Creative Planter Ideas

Wine Cork Planters

Upcycle That



Creating your own planters from well loved, but worn out items or from found treasures is a great way to make a personal statement about your garden. There's no need to spend a great deal of money. Use your creativity and you will not need to spend any money at all. Let these crafty DIYers crank up your imagination and spark some ideas.

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    Wagon Wheel Container Garden

    Wagon Wheel Planter

    The WHOot



    Have you always wanted a succulent garden, but you thought you didn't have the space for much variety? This wagon wheel garden can accommodate dozens of succulent plants in a very contained space. Of course, you could plant anything you want in this garden. The folks at The WHOot say herbs are also popular choices. Don't have a wagon wheel source? How about an old bicycle tire.

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    Wine Cork Mini Planters

    Wine Cork Planters

    Upcycle That



    Miniature succulents are so popular they rival pets. Here's a fresh way to display them. Upcycle That will show you how to make tiny planters out of those wine corks you've been collecting. A wine cork planter isn't going to provide a lot of room for roots, so succulents are a perfect choice. And it doesn't hurt that they look fantastic.

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    Tea Time Planters

    Tea Pot and Cup Planters

    The Hip Horticulturist at Tiger Sheds

    All kinds of dishes and pots make great plant containers. This charming tea set garden offers a touch of spring with primroses, but you can switch them out with seasonal plants as summer warms up. Stacey at The Hip Horticulturist says the hardest part is drilling drainage holes, but she tells you how to fix any mistakes along the way, so give it a try.

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    Jello Mold Umbrella Stand Planter

    Jello Mold Planter

    Refresh Living

    If your Jello mold is not getting much use in your kitchen, touch base with Jenny at Refresh Living and create this Jello mold planter that doubles as a centerpiece on an umbrella table. You could even fill it with fresh herb plants and let your guests help themselves. If you don't have an umbrella table, this planter mold looks just as good with a candle in the center.

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    Repurposed Guitar Planter

    Guitar Planter

    Kitchen Guitars

    Have you outgrown your old acoustic guitar? You could make it a wall decoration or you could give it a new life as a guitar planter. Some people would be content to simple stuff a small pot in the hole, but Kitchen Guitars went for the more creative approach. Sawed open in half, this planter showcases both the plants and the structure of the instrument.

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    Hanging Basketball Planter

    Basketball Planter


    Combine your love of gardening and your love of sports with this hanging basketball planter. Surajsajo submitted this tutorial to Instructables, but it could be duplicated with soccer balls, volleyballs or even footballs. For once, sports equipment isn't banned from near the garden.  It would make a great gift, too.

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    Bird Cage Container Garden

    Bird Cage Planter

    House of Hawthorns



    Sometimes the perfect container is sitting right in front of you. It seems like every flea market has an old birdcage for sale for peanuts. Don't ask what happened to the bird, just scoop up the cage and turn it into the perfect birdcage container garden. Pam at The House of Hawthornes made this beautiful container of portulacas with a yard sale find. She makes it sound easy.

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    Roof Vent Verticle Garden

    Roof Vent Planter

    Flea Market Gardening

    Vertical gardens aren't just trendy, they can be very practical. They can also be very expensive if you buy a ready to go kit. But that's not the approach you would expect from Cindy Barton at Flea Market Gardening. Flea markets can sometimes feel overwhelming. It takes a bit of imagination to know what you can make from the assortment of discarded items you will find there. Who would have thought a roof vent would make an amazing roof vent garden? Once you see how it's done, you'll never shop a flea market the same way again.

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    Chandelier Hanging Basket

    Chandelier Planter


    Is your garden missing a sense of elegance? The DIY Show Off herself, Roeshel, can help you fix that with a chandelier hanging basket and it's not hard, at all. It doesn't matter what condition your chandelier is in, because you can paint it any shade you like and you certainly won't be plugging it in. You can be subtle or over the top, depending on the flamboyance of the old chandelier you choose.

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    Old Wheelbarrows as Container Gardens

    Wheelbarrow Planters

    The Cottage Market

    Andrea, at The Cottage Market, did not let a little rust and a few holes keep her from making use of her old wheelbarrows. She made the imperfections a feature but repurposing the wheelbarrow as a planter. Drainage holes? No problem. Did the sun move to the other side of the yard? Roll your garden over there. Andrea's wheelbarrows are true vintage, but any old wheelbarrow gains character when it's filled with blooming annuals.

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    Book Planter

    Book Planter

    Apartment Therapy

    For some people, the idea of cutting up a book, no matter how old or boring, to make a book planter is an impossible request. Don't reach for your favorite comfort novel. Old books are very inexpensive buys at flea markets. Pick up a few thick ones, the kind you would never finish reading anyway and check out Russel Brown's how-to on Apartment Therapy. The results can be as intricate or straightforward as you choose. Book planters won't last forever, but once you know how to make them, it's just rinse and repeat.

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    Toy Truck Planter

    Toy Truck Planter

    Backyards Made Better

    The old toys graveyard will be a lot less crowded once people start to view their old toys differently. The folks at Backyards Made Better saw a vintage toy truck as the perfect receptacle to add a bit of soil and some carefully selected plants and create a toy truck planter. Succulents are always a good choice but don't be afraid to use a plant or two that require a bit more water. A little rust will only make this planter more charming. Don't stop with trucks. Old toy stoves, child-size chairs, even those plastic toy dinosaurs can all be made into planters... and conversation pieces.

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    Purse Planters

    Purse Planters

    Michael Coghlan / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0


    Using shoes as planters can give you some very kitchy looks, but most shoes do not allow for enough soil to be practical. If you want to raid the accessory section, think bags. Straw bags, tote bags, even clutch purses are all readily available for low or no cost. These purse planters need a little prep work to hold soil and water, but it's not difficult and they are so charming and colorful, they really add a sense of summer fun to your garden. Placing yours in a sheltered spot where it won’t get repeatedly rained on will help it last a bit longer.