How to turn a chair into a garden planter and a shelf. If you have been following me for a while you will know that I cannot resist a free chair. There are just so many ways you can recycle a chair and today I am going to show you how you can turn a chair into a planter and a shelf for the garden. I have no room in my home for any more chairs so I decided to chop up this old chair and use it in the garden. I decided to make two items from the one chair and I got the idea to make a shelf!