Shabby Chic Upcycled Bread Pan

Do you ever find something for free {or nearly free} and determine right then and there that you just MUST give it new life?!?  Like you were meant to find it and turn it into something else.  Something fun and just kinda fabulous in its own way?  Well … meet my old crusty bread loaf pan turned shabby chic planter:

Shabby Chic Upcycled Bread Loaf Pan to Planter!

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Painted Succulent Planter

Whether it’s the smell of biscuits cooking in grandma’s home, the sound of kids laughing as they run around the yard, the smell of fresh cut grass… there’s always those few things that remind you of home. Being from New Mexico, there are a few things that always bring be right back: green chile, sunsets, and desert plants. Or as it’s trending on Instagram, #succulents.

I am obsessed with these little plants. Succulents are plants that are commonly found in the desert and are sometimes known as fat plants because they can have thick stems and leaves for retaining water. I know a lot of people are into them because they’re pretty difficult to kill, seeing as they don’t need a lot of water. But I just think they are adorable and so homey.

Making your own succulent planter is so easy. I’ve seen about a million and one different planter ideas on Pinterest, but I wanted something really simple. I love terra cotta pots, they’re so rustic and the greatest part might be that you can paint them! Which is exactly what I did.

What you need:

  • Terra cotta pots
  • Acrylic paint
  • A foam brush
  • Succulent plants
Tip: to make polka dots, use the stick end of a foam brush!

I decided to do different designs on my planters, but as a rule of thumb you always want to have an odd number of pots, it just looks better in odd numbers for whatever reason! I did simple patterns and the pots took only a few minutes to dry.

Then I added some fresh potting soil to the bottom of the pot and broke apart and crumbled the soil that was attached to the succulent plant. Then you place the plant on top of the soil and fill in the rest of the pot with new soil.




I can’t wait to make a few more of these and put them around the house. I have these on top of my kitchen bookshelf right now. The entire project cost me less than $15! Do you love the succulent trend? What other creative succulent planters would you make? These would be perfect favors for a party or wedding, too!

Head on over to my blog to check out more! I’m sharing a delicious apple crisp recipe today as well!