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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52 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!

  10. Karen Marie Kedzuch says:

    Victoria,
    The shower caddy turned vertical flower holder is brilliant. Your occasional words of frustration are certainly understood. Finally a useful repurpose made out of the countless shower caddies around the colleges of the world. Thank you for sharing with TADA.
    Happpy Creating,
    Karen Marie

  11. Amy says:

    This is super cute! I would have never thought to use it in this way, but it’s totally adorable. I may have to go see if we have a shower caddy laying around that’s not in use. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  12. Jelica says:

    I’ve never thought about saving shower caddies for a craft project, but you’ve made me a believer! Such a clever repurposing idea – love it!

  13. Meg says:

    I love love love this idea! I could totally also see using it inside if you used the right anchor to attach it to the wall. It would finally keep my cats out of my house plants!

  14. Maisy says:

    What a great idea! I don’t have a shower caddy nor a garden or anything, but I’m saving this in my bookmarks for when I move into a bigger apartment or a house 🙂

    *Maisy

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