Yes, that’s a super-expensive Vitamix blender pitcher that finally cracked (it’s too embarrassing to tell you why, but I assure you it was because of Reasons).
No, I could not stand to simply toss it away, even after it spit something like a half-gallon of hot tomato soup onto the counter before I figured out it was broken.
Instead, I did what I do with every single even vaguely container-shaped piece of junk that needs a second life around here–I turned it into a planter!
The process is so easy that yes, you, too, should be turning every single even vaguely container-shaped piece of junk into a planter. Think about how much sturdier your piece of junk is than a chippy terra cotta pot, and how much more eco-friendly than a brand-new plastic pot.
And think about how roomy that beautiful broken blender pitcher is. So much space for strawberries!
Tools and Supplies
Here’s what you need to plant strawberries or anything else that delights you, in your own broken blender pitcher:
- old jar lid (optional: see Step #1 to see if you’ll need one)
- potting mix
1. Prepare the blender to be water-tight.
Blender pitchers have their blade attachment at the bottom. Generally, this won’t be a problem, and in fact, it’s even easier to turn your blender pitcher into a planter if you keep the blades installed.
However, this is my super-expensive Vitamix blender pitcher that we’re talking about here. I saved up a LONG time to buy that baby, and I sure ain’t dropping a ton more money for another entire brand-new pitcher! Instead, my partner removed the blade attachment from this broken pitcher and installed it in the new pitcher that I bought to replace it. It was still pricey as heck, but way less expensive than buying the complete replacement pitcher with the blades included.
So if you, too, have removed the blade attachment from your blender pitcher, making the pitcher water-tight again is as easy as scavenging an old jar lid that is larger than the hole but smaller than the bottom of your blender. Set the lid over the hole and you’re done. If you want to be perfectly safe, use epoxy glue to adhere the lid in place, but since the next step is going to be filling something like half this pitcher with rocks, all that weight will also keep the lid in place.
2. Add a layer of rocks.
This depends on the plant, of course, but it’s likely that your blender pitcher is far deeper than necessary. Instead of wasting a LOT of potting soil in that space, fill up what you don’t need with rocks.
Some really cute options would be river rocks, broken pottery pieces, shells, even aquarium gravel if you’ve got it, but I am flat out of cute rocks and such and so honestly, I just scooped up some of the gravel off of my driveway.
Whatever. Pretend like it was a thoughtful aesthetic choice.
3. And then you plant!
I’m so in love with the transparency of this planter. Look at what pretty layers the rocks and potting soil make–even prettier if you add that aquarium gravel or shells or pottery shards! I’m also loving the fact that it’s got a handle, making it easy for me to move around; add just the right bracket, and you could also hang it or mount it somewhere fun.
Want to know what else you can upcycle into a planter? Check out these other vaguely container-shaped pieces of junk that I’ve used!
- Chair planter. This is a great choice for one of those outdoor chairs that probably wasn’t meant to live outdoors and now it’s falling apart.
- Shower caddy planter. I love these because they’re easy to attach to a fence railing!
- Broken coffee mug planter. A broken coffee mug planter is the perfect container to pop an herb in and set in a sunny kitchen window.
- Metal tin planter. This is probably the easiest piece of junk to upcycle into a planter, simply because this is probably the piece of junk that you have the most of.
- Mesh produce bag planter. Here’s another great planter to try, since those mesh produce bags otherwise go straight into the trash.
- Milk carton planter. Milk cartons make insanely awesome planters, because they’re designed to be both light and water-tight.
- Wine bottle planter. A wine bottle planter takes more work to make, but that self-watering business is LEGIT.
- Mason jar planter. Fun fact: instead of using my real Mason jars, which I use for canning, I really like to upcycle those spaghetti sauce jars that are embossed to look like Mason jars.
Do you have a favorite piece of junk that makes a GREAT planter? Tell me about it in the Comments below!