Sunday, August 5, 2012

Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle



I love the idea of taking something made for one purpose and finding a way to use in for another. We bought this fire pit a few years ago and quickly decided it had too much of an open flame to be near all the trees we have surrounding our house. It was stored for a while, until we could figure out how to use it and because I thought it was a very interesting looking piece. I decided to try to plant flowers in the shallow metal bowl in the middle and see if they would live. Petunias seemed like a good choice, because of their shallow roots.

It was a success! The petunias have done very well and the fire pit turned planter fits nicely in an out of the way area of my backyard patio. When I entertain in the backyard, I put chairs around it and guests are able to use the mosaic tiled edges as an area to rest drinks.

It's great to reuse, repurpose and recycle. My daughter Megan, who believes in all things green and environmentally friendly, will be proud of my efforts :-)



50 comments:

  1. What a GREAT idea. It looks beautiful!

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  2. Great idea! It looks so pretty!

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  3. That looks great -- love it!!

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  4. Great idea! It looks so beautiful. Come visit my blog.

    Judy's Handmade Creations

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  5. Vickie,
    just found your blog and have enjoyed browsing thru. What a clever idea for your fire pit, the flowers look great!
    I'm your newest follower and would love for you to visit me!
    Rebecca

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  6. What a good idea, Vicki! It looks great!

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  7. Brilliant! I absolutely adore it.

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  8. Nice work Vicki, I love this! I did the same thing with my fire pit but instead of flowers we fill it with ice and use it as a cooler for juice boxes for the kids when we have parties. They love that they can reach them without asking an adult for help.

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  9. Hi Vicki - I noticed that your email is not linked to your blog profile - so when you comment - we cannot reply by email. If you would like to fix that: Log in to your Blogger/Google account and click 'Dashboard." Then click 'Edit Profile.' There you'll see a line that reads, 'Show My Email Address'. Click the box . The email address you enter here is simply where you wish to receive responses.

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    1. Thanks for the info - am still figuring this out!

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  10. the flowers look beautiful!
    just found your blog and excited to be your newest follower!
    love,
    elisabeth
    p.s. drop by and say hi @ lavitaebella-elisabeth.blogspot.com

    p.p.s. i second heathers recommendation :)

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  11. I LOVE THIS!!! I wouldve never thought to recycle it!! Looks gorgeous!!

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  12. Love it as a planter! Great re-purpose. Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party.

    Holly

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  13. Super cute! Following from welcome Wednesday. Hope you will check out my blog Busymee.blogspot.com

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  14. It is beautiful and looks like it was just made for the use you found for it. It is really neat that you are also using this as a table in addition to being a planter. Very creative.

    Yael from Home Garden Diggers

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  15. That is a great example of reuse!

    Newest follower from Happy Hour Friday. Love for you to stop by and return the follow when you can.

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  16. Hi Vicki, I really like the reuse! The petunias turned it into a beautiful and colorful planter. Very clever idea. Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.
    Hugs,
    Jann

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  17. Great idea.
    I love the petunias; so cheerful!

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  18. Great use of the fire pit! It looks so pretty filled with petunias.
    Visiting from Mrs. Olson's Share a Cup

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  19. What a fantastic idea! And, pretty too. Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Funky Junk. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/07/make-it-pretty-monday-week-8.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  20. That's an excellent re-purpose. It looks beautiful in your yard.

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  22. Lovely! I can have my morning tea and book reading right there:)

    Hopping by and following your lovely blog (Twitter and Pinterest).

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  23. Works perfectly :) and it looks fantastic on the patio. I love me a good repurpose!

    Thanks so much for linking this up to our Weekend Wonders party. Have a great day!

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  24. That is a neat idea. It looks great. Good way to recycle.

    New follower here from the FBH.
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  25. I love this idea. Looks great. I'm your newest follower. Come check out my blog when you have a minute. http://sister-number-5.blogspot.com

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  26. How gorgeous! I too love to repurpose and keep things out of the landfill. This was a brilliant idea!

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  27. Awesome idea! you're so clever, girl!

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  28. Thank you for sharing this at my Make t Party Monday at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  29. Congratulations! You've been Featured on Handyman, Crafty Woman's Wicked Awesome Wednesday! Feel free to drop by the website and pick up your button!

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  30. Hi, just hopped in to tell you that I am featuring your firepit planter at Share Your Cup later today. Thanks for sharing!
    Hugs,
    Jann

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  31. How beautiful and what a fabulous idea!! Thanks for sharing. I just came from "Share your Cup with Mrs. Olson", where you are featured!
    FABBY

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  33. I just love your clever idea! We bought our firepit six years ago and used it for one summer. It has sat in the backyard for the past five years without one use. Now, that I've seen your post...My firepit will bloom this next Spring...Thanks to you!
    I'm so happy to know you through our sweet friend, Jann's "Share Your Cup Thursday" post.
    Have a great remainder of the week,
    Carolynn

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  34. What a great idea! Excellent way to re-purpose an item! I like inventive ideas like this!
    We recently took the glass off our round table and put it on top of our firepit unit so it can be a table when not being used for a fire!

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  35. Nice idea....great job and the flowers look so pretty in there.

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