Thursday, May 26, 2016

Trash to Treasure Cast Iron Garden Planters

I came across a really interesting booth while shopping at an antique show last month. The entire booth was packed full of junky junk that was spread out on the ground from one end of the space to the other. Most of it was nearly impossible to identify. My kind of junk!
garden planters made from rusty old cast iron post bases

When I can't identify an object I always try to ask about it. Sometimes I get a straight and knowledgeable answer and sometimes I get that "how should I know" look. The dealer had no idea what these were, but I didn't care. I just knew they'd be perfect as garden planters.

vintage cast iron post bases
How could I not bring them home? Spider webs and all.
Thanks to a knowledgeable shopper standing next to me, he identified them as cast iron post bases, most likely from a fence post. The one on the right is upside down.

repurposed cast iron post bases used as flower pots
Look at that fabulous patina!
These are only about 4" square and heavy enough so they can't blow off the ledge into the pool.

turn a rusty old cast iron post base into a tea light holder
Then I had another idea.
Right-side up cast iron post bases make pretty cool tea light holders.

battery operated LED tea light
I already had a few glass votive holders and battery powered flameless LED tea lights (*affiliate link) so I thought I'd give them a try. A perfect fit and a perfect solution outdoors on a windy day.

Repurposed cast iron post bases as garden planters and tea light holders

Wishing everyone a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend. 

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  1. Betsy, I just love how you see. Each and every bit is quite perfect, and so inventive. Wonderful repurpose! Just clean it out well before you tip it on a lovely white cloth!

  2. How fun to find an unique item with two different uses. That that natural aging rust is wonderful!

  3. You are clever to spot these and their potential. I admire your creative style.

  4. Loved your find, and what original small plant holders they make.

  5. They look extra pretty with the flowers.

  6. They are simply awesome! I wish I could see the possibilities like you can! Enjoy your holiday weekend sweet friend. Hugs, Diane

  7. I thought they were light post bases.... but they make FANTASTIC planter! How lucky you were!!

  8. What a great find, Betsy! These pieces make such pretty plant pots and candle holders.
    Happy Memorial Day weekend! Enjoy some time on the pool! :)
    xo Julia

  9. Betsy these are so fabulous! I love the patina and being heavy they won't go anywhere! Great either with a plant or the candle. Fun finds!

  10. I love cast iron pieces and you of course turned them into things of beauty.

    Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.

  11. I was going to guess that they were column bases/toppers, but they looked smaller once I saw them with tealights. Great re-use... they look great as planters! Have a wonderful holiday weekend!!!

  12. Interesting items. Good thing someone knew what they were, but still nice to use in a totally new way!

  13. Those planters are perfectly rusty and didn't even need a makeover!

  14. Great ideas for interesting pieces.


  15. They make great planters! And candle-holders! I wouldn't be able to decide......:) Karen

  16. Haha! I actually thought that's what they might be before I read on! You of course made them spectacular!


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