Vintage Aluminum Wash Basin Hanging Planter

June 12, 2024

Photo of a vintage aluminum wash basin/dish pan.
I have a new, easy project today that started with this vintage aluminum basin or dish pan.  I found it at the consignment store for $6. It was dinged up perfectly for a planter!

Also today is the June Thrift Store Decor Team's monthly blog party! Be sure and scroll to the bottom to see six more fun thrifted makeovers.
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Photo of a hanging basket from last year.
Last year I had three hanging baskets that were formed from some kind of fiber.  They had wire hangers and not plastic.

I carefully untwisted the wires from the planter to remove it.

Photo of drainage holes drilled into a dish pan bottom.
Small holes were drilled in the bottom of the basin for drainage.

Photo of holes drilled into the rim of the aluminum wash basin.
Four holes were also drilled along the top lip of the basin to correspond to the wires on the old hanging basket hanger.

Photo of the Botanical Flowers & Plants stencil from Old Sign Stencil.
Next, I pulled out this fun Botanical Flowers & Plants Stencil from Old Sign Stencils. It is a newer stencil in the garden themed collection.  

I love that there are three different designs on the one stencil! Great for stenciling on galvanized buckets too.

Photo of stenciled taped on the front of a metal dish pan.
I cut the stencil apart to make sure I could center it and tape it down easily. (I normally do not cut my stencils apart but this one works best on three separate projects)

I stenciled the lettering using Fusion Mineral Paint in Ash.

*Old Sign Stencils has provided me with complimentary samples. All opinions about these fabulous stencils are my own.

Photo of metal hanger removed from old flower basket and added to dish pan.
Here I attached the old wire hanger on the aluminum basin by threading and re-twisting the wires in the four top holes.

Photo of dish pan planter filled with verbena.
I planted the basin pot with three Endurascape Pink BiColor Verbenas.

Verbenas are one of my favorite annuals. Once our weather warms up here in northern Minnesota, the plants will be loaded with blossoms.

Photo of dish pan planter filled with verbena.
I'm so glad that I didn't throw out my old fiber pot from last year!

Photo of dish pan planter filled with verbena.

Now it's time to have a peek at my blogging friends' June projects including a wicker table, welcome wreath, ice box, storage bin, old mirror, and coastal wall art!
Photo collage of thrifted finds before their makeover.

Our Southern Home - Wicker Table Makeover
Petticoat Junktion - Welcome Wreath
Shop At Blue - Antique Ice Box Refresh
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia - Turn A Storage Bin Into a Planter
My Repurposed Life - Old Mirror New Look
Sadie Seasongoods - Framed Coastal Art on Sandpaper

Thanks everyone for visiting!
Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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  1. This is perfect Carlene, and what a find! Great repurpose!

  2. Such a great idea and it came out so pretty! - Briana from Texas

  3. Thanks so much, so cute and I love old pans like this. I think I have one can't wait to see and use this idea.

  4. Adorable! The labeling is perfect for that little rustic hanging planter!


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