This Ingenious DIY Trick Will Turn Your Old Bundt Pan into a Tabletop Planter

published May 3, 2023
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Someone greasing up a bundt pan before pouring in batter
Credit: Photo: Joe Lingeman; Food Styling: Jesse Szewczyk

Repurposing old household items is a great way to freshen up a space while spending little to no money in the process. The hardest part, however, is coming up with a creative use for something that might otherwise just sit around and take up space in your home. Thankfully, we have the internet to turn to, providing countless creative ideas and how-to instructions for pretty much any project you decide to focus on — like these ingenious ways to use your old Bundt cake pan, for example. And if by this point you thought you’d seen it all, I’m here to tell you that the Bundt cake pan tricks are only just getting started. 

Maybe this trick is not new to you, but one of the most unique ways that I’ve seen for repurposing an old Bundt pan is by turning it into a flower pot for outdoor patio furniture. Referencing an old Instagram post by @Byrd.Nest.Studio, it turns out that the umbrella from your average patio table set fits perfectly in the hole of a bundt pan, making that old pan an ideal flower pot centerpiece for the table. 

So how do you do it? Using a pair of tin snips, make a few spaced-out cuts along the top edge of the raised center column of the Bundt pan. Then, using a pair of needle-nose pliers to fold back each of the strips that you’ve cut, roll each flap over the nose of the pliers before pinching closed. Create drainage by hammering a nail through the bottom of the pan in six evenly spaced positions, making sure to hammer from the inside bottom surface of the pan. You can soften the sharp edges created by the nail with a metal file, and then paint with a product safe for outdoor furniture if you need the pan to match your current setup. 

When ready, fill the bottom of your new planter with small pebbles to help with drainage, and add potting soil, flowers, and herbs. Finally, place the new planter over the center of your patio table and lower the umbrella down into the center hole and into the umbrella base of the table. Now sit back, enjoy the view with a glass of Brazilian lemonade, and pat yourself on the back for a job well done.