How to Use a Shower Caddy as a Vertical Planter

INSIDE: How to use a shower caddy as an outdoor vertical wall planter. Easy garden craft!

My mother saves a lot of stuff. Sometimes the most random items are brought over. Do I really need a collection of plastic takeout salad boxes? (Ironically, I did keep a couple of those boxes in order to dye coffee filters for this pumpkin project. Go figure they’d come in handy.)

One such peculiar item hauled to my house was a metal shower caddy. For all I know, this was probably saved from my college days…way too many years ago! This random goody I did snatch up knowing immediately what I’d do with it…
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For the longest time, this shower caddy sat gathering dust in our garage. Even though I had a plan in mind, finding the time was the problem. Story of all of our lives, right? And then the kids discovered it. Before I knew it, it was jerry rigged behind a tricycle and was being wildly dragged throughout the backyard like a makeshift u-Haul trailer. Time to stop what I was working on and give this shower caddy a purpose other than making sparks along the back porch!

Supplies:
– Metal shower caddy (Don’t have one from your college days? Pick one up here.)
– Spray paint (So many awesome spray paint color varieties out there!)
– Optional: Self-etching primer (Great for covering some plastic with paint.)
– Drill + masonry bit (optional)
– Optional: Masonry screw
Wire snips
– Small potted plants (I used 4″ terra cotta pots to fill the shower caddy vertical planter)
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Step #1:
The shower caddy I was using had two plastic knobs where one would typically hang a loofah or wash cloth. I gave these two knobs a spray with self-etching primer. (This primer helps to adhere paint on plastic items.)
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Step #2:
Cover the metal shower caddy with a couple coats of spray paint in the color of your choosing.

Step #3:
If the shower caddy has a soap dish, use all the [wo]manpower you have to cut through the metal using the wire snips. I will admit to uttering a few frustrated choice words. Clearly my every-other-day weight workout was not helping me!
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Step #4:
We used a masonry drill bit to drill a hole through a brick wall and inserted a masonry screw. Select the drill bit and screw appropriate for where you will hang your shower caddy vertical planter.
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Hang the shower caddy onto the wall and insert small potted plants.
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Want more garden ideas? Check out my e-Book: Don’t Toss the Pots. Craft ideas for those plastic flower pots your plants, vines and bushes come in.
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36 thoughts on “How to Use a Shower Caddy as a Vertical Planter

  1. Toni | Small Home Soul says:

    That is awesome, I never would have thought to use it as a planter but it’s perfect and it looks great!

    Oh, and you aren’t the only one whose mom brings stuff over. I keep enough of my own random stuff, I don’t need anyone else’s bwahahaha.

  2. Kim Clark says:

    Hi Victoria!
    This idea is so clever and useful. Never thought of using shower caddies like this. Now I know what to do with them and all my beautiful flower pots. Please keep uo your awesome work here. Best wishes.

  3. Teresa says:

    So pretty! You did a great job, this is perfect for next spring flowers. I don’t have a backyard, but this is actually something I can make for my balconies. Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned!

  4. Kareen Walton says:

    I don’t have a home vertical garden like that yet! So after reading your tips, I will have to think about it. The planters look really cute. Hope you’re having a great week!

    • DazzleWhileFrazzled says:

      Thanks Rachel! I’m usually a ‘purger’ but often finding myself regretting that I tossed something I could’ve used in a new way.

  5. Kathryn Griffin says:

    What a great idea! I know I have a shower caddy somewhere that I’m not using! Thank you for sharing at the Make it Pretty Monday party! Happy week to you! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  6. Renee says:

    What a great idea! Just getting ready to decorate my outside (there will be a wedding in my backyard in May). I love this, but not sure how to hang ion siding (no brick at my house).

    • DazzleWhileFrazzled says:

      Thanks Renee! I’m a big fan of asking the friendly guys/gals at the hardware store regarding drilling into siding.

  7. Cecilia says:

    Coming over from the Vintage Charm Party…this is a fabulous idea! I’m slapping my forehead saying, “Now why didn’t I think of that!”? Love it.

  8. julie nichols says:

    Thank you for linking up to Talk of the Town! I love your creativity and this genius idea. I never thought of using a shower caddie like this, it is beautiful!. You are my pick for next weeks party. Pinning!
    Julie @ Love My Simple Home

  9. Angie Rose says:

    Hey Victoria! As always, your ideas and projects are always brilliant. I love how you took an everyday object and completely transformed it. I’m a total garden enthusiast, so I will definitely be putting this on my to-do list this summer. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Dishing It & Digging It & congratulations on being featured this week!

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