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​People Are Turning Old Cots Into Garden Features

​People Are Turning Old Cots Into Garden Features

If you're a fan of upcycling or giving your old furniture a new lease of life, then you may want to give this fun DIY hack a try.

If you've got an old cot lying around and don't want to get rid of it, why not upcycle it into a garden feature?

The innovative technique uses the side of an old cot to create a wonderful wall planter for the garden, complete with hanging planters to add a pop of colour to the whole look.

So, how can you make your own?

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Tammy used the sides of an old cot to make her garden planter (Credit: Facebook/Tammy Marie Adams)
Tammy used the sides of an old cot to make her garden planter (Credit: Facebook/Tammy Marie Adams)

Tammy Marie Adams says she used the sides of a cot she already owned to make her fab planter, adding hanging hooks to it so she could place it on her wall, plus cute buckets for plants.

Tammy used colourful planters such as these ones for her garden wall feature (Credit: Ebay)
Tammy used colourful planters such as these ones for her garden wall feature (Credit: Ebay)

"We sanded back the wood and applied garden paint to add a splash of colour," Tammy explains.

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"Once complete we used hanging planters in various colours (available on Amazon) and filled with bright colour bedding plant and perennials with some cascading plants to add depth.

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For Tammy and her family, upcycling the cot to give it a new lease of life was just as important as making the garden feature itself.

"We recycle as much as we can as a family and feel it's important to use what we can rather than filling landfill."

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Fellow mum Alice Bennett-West also made her wall planter from an old cot she owned, choosing not only to recycle the cot but old pairs of wellies too. In fact the whole family got involved with the fun project.

Both mums used the side of an old cot to make their garden planters (Credit: Pxfuel)
Both mums used the side of an old cot to make their garden planters (Credit: Pxfuel)

"I made it out of a side panel from our old cot," Alice explains. "I sanded it down, then painted it in rainbow colours.

"The kids drilled holes in their old welly boots, put small stones in the bottom for drainage, then a mixture of compost and soil and they planted different herbs and flowers.

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"We attached them to the cot side with cable ties."

Featured Image Credit: Facebook/Alice Bennett-West

Topics: Home, Garden

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Aneira Davies

Aneira Davies is a freelance lifestyle journalist with a particular interest in interiors and craft. She has written for the Evening Standard, Prima, House Beautiful and Good Housekeeping.