Plate Rack Garden Trellis

June 29, 2018


Rooster Plate Rack

A few months ago I was out and about and picked up this sweet rooster plate rack for $5.00 at the thrift store. I couldn't pass it up even though I knew there wasn't one blank wall in my home to place it. 

However, there was plenty of room in my garden, so I grabbed it.

While I was in the thrift store, I imagined the plate shelves filled with pretty bucket instead of dishes, flowers flowing down from them, color spilling onto my patio.

I found exactly what I was looking for at the dollar store. These metal tins would just need a quick slit on the bottom and they would slide right over the plate rack bracket. Perfect.

I grabbed a few and headed home to get started.

Dollar Store Metal Buckets

However, with one bucket cut (very carefully since the metal was sharp), placed and planted, the plan changed. While I loved the way it looked with my hearty petunias smiling from inside, I suddenly noticed the detailed structure of the plate rack itself. It would be a shame to cover it up.

But now the dilemma...what to do with it?

Right away, I thought it would make an awesome trellis. The frame would encourage plants to grow up and around and hold on. I parked it next to the trellis I use to train my morning glories, but quickly realized that would be redundant.

Plate Rack As Garden Trellis

So I moved it. I put it in a pot, thinking that I could "plant" it in the container to add interest. It would be surrounded by flowers at the base and then a few climbing vines would make their way up as the summer went on.

Plate Rack Garden Trellis

After a bit of contemplation, I thought, hmmm, almost there, but not quite. Then I lifted the rooster up to eye level, just above the pot, secured it with two sturdy screws so it wouldn't budge even when the gate was slammed and was done. 

Garden Upcycle Plate Rack


It was perfect. After all, it was meant to hang on a wall, so why was I fighting it? It was at that point that it also dawned on me that plates in the garden would be super charming. 

I placed my faux milk glass ones in the rack and knew my gut was right. It needed plates, even if these plates weren't exactly right. Maybe I'll decorate them or grab some others, we'll see. I think something with more interest might be better, but I was on the right track. It fit.

Lastly, I planted morning glory seeds in the pot below so they can begin to grow and crawl up the bottom of the rack to complete my vision.

Yard Sale Plate Rack Trellis

It was a meandering creative path from thrift store to the garden, but with a little bit of thought I ended up with a plate rack~ planter ~ trellis.

That I might need to make room for inside this winter.

Because it's just that cute. 

Would you put a plate rack in the garden?

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51 comments:

  1. Adorable. As I was reading along I was thinking that you were going to put stepping stones where the plates are but the faux milk glass looks great. So clever.

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    1. Thanks Lorri...and you always have such great ideas. I was considering stepping stones and still may do that. I think it needs some color. That means I get to look for something pretty. Stay tuned...

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    2. I think it looks great but if you are not done tweeking it yet will two plates fit? Could you put a smaller colorful plate in front of the white ones to add color? Maybe a seasonal color or ones with cute scenes on them. Or crafty you could do something with a saying on it.

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  2. Kim, I think this is one of my favorite upcycles so far! The rooster is perfect in the garden.

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    1. Thank you so much, Tammie!! I really like this one, too...maybe a little too much to leave him outside all winter!

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  3. This is so cute--I wish I had your patience and determination to figure out what suits you best. You are so creative!

    Jane

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    1. Thanks so much, Jane. Crafting is my meditation and my therapy. I have much more patience for DIY than say…exercise!! 😆

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  4. That is a cute idea. You come up with the best.

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    1. Betty, you are super sweet, thank you! I just couldn't resist him in the shop (and for five bucks!!), so I had to find a way to make it work.

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  5. I can't believe you got those metal tins at the dollar store?! What a great find! And as always, you did a super job on this diy. Looks fabulous!

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    1. Thanks Lisa…and yup, Dollar Tree had a bunch. Of course, since I only used one, now I get to do fun things with the rest!

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  6. Wow what a great find with the tins found at the dollar store. SCORE!!! I love love love what you did. I love that you added the white plates too. So cute in the garden. Happy Friday and have a great weekend.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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    1. Thanks Kris!! It was definitely one of those meant to be kind of projects. I could see this little rack in your home or garden...painted a chippy white (of course!), with a bit of the rusted finish coming through. Dreamy!! I may have to try that look on it one day!

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  7. Kim, I love garden art and whimsical pieces! Yes, of course I would put it there but don't know if I'd have had the imagination to think of that. I was just telling RH that we don't need any more garden art but then he came home with a gorgeous piece of copper downspout and gutter that we're already trying to figure out how to use in ours. Maybe I should sometime show a picture of it and ask for blog friends' suggestions?

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    1. Oh...that sounds so interesting, Dewena! I would definitely show it and ask. Blog friends and readers are the most creative people I know. I bet you'll get tons of very neat ideas! Happy 4th and I can't wait to see your copper treasure.

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  8. Great way to use that. I need something that tall to support my glads. I’ll have to keep looking.

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    1. I bet you could find one at a yard sale or thrift shop. Now that I have them on the brain, I see them all the time. Happy hunting!!

