Flower planter … from CAKE!

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When Mr. Thrive asked if I wanted anything for Mother’s Day, I told him “no” and meant it. The whole go-get-a-camera-thing was more than enough, thankyouverymuch. 

But our front porch has been looking a little nekkid …


... and seeing all those beautiful Mother’s Day flowers everywhere got me thinking.

So I marched down to Lowe’s with a little bit of birthday money--just enough to buy a dozen or so of the cheapest, ugliest clearance flowers and hope that a ton of Miracle Grow and a break in our screwy weather might just bring them back to life.


But as it turns out, spending those few bucks on flowers meant that I had roughly
to spend on an actual pot to put them in.

What a surprise.

So there was only one thing left to do:
Grab some cake and get to work!


This was beyond easy:

wash, prime, paint, drill. 


** I used BROWN because its what I had on hand, but I’m already wanting to repaint this a bright spring color like purple or yellow. Textured spray paint would look great, too. **

And since I didn’t have a bunch of extra soil laying around and didn’t want this planter to get too heavy, I filled the bottom third of my “planter” with left over packing peanuts.


Pop in plants, water and Voila!


A quick, FREE planter from the ghost of birthday cake pasts.

And for a drip tray?

The base of the dome works great.


My front porch is so much happier now.


And while my planter flowers may look a little sad and sparse up close, I know that they can push back against damage from heat, hail and frost to THRIVE once more. 


And this fun little cake cover-turned planter reminds me that thriving is a choice every time I look at it. 


So is your yard or porch needing some color?

Short on materials, money or both? 

No problem. 

Just have some dessert, lick clean the container and get painting!

Now if I could just get that Welcome mat cleaned off …


Have fun Rockin’ What Ya Got~

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  1. Love it! You are sooooo gosh darn creative!! and your flowers will be nice and full in no time.

  2. What a great idea! You should totally spray paint that rug a fun spring color instead of painting over your new planter!

  3. Awesome Nike! Never would have thought of that. You'll have to tell us how well the pot actually fairs through the hades-hot summer months. And those packing-peanuts??!!! Where do you get these ideas?! Amazing!

  4. When I clicked on this link from Tatertots and Jello, I wasn't surprised to find out this genius craft on your blog. You come up with the coolest things. Thrive on!

  5. this is a great craft idea for kids too as a recycling project. thanks!! We have taken old laundry baskets and painted them before, then you line with sheet moss and put in the packing peanuts, soil, and then the plants. If the handles are cracked, just glue and then wrap with twine to hide. Make a hay rack looking planter. ORB paint looks great on anything.

  6. That is a great idea! I love your cheap ideas! I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogpsot.com

  7. I just love the packing peanuts idea! So clever! Found you at Someday Crafts!


  8. You have done it again! I love this, I have a plastic cake dome I saved from Easter ready for this!

  9. This is the cutest thing and so clever! I could even do this!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  10. I love this! I just saved a cake container and was thinking of putting a plant in it, but i never thought to prime and paint it! I am always saving containers for "stuff." Upcycling!


  11. I love using what my family thinks is trash. This is a great idea. Thanks for sharing!

  12. I love this! I'd like to invite you to post it on Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage. The link will be up all week, I hope you can join in. Have a nice week, Mary :O)

  13. did it again Miss Smartest Person On The Planet! You seriously should write a book! Love this idea! You really have helped me reshape the way I look at my trash!

  14. Nike - Who would have thought - Clever and creative idea! Super cute too! Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase Party - I greatly appreciate it. I have featured this today. Enjoy the rest of your week ~ Stephanie Lynn

  15. What a great idea. I love filling up my planters with "space savers" on the bottom-old tin cans, plastic seedling pots etc. I have used styrofoam before and will give you a word of caution-if the planters will be left out where they will get actual rain-if it rains hard or long & the pot fills up with water faster than it can drain the packing peanuts WILL FLOAT and push up your soil and make a mess.

  16. Can I ask you a random question?! Why do you have a "No Solicitors" vinyl sticker on your siding?? Do you get a lot of people coming to your door? I've never seen that!

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