Upcycling Broken Pots

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Gardening is a great way to add beauty to your space regardless of how small it is plus working with plants can be quite soothing too. Unfortunately, there are a lot of instances where your flower or plant pots can get broken such as when your dogs are running in the yard, you accidentally dropped the pot, or even when your children become a bit too rowdy. Most likely you will be throwing away the broken pieces but did you know that you can actually reuse them?

For those with plenty of terra cotta pots at home, here are some ideas on how you can breathe new life into them.

  1. Decoration. Small shards of broken pots can be arranged on open spaces near your plants for decorative purposes. They can also be used as protection for the mulch you’ve just used on your plant to help trap moisture and keep those pesky pests away from getting to the roots of your plants.
  1. Garden edging. If the rims of your broken pots are still alive, you can repurpose them by using them as garden edging. This will give your garden landscape a more interesting look plus you can play with the design if you’re feeling up to it.
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  1. Miniature garden. This one will certainly add beauty to your outdoors. Any gardener knows how fun it is to create a miniature garden and since you have plenty of broken pots lying around, recycling them is always a smart move. Let your creativity loose in creating a miniature version of your garden. Just make sure that you choose the right plants to go into your small garden.
  1. Plant protection. Seedlings need protection against wind and other elements and this is where broken pots come in. Arrange the broken shards around the seedlings to give it ample protection so that it will grow properly.
  1. Insect habitat. You are not the only one who is enjoying your garden as insects and other animals will most likely build their homes in your space. Insects such as bees will come if your garden is full of flowers so why not convert your broken pots as places where the bees can build their home in? You can even upturn a broken pot so frogs can have a place to stay and in turn, they will help get rid of other insects that are feasting on your plants.
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  1. Mosaic pots. If you have plenty of time in your hands and your creative juices are flowing, why not use the shards of your broken pots and turn them into a mosaic? You can glue them into newer pots or even on your vacant outdoor wall for added effect.
  1. Candle holder. What else can you do to your broken pots? How about transform them into candle holders? Find broken shards that can be used as candle holders and arrange them in your garden and light them up at night. This is a fun way to add ambience to your outdoors without spending for new candle holders.
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  1. Fairy gardens. Just like with miniature gardens, transforming your broken pots into a garden for fairies will surely make your kids enjoy the outdoors and even help with caring for your plants too. Let them add the decorations and choose plants that are easy to care for and they will have something that they will be responsible for.

As you can see, there are many ways for you to use your broken pots. With a little bit of creativity, time, and effort, you will be able to use your broken shards into valuable decorations for your indoors and outdoors.