Use these upcycling ideas to create decorative displays of plants and flowers…


1 Wash and dry an old chopping board before applying a coat of furniture paint. Allow to dry, then sand down so some wood shows through. Wipe off any dust then apply a layer of wax to the board, following the maker’s instructions.

Use these upcycling ideas to create decorative displays of plants and flowers… Photo Gallery

2 To stencil, secure a template to the board with masking tape and dab with paint gently. Remove and leave to dry completely.
3 Nail two D-rings on the back and thread with twine or rope to hang. If you like, you can add a picture-frame hook and cable to attach an old jam jar to the front. Hang and style with flowers, and don’t forget to add a little water.


1 Clean the surfaces of old desk drawers with a damp cloth and then paint with chalk paint, rubbing down the edges for a distressed look. You can also paint on a lighter colour in places with a dry brush for a more time-worn look.

2 Hammer two D-rings on either side of the drawer near the top and thread with some picture wire.


1 Clean an old bucket or planter with warm soapy water, then dry off. Tape a stencil onto the surface with masking tape, taking care to cover the curved surfaces. With a brush, dab paint over the template, being careful near the edges so the colour doesn’t run (using thick paint will make this easier).
2 Remove the template and allow the paint to dry. Style up lots of little pots or one large pot with blooms for the final flourish.


1 Pot your herbs directly in the enamel vessels – just remember to add a layer of grit at the bottom to help with drainage. Finish with a layer of pebbles, if you like.

2 To make the teabag-style tags, cut out a square of patterned card and fold in half. Pierce through the middle of the fold and thread a length of string though, leaving a small amount behind. Write the herb name on a smaller piece of card then staple the whole thing together to complete the tag. Attach the end of the string to the inside of the planter with sticky tape.


1 Add a layer of grit or pebbles to the base of your glass vessel for drainage. Sprinkle with a layer of activated charcoal (to keep the soil fresh), then cover with specialist potting soil for growing succulents.

2 Plant the largest succulent first, then work smaller ones around it. Finish with a decorative layer of pebbles or moss.


1 Update old furniture using paint in on-trend accent shades. Stools and chairs are ideal for this, as you can paint legs or sections of spindles in different colours. Apply a base coat of furniture paint if it’s needed, sanding down around the edges when dry for an aged look.

2 Choose three colours to highlight different areas of the chair’s legs, allowing each colour to dry before starting the next one.

3 Seal with a coat of wax; apply according to the instructions.


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