This recycled bamboo chair trellis is definitely an economical garden project. It’s the kind of idea that we look forward to receiving from neighbors, friends and readers. It’s nice knowing that gardeners are reusing objects by restyling, redesigning, rethinking, and recycling!
A couple of our friends found some old chairs on the side of the road. Cost: $0.00
They found a supplier what wanted to rid himself of a stack of bamboo at no charge to them. Cost: $0.00
Put those together with one box of 1 5/8″ all weather screws. Cost: $7.98
And you have a nice plant stand/trellis.
This concept is simple and you are only limited by your imagination and the materials at hand. The main construction tip for this project: Drill pilot holes in the bamboo before fastening, as bamboo splits easily.
I imagine this trellis/chair with a bit of aging and tucked into a shady spot. There could be a couple of garden sculptures or a bird bath nearby. And a healthy ivy climbing up the trellis, with overflowing impatiens from the seat to the ground to complete the arrangement.
I’ve found that plant stands can come in all shapes and styles. Sure, many recycled hand crafted stands may not last forever, but enjoy them as you enjoy your plants. Some are here for a while and then they are gone. Enjoy all the little things that you use to display your potted plants in your garden. Two foot sections of large logs make excellent stands for big pots. Heavy clay pots that are past their prime work well when turned upside down to display a brightly colored pot. An old set of knickknack shelves, mounted on a fence, makes a great place to display cacti and succulents.
Whatever you decide to use as stands for your plants, remember that you are:
1) Creating something for yourself and others to enjoy.
2) Helping your wallet by using materials at hand.
3) Helping our planet by recycling what might have been tossed into a landfill.
And, as a final thought, whenever you see someone’s discarded things, visualize and image what kind of plant stand you could create.
Dave and Trish