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Repurpose a Metal Chicken Feeder into an Herb Planter

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Repurpose an old vintage chicken feeder into a cute herb planter!

Stop! Don't throw out that old rusted metal chicken feeder! Turn it into a cute herb planter in no time -perfect for growing some thyme, sage, mint, basil and other healthy herbs for your flock!

I ran across this beat-up, discarded feeder tucked into a corner of our barn a few weeks ago.

On my way back to the house, I decided that instead of throwing it out, I could make a cute little planter out of it.

Repurpose a Metal Chicken Feeder into an Herb Planter

Here's what you Need:

Metal chicken feeder
Metal drill bit or awl and hammer
Tissue paper
Rocks or stones
Window screen scrap
Potting soil
Small herb plants or seeds
Craft or scrapbook paper

Here's what You Do:

  • First I found an awesome drill bit in the garage and drilled some drainage holes in the bottom of the feeder.
  • Then I drilled some more. Okay, so they're not totally symmetrical.
  • Then I stuffed some tissue paper inside so the spray paint wouldn't get on the inside and sprayed the exterior with some Rustoleum white spray paint.
  • I put some rocks in the bottom and then cut a piece of window screen to fit over the rocks to catch and hold in the dirt.
  • I had some chalkboard labels so I decided to affix one to the front. Then I used a white Sharpie marker to write 'Herbs' just to pretty my planter up a bit.
  • After adding some nice composted dirt, I chose a few herbs to plant in the top and bottom. Many herbs have very shallow roots and don't grow very large. so they are perfect for a planter like this one. Read HERE for some ideas and the common health benefits of the common culinary herbs.
  • I decided to up the 'cute factor' a bit and make a little bunting for across the top, so I drilled a hole in either side of the top of the planter, then cut out little double-sided pennants from some Martha Stewart craft paper and used a glue stick to affix them to a piece of twine, which I then strung and tied at each side to secure the bunting.
  • A good watering and I set my planter in a sunny window so I (and the chickens) can enjoy fresh herbs all spring and summer.

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