Terracotta pots are cheap, easy to find, and look good in any outdoor space. Many people are happy to use them as planters, but the hardware store staple can be repurposed into everything from a barbecue to a cooler. We picked five great summertime DIYs that will have you integrating the simple clay pots into every corner of your backyard or deck.
Who wants to make their guests dig into an ugly plastic cooler? Not us! That’s why we’ll be upcycling a large planter into a stylish ice bucket this summer. Big enough for a couple of bottles of rosé—as well as a few six packs—this clever DIY will take your patio party to the next level.
Two large planters serve as the base for the simple and modern bench. It’s a great way to add seating to a compact patio or deck, and can be easily personalized by switching out ferns for flowers or herbs.
Simple side table
Another inexpensive DIY is to invert a planter and tray to create a simple table. You can store gardening tools or a light blanket in the base, and paint it to match your colour scheme. Perfect for a front porch or backyard retreat.
Create a shady spot wherever you go with this portable umbrella base. Just flip a large pot upside down, paint it to match your umbrella, and—voilà—you’ll avoid gouging holes in your lawn when you want a shady spot to read.
This mobile barbecue is great for a picnic, a day at the beach, or even just for those cottagers who have a barbecue on the fritz. All you need is a terracotta pot, some metal mesh, tinfoil, and charcoal, and you’ll be good to grill. Check out this video for the full DIY.