Upcycle an old shutter

Upcycle an old, weathered shutter (you can get these at salvage shops) by turning it into an eye-catching pot plant holder

  • Estimated time: Two hours
  • Estimated cost: R1 000 (this shutter from The Yard in Kensington cost R750)


What you’ll need:

  • Containers
  • Stones and potting soil
  • Plants of your choice
  • Wire and wire cutters
  • Old shutter
  • Pliers

Step 1:

Line the bottom of a container with stones or pottery shards to assist in proper drainage.

Step 2:

Fill the container halfway with potting soil. Transfer your chosen plant into the pot, fill with more soil, pressing it firmly around the plant.

Step 3:

Measure out a piece of wire so that it goes around the pot and under the lip, leaving enough wire on the ends to fasten it onto the shutter. Then twist the wire until it fits snugly around the pot creating a hoop-like holder. Slide it off the pot.

Step 4:

Attach your wire pot holder to the shutter using a pair of pliers to twist the ends around one of the slats then tightening it at the back until secure.

Step 5:

Slot your pot into the wire holder. Repeat this process with more pots, spacing them evenly on the shutter; an odd number works best. Water them regularly.