August 1st, 2009 in member junk     
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I used a trailing plant called Bacopa that will fill in and spread down and over the top.
Supplies needed:  moss (I used fresh from the garden store), screen, soil and garden gloves.
I first lined the cradle with moss (after drilling some drainage holes in the base), then lined the moss with screen (in an attempt to stop dirty water drainage from leaking through the sides), then I filled with soil and planted away.
I was really pressed for time with this project as we were having a big sale the next day............if I had more time I would have added plants in between the sides. 
I used a trailing plant called Bacopa that will fill in and spread down and over the top.

I used a trailing plant called Bacopa that will fill in and spread down and over the top.

This old doll cradle, found at a thrift store, was used in the play room when our kids were younger.   I re-purposed it as a moss lined planter for the garden.

Pattern or design used: My Own Design - junkstyle
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Comments (21)

Stile writes: I love this idea. Would be nostalgic for me since I used just such a type of cradle back in the 1970's when I had children.
No longer have the cradle, but now I'm going to hunt one down and use this project for my yard. Will give me a mother's love nostalgic feeling working the project and each time I look at it. Thank you very much for sharing. Posted: 12:50 pm on May 6th
junkinator writes: Great idea for a cute plant stand that has many memories attached! I have grown daughters, and a couple of these just gathering dust. Thank you for the kind welcome. Anita Posted: 8:10 pm on October 1st
suewannabeinkc writes: What a beautiful way to reuse an old doll cradle! I love your idea of using the screen to keep the dirt in place. I have an old magazine rack that I am working on doing the same thing with, and will borrow that extra detail to make it work. Thanks!
Joanne Posted: 5:54 pm on September 19th
PrimTracy writes: This is just adorable. Such a neat idea. Posted: 9:33 am on August 6th
Humana writes: Janis..........that is soooo neat.......Humana Posted: 7:35 pm on August 4th
CottageElements writes: Lovely, Janis. Funny how I always use that word on your things. It just fits! Great job!

Lani Posted: 10:24 am on August 3rd
JunkArchitect writes:

Janis, you have such “refined junk“. My junk is REALLY junk but all your projects look so elegant.


Posted: 9:06 pm on August 2nd
Junk_Sophisticate writes: This is just darling, Janis. You have the sweetest style!

Candy Posted: 9:50 am on August 2nd
suewhitney writes: Hey Janis,

Absolutely lovely! Bacopia is the perfect flower choice for your wonderful project and will look beautiful trailing from the cradle. Love it!

Take care,
Sue Posted: 9:45 am on August 2nd
LadyCatherine writes: Oh so very cute!!!!! Posted: 9:39 am on August 2nd
shabbychick writes: Janis - what a sweet little flower bed you created! Can't wait to see it in full bloom!

Love it!


P.S. How did your sale go??? Posted: 7:50 am on August 2nd
AuntieEm writes: So clever and attractive. Love this idea. Seems there are a multitude of uses for "outgrown" baby/juvenile furniture. I have been using my great granddaugher's Jenny Lind style changing table as a TV/bookcase for small den in rear of house. Looks darling with small TV on top shelf, components on middle shelf and baskets with magazines, junk on lower shelf.
Posted: 7:03 am on August 2nd
Galvanized writes: This is so beautiful and such a clever idea. Posted: 8:00 pm on August 1st
grannijo writes: Janis...what a beautiful and sweet idea!...also see some neat looking ideas in the background...want to share with us? always have very nice projects!...thanks for sharing....sharon Posted: 6:03 pm on August 1st
alicemom writes: Janis,
That is so darling. I hope you seen "trailing" pictures too.
I also enjoy all your posts too.!
smiles, alice Posted: 3:55 pm on August 1st
monakent writes: What a WONDERFUL idea!!! I love the fact this cradle was once used by your children. This makes the project even more special. Be prepared though - I wouldn't be too surprised if someone would want to buy this as a finished turned out so adorable. I can only guess how much more beautiful this planter will become, once the Bacopia starts to grow and trail down....GORGEOUS!!! Keep your ideas coming for us all to enjoy. gailmarie Posted: 12:16 pm on August 1st
langi writes: Just sweeter than sweet. What a way to fill in an empty corner or between plants where one might of died.(yes that does happen) Posted: 11:59 am on August 1st
smiller0529 writes: That is so cool! I love Bacopa it will trail down beautifully. Posted: 11:45 am on August 1st
oldnews writes: I was so glad to see this post and your idea for filling it. I have my 30 year old son's Antique French iron crib that I want to do something with. I cant decide whether to make it a bench or plant it. I was trying to think of the best way to fill it, and love your idea. I'm recovering from knee surgery, but as soon as I can I want to get going on it! Thanks for sharing yours, it's beautiful! I love your posts and always look forward to them! Marie Posted: 10:12 am on August 1st
georgiamoon writes: Janis, this is so darling. Certain people I know (I won't name names... but you know who you are) have teased me for my attraction to baby beds and cribs (I do have a few of them) and now here is another fantastic use for one that I have not tried yet. I really love the way you lined it with the moss and the screen and Bacopa will be so cute and dainty when it grows up and spills over the sides. You are so multi-talented I am always happy to see when you have a new project to share. Thanks for this one, Geo Posted: 10:04 am on August 1st
chippingcharm writes: Great sweet! I have a little collection of doll cradles and beds that I use for storage etc. in my daughter's room. I often wonder what I'll do with them when my "baby" gets too I know :)
Thanks for sharing, Laurel Posted: 9:23 am on August 1st
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