Reuse and Repurpose

Repurposing Broken Pots and More!

Breaking a container is never a happy event, but when you are a “Garden Repurposer Extraordinaire” nothing is ever lost! Broken pots are just new creative opportunities!

Here a broken pot is reinvented as a succulent planter with great appeal. You do have to be careful of the sharp edges. Filing them a bit to smooth things down is always a good idea.

A corner of the garden where plant pots go to die, instead becomes a eye-catching whimsical display perfect for growing succulents. The vintage wheelbarrow makes the perfect vessel to hold all this now-beautiful bounty.

Photo by Yaroslav Shuraev on

Clay shards are also very useful for layering in the bottom third of a large pot to help with drainage.

While the photo above is more about glass and buttons, broken pots can create beautiful mosaics for your garden. Use the pieces to mosaic pots, gazing balls, bird baths, fence art, stepping stones…the possibilities are endless!

Broken bits can be used as decorative mulch to hold in moisture and suppress weeds, but mostly as an artful touch. It won’t provide any nutrients for the soil, but it won’t break down neither!

When a few of my favourite pottery mugs broke, I saved the shards. Eventually I just tucked them in this pot. I loved these mugs so much, I couldn’t bear to throw the broken bits out! Every time I watered this pot I got to see my old friends. All is never lost…or at least not completely!

Sometimes we have little bits of memorabilia that we can’t quite bear to toss out, but aren’t being displayed or used for anything. Topping off the soil of houseplants is a way to see your keepsakes without things feeling too cluttery.

As discussed in the previous post about using your marbles in the garden, adding such things to the soil surface also helps deter cats and other critters from using your pots or garden as a litter box!

Have you repurposed a broken pot? If so, please feel free to share your ideas!

Thank you so much for dropping by.

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