I had this old sports jug taking up room in the back of one of the kitchen cabinets. I'm putting its age at 18 years old, and as you can see it's looking a bit horrible.

Although I could use a jug like this in the yard this summer -- I sometimes have trouble keeping hydrated when involved in outdoor projects -- I didn't think it would be wise to use this for drinking water anymore, as the plastics could be leaching nasty substances.


I didn't want to throw it away though, as I hate putting any plastics into landfills. It's not recyclable, as it may predate widespread use of recycling labels:

Surely it must have some garden use, right? It's such an ugly thing though:

I removed the handle to see if I could, and that gave me an idea!

Drilled a few holes in the bottom...

(You can probably guess where this is going.)

I got some spray paint that is applicable for use on plastics...

...then sprayed away!

Guess what color I chose?

I painted the handle too, as it was looking a bit dingy next to the red:

A couple of coats and at least 24 hours of drying time, and it's been refreshed:

Still needs something though...

That's better!

I may drill a hole in the handle and hang this planter once the dichondra starts growing more, but for now this will just be a ground planter.

I like it!


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Lisa  – (July 2, 2014 at 12:11 PM)  

Ha! That's amazing! Very very clever you are!

Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (July 2, 2014 at 12:23 PM)  

Yeah for upcycling! A very creative way to reuse what would otherwise have been a piece of junk.

Sammie070502  – (July 2, 2014 at 1:04 PM)  

That's cute! The shot of red paint really made a great difference.

Marie  – (July 2, 2014 at 3:58 PM)  

OMG, I've got the same cooler and I think it's in about the same shape. Thanks for the idea.

VirginiaC  – (July 2, 2014 at 5:16 PM)  

Great recycling the bright red colour.

Hoover Boo  – (July 2, 2014 at 9:59 PM)  

Amazing what a can of spray paint and imagination can do. Looks good, and handy hanging handle, too.

Alan  – (July 3, 2014 at 8:28 AM)  

Thanks everyone! Please send photos if you do something similar with your own horrible cooler! :)

Barbie  – (July 3, 2014 at 11:10 AM)  

That is cool!! Needs some imagination and voila!! Recycle & Reuse is a big thing here in Cape Town!

Charlie@Seattle Trekker  – (July 3, 2014 at 6:47 PM)  

I love your thoughtful reuse of materials, especially plastic. It has taken me a while to get to this point, but any time I make a purchase I really consider the total lifespan of both the product and it's packaging...Thank you for thinking of us.

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