How To Repurpose a Vintage Soda Crate For Your Yard

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Each summer I love adding tons and tons of flowers to our porch and backyard. This year I had fun picking out red, white and blue flowers to add a fun patriotic feel to my pots and planters.

So when my dear friend Laura asked if I wanted her old vintage red and white 7-Up soda crate that she was getting rid of, I of course said YES! Once I saw it I instantly knew what I would do with it. Come see how I repurposed a vintage soda crate for our yard for a very low price tag!

How To repurpose a vintage soda crate for your yard!

How To Repurpose a Vintage Soda Crate For Your Yard

I’m sharing how to repurpose a vintage soda crate for your yard for this month’s Thrifty Style Team project hosted by Julie of Redhead Can Decorate. It’s a quick, easy and inexpensive way to creatively add charm and color to any outdoor space.

Thrifty Style Team Summer

Our Thrifty Style Team shares thrifty projects on the second Friday of each month. For July each of us focused on patriotic themed projects. You’ll find links to all of the projects shared this month at the end of this post.

A patriotic themes planter for your yard using a vintage soda crate!

A DIY Patriotic Planter

Creating this patriotic planter from a soda crate was surprisingly easy…especially since the crate itself was free! If you currently don’t have an adorable vintage soda crate then there are a few places you can look for them. I have found them at most flea markets, garage sales, thrift stores and even Facebook Marketplace! So many of them have patriotic colors like the Cocoa Cola red and white crates you may have seen.

Supplies Needed For This DIY

  • vintage soda crate
  • potting soil
  • rocks
  • flowers of your choice ( I used blue lobelia, red and white petunias and green ivy)
  • garden gloves
  • potting tools
Preparing to repurpose a vintage soda into a patriotic planter!

Patriotic Flowers

If you saw my post all about gorgeous flower pot tips and ideas then you know I am OBSESSED with lobelia! With my patriotic theme in my head I headed to Lowe’s to look for lobelia (of course) , petunias and some ivy for extra greenery. They always have amazing prices and I was able to keep my purchase to around $20 total!

Patriotic themes flowers for a summer planter.

Preparing You Vintage Soda Crate For Flowers

Once you have your crate and flowers it’s time to get it ready to hold your flowers. Most flowers need drainage so I suggest adding some rocks to the bottom of your crate or container. This also helps the soil stay in place better when you water your flowers instead of slipping through the drainage holes of the crate. I originally had thought about adding mini terra cotta pots to each section in the wooden crate but they were surprisingly hard to find. The Dollar Store near me was sold out as well as Lowes. So I figured I would just skip them.

preparing a vintage soda crate for flowers!

Once the rocks were in place I grabbed my flowers and bag of soil and headed to my favorite potting bench! There I collected my garden tools and got to work.

Our potting bench was so helpful for planting my summer flowers!

Before I actually planted the flowers I set them on top of the crate to see what combination of flowers I liked best.

Tip: Always make a plan before you plant this is just like measuring twice and cutting once!

Patriotic themed flowers from Lowe's for our yard
I did plant my ivy in a separate pot in case I want to later turn it into a topiary!
Adding dirt to our vintage soda crate in preparation for the flowers.

I simply added some potting soil to each section of the crate and got to work adding my flowers. Most of the flowers had tight roots as I took them out of their packaging so I broke them up and squeezed them all in their spots. I love the full look this created! Now I have just been making sure to keep it watered daily. So far so good!

Vintage planter on weathered potting bench

Enjoying Our Patriotic Planter

You guys this was such a simple and thrifty project. Being able to repurpose this old soda crate into a planter for our yard made my vintage loving heart so happy! Don’t you think it looks so pretty on my potting bench?

A gorgeous patriotic planter from an old soda crate.
How to repurpose a vintage soda crate for your yard

Of course I had to move it all around the yard. Here it is on our firepit and back patio!

I am loving how all of the colors of the flowers tie into our freshly painted house! Hale Navy was the right choice and I sure have had fun seeing how our garden and pots look with the new house color.

How To Repurpose A Vintage Soda Crate For Your Yard

Ok what did you think? Did I inspire you to add some vintage patriotic touches to your yard? If you are still in need of even more patriotic summer ideas make sure to visit The Thrifty Style Team posts linked below. Happy summer friends and happy gardening!



Thrifty Style Team

Redhead Can Decorate – 12 Affordable Patriotic Home Decorating Ideas
The Painted Hinge – Patriotic Centerpiece using Thrifted Finds
DIY Beautify – How to Decorate a Patriotic Cottage Table
2 Bees In A Pod – Easy Patriotic Pinwheel Wreath
The How To Home – Easy and Inexpensive 4th of July Centerpiece
The Tattered Pew – How To Repurpose A Vintage Soda Crate For Your Yard
Sweet Pea – 16 Patriotic Home Decor and Craft Ideas
What Meegan Makes – DIY Framed Patriotic Wreath Tutorial
Cottage At The Crossroads – Patriotic Mini Easel Place Cards
I Should Be Mopping The Floor – Patriotic Paper Chain Garland Printable
Lora B. Create & Ponder – DIY Lake Themed Patriotic Wreath
Our Crafty Mom – 10 Patriotic Home Decor Ideas
Chas’ Crazy Creations – Easy Patriotic Summer DIYs
Cottage On Bunker Hill – DIY Patriotic Wood Crate Planter
Vinyet Etc – Happy Canada Day – Vintage Potting Bench
Postcards From The Ridge – Patriotic Tablescape with Vintage Thrift Store Dishes

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  1. Kelly, first of all I’m super jealous that you got that amazing crate for FREE!!!! But what a great idea to plant the red, white and blue flowers in there! It looks so good and I’m sure you’ll get to enjoy it all summer long!

  2. Who knew that crate would be such a gift! The flowers look great and so festive for the 4th! Thanks for sharing your pretty vintage crate!

  3. I love your vintage soda crate no matter where you put it! I’m just thinking of where I can put one! I am a big fan of lobelia, too!

  4. What a fun way to upcycle this old crate. It is so beautiful, Kelly. Looks like you are all ready for the 4th of July!

  5. Love your vintage find and what you did with it! Always great to find things at a thrift store. One person’s junk is our treasure, right? Thanks for sharing.

  6. I love lobelia, too! The red, white and blue theme is perfect in your adorable soda crate. You’re going to enjoy that all summer long. Vintage + flowers is the best combo, indeed!

  7. This is gorgeous, Kelly! Ya know… I have a Coke crate and I never gave this a thought!!! I gotta try it!

  8. This turned out so pretty and festive!! Loving your petunias against all of the other pretties. I have an old soda crate just waiting for this! xoxo, Kristi

  9. What a wonderful idea and I absolutely love the flowers in the patriotic colours. This makes me want to head straight to our local vintage shop.

  10. OK I’m totally on the hunt for a vintage soda crate now. This is just beautiful and I could see it used with so many different types of flowers thank you so much for the inspiration. Have a very happy Fourth of July.

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