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  9. Well that turned out just darling! I believe you've turned into a real thrift store expert!

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    1. Thanks Stacey...I've been having fun with second hand items lately.

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  10. That's a very clever idea and it looks great too! Don't you love it when a project comes together like that?

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    1. I do, Gina! Especially when it all comes together for $5! Ha! And thanks so much.

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  11. I would never have put a plate rack in the garden, but after seeing this I would. You are brilliant!

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    1. Brilliant!?! Mari, you are too sweet!! But I'll take it. 😉

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  12. Well that is the best recycled creating eva’!
    Love it . . .

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    1. Thanks Lynne!! I had fun with this one...

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  13. wow. beautiful! and I like the white plates. they all talk at night.
    "i'm so glad she finally quit scrubbing on us!" LOL they're happy out there. and the perfect foil for the colorful flowers. it's charming.
    in another life you probably owned a little upscale shoppe where you had one of a kind things fashioned by your own creative touches! XO

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    1. Ha!! You are so funny...but yes, I finally stopped scrubbing. Poor little plates. And you know the white is growing on me. It does talk at night. Bright, light, white and fabulous. And a little shop would be wonderful...always been a dream.

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  14. Cute idea! I see plate racks a lot but don't buy them to resell because I am not sure there is a market for them in the house but this is a great way to promote them. Lots of possibilities to fill them.

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    1. I had to have it AnnMarie, too cute to pass up. This was a way to make it work for me. I hope it inspires others, too.

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  15. I have a hanging on the side of my house right next to my kitchen door. It’s so cute! I change the plates out seasonally. I like yours with flowers!

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    1. I am not surprised at all, Deanna. You are one creative cookie! Is it on your site? I'd love to see yours for some inspiration of my own....and link to it for friends to check out!

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  16. I love what you did with the plate rack.

    I loved your line, "After a bit of contemplation, I thought, hmmm, almost there, but not quite". That is how I decorate. And sometimes that tweaking can take weeks until I get it just right.

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    1. Totally agree, Carol. That's how I decorate, too...and thanks! I like this one a lot.

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  17. So creative, Kim! This is absolutely adorable. I love how you're able to think outside the box. I need to go and enter your giveaway - thanks for the reminder!

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    1. Thanks Melanie. My mom used to say that necessity is the mother of invention. I really wanted this rack but had no room for it inside. Not sure if that's exactly what she meant, but it worked!! Haha!!

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  18. So cute Kim, and I love the Dollar Store tins! I'll have to see if I can find some in my local store. :)

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  19. Yes, I would put a rooster plate rack in the garden. Thanks for sharing your meandering process and your "final" product--maybe. I have a feeling you are going to have lots of fun with this rooster plate rack and you will use it in many fun ways, as suits your fancy. I enjoy using thrift store finds in the garden, too.

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  20. Oh, you silly girl, of course I would. I even have decorated with plates without the rack!! My big question to you is tell me how you plant the morning glory seeds?, PLEASE! I bought one morning glory plant a long time ago from a lady at the Farmer's Market. That thing multiplied and I had beautiful (almost my favorite flower) morning glories all over the fence for years, but now they have worked themselves out and I have no more. I have tried to plant the seeds and I just can't get them to grow. I know it should be so simple..Your little rack is so sweet and charming and looks really good in the garden. I love it, Kim..Happy 4th weekend..xxoJudy

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  21. Great idea! I planted Morning Glories this year too. I had not in a couple years and missed them. I will have to take a photo to show you what I did with mine.
    Love, Carla

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  22. I kept waiting for you to add the other baskets and you never did! lol I love your creativity! Great idea, Kim!

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  23. That is so cute, Kim! Aren't you just the clever one....love the process you went through to get to such a perfect end-result.

    Hope you are surviving the heat-wave!
    Carol

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  24. Very cute. About putting the dish thingie in the garden, I don't know. Might. Yours looks nice.
    Brenda

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  25. Love, love, love it!!! I have a plate rack that I was going to sell in my upcoming garage sale. Genius! Now I know what to do with it. Thanks for the great idea!

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  26. I'd say that's a pretty original idea Kim! I think you're on the right track too. You could stencil something on the plates, but it will probably be quickly covered by trailing plants. Anyway, give us an update as the plants grow. I really like it!

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  27. You clever devil you...and YES I would use dishes in my gardens!

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  28. Kim this is such a fun and clever repurpose. I like how you took us along on your thought process and how you came up with the idea. I think it looks great hung up outdoors and the plates only add to its charm.

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  29. I love that "trellis"! What a great find and great idea.

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  30. I love it Kim. It's most definitely something I would put in the garden and it's going to look so stunning when the creeper intertwines it's way up to the rooster at the top. Really lovely

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  31. You always come up with the best ideas :)

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  32. Maybe you could print some random short garden quote in black on the plates. Personally, while very cute, I could see some "saying" written on the plates, waterproof of course. I am not a gardener, but I am sure you could come up with something. Very cute idea, I would have to use faux flowers, maybe Ivy, I don't have a very green thumb.

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  33. One of the cutest and most creative repurposes of yours yet, and that’s saying something!

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