Wednesday, April 28, 2010

~*A Little Trash~To~Treasure Maybe?*~

Hello Dear Friends! Some time ago, I had mentioned maybe having a weekly post of "Trash~To~Treasure"... well, if you have been reading... you know I sort of missed that goal. Yesterday, I worked on this fun project... and had hoped to post it before going to bed... but time slipped by and it didn't get done before my eyes shut down for the day. So... it is a late ~*Trash~To~Treasure*~...

We have been working to clean out our woods (just a small area, less than an acre really). There are many over~grown & dead trees and tons of poison ivy to clear... and a huge pile of rubbish. We would like to have it clean enough to have walking (and dirt bike) trails... and a small picnic area. While sorting through the trash pile, we came upon this old bike...

I had read on a blog a few weeks ago where someone (I'm sorry I forgot who) had painted a couple old bikes white & displayed in her garden. Well... I could do that with this one! So... I gathered up some cheap, white spray paint... and a few inexpensive baskets too.

The bike and baskets were painted... not worrying too much about perfection. Then came the fun!

I attached one of the baskets to the bike with plastic zip~ties... one at the top and one at the bottom. (The basket is white on the outside. I didn't worry too much about paint on the inside.)

Next, I grabbed some moss to line the basket. This will hold the potting soil in. You could line the basket with plastic instead... or even before adding the moss... but I didn't worry about it. I don't expect the basket to last more than one season anyway... and it was only a $3 basket.

Add a generous amount of moss. Be sure to line it up the sides of the basket.

Then plant some annuals. Mine is filled with a Geranium and Dusty Rose. Remember too... water well.

For added protection, I used some larger zip~ties to hold the bike to the tree... just in case it were to be bumped or the wind would get too wild. (wire would work too)

I have plans for the other baskets as well... but I didn't get them done yesterday. Pictures will be posted when they are.

Wishing you all warm smiles...



  1. Fun idea and something different.
    Still cloudy and rain today, but hopefully I can get out this week and work on my garden area. Not sure if I can do much, but will try.


  2. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! I love this idea. I love the way your bike looks!
    I even happen to have an old bike that I screwed an old crate to for a basket, but I had never thought to spray paint it, nor use the zip ties. I think I'll paint my bike dk red.
    Your woods will be so fun when you get them done the way you want to. Best of luck!
    Enjoy your day.

  3. What a great idea!!! Makes me wish I had an old bike. I'll have to start looking for one.Thanks for sharing,Nancy

  4. Very refreshing! Love it! You could add some red, white and blue crepe paper in the spokes when summer arrives! :-)

  5. Just darling, now you've got me itchin' to start planting flowers.
    I've got a big bird bath to fill. Your bike is just cute as can be.

  6. Love the bike and basket. The geranium will look so pretty when blooming. Great way to use old items and they not end up in the dump. Lovely!!!

  7. How cute is that bike all done in white..It will look cute once the flowers bloom in your basket..Have a great week..

  8. Love the bicycle. Now I want one. Guess I better start lookin huh?

  9. This is a great way to recycle an old bicycle. Here in Maine you see this idea quite frequently, along with wooden lobster traps filled with geraniums and old "punts" used as a garden bed.

  10. A really cute project. I love projects that don't have to be perfect. No stress there.


  11. Love this...and would so like to find one to paint and plant flowers in a basket on it, you did a great job!


  12. I painted my two bicycles white and put them in my flower garden a few week ago...I posted them on my thats where you seen them...
    I love how yours turned out...they look great...
    Have a great day...
    Prim hugs,

  13. Very interesting idea! Looks so romantic with those flowers.


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