looking for a creative way to spruce up your garden? Do you love upcycling? We have the perfect project for you! We turned this old pastel sink into a beautiful garden planter in just a few easy steps.

Materials: 

  • An old sink
  • Duct Tape
  • Scissors
  • Soil
  • Compost (optional, but will help your plants grow!)
  • Flowers
  • Water

Steps:

  1. Pick out your sink

You can do this project with an old sink that you have lying around your house, or you can purchase a used sink and help keep waste out of the landfill! We got ours from EcoBuilding Bargains for only $25! They have a wide variety of pastel sinks available. We chose this pretty pink sink because it went best with the rest of our garden.

  1. Cover the drain

The next step is to cover the bottom drain of the sink with some duct tape. This way soil will not fall out of your planter when you are transporting it. However, it is very important that you poke a few holes in the tape to allow for proper drainage.

 

  1. Fill with soil

We filled about three quarters of our sink planter with regular garden soil, and then topped it off with some of our home made compost! Adding compost as the top layer will help make sure your flowers get all of the nutrients that they need to be healthy and flourish. If you want to learn more about making your own compost, see our blog on vermicomposting!

 

  1. Plant!

The last step is filling your planter with whatever plants or flowers you wish. We chose marigolds, as they like a lot of sun, and went well with our pastel pink sink!

 

To see us making this project in action, watch our segment on Mass Appeal 22 News.

Be sure to follow us on Instagram to stay up to date on all of our latest upcycling projects!

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