Friday, May 23, 2014

Upcycling: Repurposing a Crib Railing

My babies are growing up quickly and this time I am not referring to my feathered ladies.  I can't believe my Little Chicken Tender and Bitty Bantam will be in Kindergarten and Preschool next year. Where did the time go?  Now, the only thing I have left from their baby days are memories and one recalled drop-side crib.   

Currently, the crib has been converted into a toddler bed for the Bitty Bantam, which means we just took off the dangerous front drop-side railing. Once we are entirely through with the crib/toddler bed we can't donate it or give it to anyone which means the crib is destined for the landfill. The idea of it sitting in a landfill did not sit well with me so I became determined to figure out a way to repurpose it. While working outside and chicken proofing fences I got the idea to repurpose the railing into something for the garden.

Before: The Drop-Side Crib Railing

Viola!  An Herb Garden Ladder!

After: An Herb Garden Trellis

Now Every time I look at this little area of my garden it makes me smile for a couple reasons.  One, I did good for Mother Earth and kept a part of the crib out of the landfill.  Two, now I have a part of the girls' baby days right in the garden.  In addition to "up-cycling" the crib railing I also repurposed Little Chicken Tender's old, worn out rain boots into planters for a pop of color.

I am very pleased with the results and have already started to brainstorm what I am going to do with the rest of the crib/toddler bed once Bitty Bantam outgrows it.  Maybe another trellis, a storage for crafts or possibly a garden bench. I can definitely wait on those repurposing projects though because I don't want to rush her growing up. Time has already gone by too quickly.

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