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Easy Care Resin Wicker Rectangular Planter - Black

53862 BK

Watering and spring showers won't damage our Easy Care Wicker Planter. Weather-resistant, durable resin wicker can go from sunroom to patio to deck with ease.

Raised Rectangular Planter holds three 8" pots; bottom shelf offers even more display space. A beautiful way to showcase your plants!

The best part is that our Easy Care Wicker Planter is beautifully hand-woven in all-weather resin on a sturdy, powder-coated steel frame for long life and low maintenance. Storage in the off-season will extend its life and good looks.

Please note: Variations in resin wicker color can occur; dye lots and other factors may result in slightly different shades of the same color. Long-term exposure to the elements can also cause fading or discoloration; pieces purchased at different times may have minor tonal variations.

  • Weather-resistant, easy care wicker planter
  • Rectangular raised wicker planter holds three 8" pots
  • Hand-woven onto a sturdy aluminum frame for durability
  • Bottom shelf offers stability and additional storage
  • Beautiful indoors or out: porch, patio, deck, sunroom and more

32"L x 12"W x 30"H

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Pinecone Cottage Retreat

Wicker Basket filled with plants and a Hello Summer Chalkboard sign.

When I shared my tips for using vintage baskets, I suggested that you make a plant container out of them. I found a basket at a yard sale recently that I thought would make a great planter. So I wanted to walk you through the planting process for a wicker basket planter.

This is a newer basket from the ’80s rather than the ’50s that I usually collect but the basket was already damaged so I am not too concerned with water issues that might occur. That is an important consideration in choosing your basket. If it has sentimental value or if you are worried about water damage then I would not use it for this project. Choose a basket that you would not be upset about if it got damaged.

There are so many options of what to put in your basket. You can fill it with annuals, succulents or even use it for a mini herb garden. I used annual flowers for my basket including Angelonia, Petunias and Alyssum.

How to Make a Wicker Basket Garden Container…


  • Wicker Basket
  • Black Plastic (for lining)
  • Pea Gravel
  • Potting Mix
  • 7-9 Plants
  • U-Pins or T-Pins (optional)

Step 1:

Start by lining your basket with heavy mil black plastic. You can use ‘weed barrier’ sheet plastic or plastic trash bag liners. I used a couple of layers of black plastic garbage bags. Place the liner in your basket and smooth it out while pushing it to the edges and corners. Be sure to leave about a 2-inch overhang at the edge of your basket.

Step 2:

Place a small layer of pea gravel in the bottom of your lined basket. Make the layer about 1/2 -1 inch thick. This is to help prevent your roots from getting too much water since there are no drainage holes. Alternately, to make your planter lighter you could use a layer of packing peanuts.

Step 3:

Fill in the basket about halfway with your potting mix. It’s best to use a lightweight mix such as one that contains coir. If you can find a potting mix with water retention beads that would be a good option as well. Do not fill with garden dirt as this will make your basket very heavy and difficult to move.

Step 4:

Add in your plants. Use 1 or 2 tall decorative plants (the thriller) toward the back. Surround them with filler plants that will be bushier. At the edge of your basket, place plants that will spill over. Continue to add potting mix around your plants and firm into place.

Step 5:

Roll up the black plastic and tuck it at the edge of the basket so that it doesn’t show. Use can use U-pins or T-pins to hold in place. Just make sure that the plastic edge sits above the soil line so water won’t get behind it. You can add a decorative touch by layering in some colored glass beads or miniature shells to hide the plastic. Once your plants begin to grow, however, you won’t be able to see the plastic.

Step 6:

Decide where you want to set your picnic basket planter before you water it. Then give it a good drink of water with a little nitrogen-based fertilizer in it. Be sure not to over-water. Check the moisture level regularly. If the soil feels dry then you’ll want to water it.

Flowers growing in a wicker basket with Hello Summer Chalkboard Sign

This was such an easy container garden to make. And it adds a unique decorative touch to your garden and porch. So go out there and find an old basket and make yourself a wicker basket planter. Using vintage containers is a great way to add charm to your garden.

How To Create A Simple Wicker Basket Planter - DIY Home Tutorial - Guidecentral

By Larry Hodgson

Wicker baskets look great anytime and make great containers for growing plants … when you know how to prepare them. But the sad fact is that, in contact with moist soil, inevitable when you grow plants, the wicker won’t last very long. It tends to weaken and rot away after just a few uses. 

In addition, the numerous openings in container’s sides and bottom mean the roots of the plants you grow in them dry out too quickly, forcing you to water far too often. 

Luckily, you can fix this quite easily. Here’s how:

Preparing a Wicker Planter for Planting, Step by Step

Applying varnish to a wicker basket.
  1. To waterproof the wicker and seriously extend its useful life, varnish the inside and outside of the basket with three coats of wood preservative or water-repellent varnish, then let dry.
  2. Find a sheet of thick, transparent plastic to use as a liner (clear plastic being easier to hide than colored plastic). 
  3. Cut a circle of plastic about twice the diameter of the basket. If the basket is very deep, increase the diameter of the circle you cut. 
Hands placing a sheet of plastic in a wicker basket.
  1. Line the inside of the container with the plastic.
  2. Punch a few holes in the bottom of the plastic lining to ensure adequate drainage.
Scissors that cut the plastic protruding from the basket.
  1. Cut away the excess plastic liner. 
  2. Fill the container with moist potting soil
  3. Plant it with your favorite plants.

All that’s left to do is to enjoy your beautiful wicker container for many seasons to come.

Illustrations: Claire Tourigny

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