Monday, September 21, 2020

This $10 Planter DIY Makes Incredible Custom Toy Storage!

Earlier this month I did a roundup of ways to store/display plush toys I'd found while researching for a kid's room - but wouldn't you know it, NOT ONE of them seemed right for the space John and I were working on. They either hid the toys completely or displayed the toys completely, when we wanted a little of both. We also wanted it kid-accessible, but off the floor and out of the way.
I thought about hanging toy buckets on the wall, but all the large baskets/buckets/canvas bags I found were too expensive or the wrong shape. Then we checked the garden department at Home Depot for metal wall planters, but they were all sold out.

That's when I spotted it. Our cheap, easy, durable solution.



(That's my attempt at a heavenly chorus.)

Yep, this $10 plastic planter was the answer to all our plushie problems.

Ready to see how?


(You'd be amazed how long it takes to make a video this short. AhehehehSOB.)

The top half is surprisingly deep, so what you see in the end photos is only the top layer of toys. All of these:

Fit comfortably in these:

I could have even fit more, but these were all the plush I could find at the time.

And next, here's the planter base turned into wall shelves for my office:

This is just a temporary set up; when we install them for real I'll use white foamboard on top instead of cardboard. You could also use these as wall planters; they'd look super cute with greenery and florals tucked inside! I'm keeping these for a future room makeover, so I'll be sure to update you when they find a permanent home.

I'm so chuffed that we made 4 useful storage items out of a single $10 planter - and this should work with any "Grecian Urn" style planter out there, so keep an eye out the next time you're in your local garden center.

There's a sneak peek in the video of our completed Rainbow Unicorn room makeover, but stay tuned for the final reveal, coming up in my next post!


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  1. Would it be sturdy enough if you cut the urn into fourths and put in the corner?

    1. Absolutely, that would actually be stronger since the supports would be closer together!

  2. My cats would be in them in mo time flat.

  3. What a creative concept and quite lovely too!!

  4. Ahhh, I love this idea!!! So cute and useful! Will have to look for planters like that as I shop, we always need better storage for this life with three girl-children 😅

  5. Anyone else have Hercules' Hero to Zero song in their head now? No? Just me?

  6. Talk about thinking outside the box! So clever.

  7. What great idea! If I can find someone with a jigsaw, this would work for storing hand towels and wash clothes in my bathroom.

  8. That's such a great idea!


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