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Creative Garden Planters

Flowers Planted in Bicycle Basket
Planters come in all shapes and sizes. Every gardener knows that finding creative things to put plants in will add interest to their yard. This is a guide about creative garden planters.


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By 26 found this helpful
September 16, 2009

My husband is in the construction business. One day he brought this old salad display home. It is the large kind you see at buffets. It has a sneeze guard on the top. I put it on my back porch and planted herbs in it.

There is more than ample room for the soil and it even has a drain hole if the herbs get too much rain. Underneath are cabinets to store my gardening tools and seed. You can pick these up from restaurants that are being remodeled. They will give them to you. I love mine.

By Eveh from Gulf Coast

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September 16, 20101 found this helpful

This is one of the best ideas I have seen in a long time!

Please advice who I could contact for one of these!

Thank you Mare

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September 16, 20090 found this helpful

Very good idea. Thanks for sharing, good luck.

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By 13 found this helpful
March 3, 2014

My daughter loves anything old or antique and loves rag rugs, so I decided to use the rag rug technique and make her rag flower pots.


I cut rag strips, braided them together and then hot glued them to plastic tubs from the Dollar Store. Everyone in the family now wants rag flower pots.

Source: I just kinda thought of another use for the rag rug technique.

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March 8, 20071 found this helpful

Here are ideas for reusing items as planters or pots from the ThriftyFun community. Post your own unusual planter ideas below.

Boots For Planters

I have fun imagining how I can use various discarded items as planters. My favorite was a pair of my husband's work boots. Having been owned by a man, these boots were well broken in, and ready for the landfill. I opened them up (you can leave the laces in place), and filled them with soil. I happened to plant chicks 'n hens in them. They are still in my garden biodegrading, and covered with chicks, for who knows how long.

You can cut holes in the toes for additional planting possibilities. I hope to find another pair at garage sales this summer, to paint white. I'll put some allysum in the toes, and vinca vines draped around the cuffs, with maybe red geraniums, or petunias coming out of the top.

Now, if you're familiar with "pack boots" (they are usually constructed of green rubber). These make good substitutes for those long, hanging, plastic planters with holes cut out of the sides for plants with runners (like strawberries, or spider plants), and I've also seen them done with impatients. Just fashion a hanger using the eyelets, cut some slits in the sides, and toes, and fill with dirt. Arrange plants in the slits and tops. Or put the parent plant in the top, and open the slits up for the anticipated runners. Voila!


By Catchdmc

Cooking Pots Or Kettles

I use old large cooking pots or tea kettles as planters. An elderly aunt of mine died last year, and I inherited some of them. They are too grungey to cook with but perfect for annuals on my porch.

By admin

Toys, Kitchenware and Baskets

Child's plastic sandpail (String the plastic shovel through the handle.), a little red wagon, Easter basket, vintage coffee pot, an old ringer washer, an old hiking boot, an empty restaurant size can of fruits/vegetables, a basket, a child's toy dump truck, an old washtub, a canoe, a "old-time" wooden tool box, a mailbox, rain boots.

By Arwest

Cat Litter Buckets As Planters

I own 2 cats and go through a lot of cat litter. I always buy the litter in the plastic buckets. Once they are empty, I drill drainage holes in the bottom, slap a little paint on the bucket and decorate. Fill with dirt and plant whatever you desire. Right now, I'm growing tomatoes and cucumbers in them. They work great.

By Dunndeanna

Imagination Is The Key

Absolutely everything can be used as a planter, using your "imagination" is the key. Adding the right flower arrangement and bow is the reward. Syd, who can see something recycleable in every piece of discards. My latest was the half-moon hospital spit up dishes, got four. Ideal for dish gardens for hospital or nursing home patients.

By Sydfred

Vegetable Garden in an Old Bathtub

Because my soil is too rocky for a vegetable garden, I have a bathtub salvaged from an old mobile home that I am growing green onions, radishes, lettuce and cucumbers in. I filled it about half full of a mixture of top soil and compost, and planted my seed. I train the cucumber vines to trail over the side of the tub and onto the ground. Last summer, I even had a tomato plant on one end.

Harlean from Arkansas

Old Canners as Planters

I used a couple of old canners (for canning fruit and garden produce) for planters. Mine are blue enamel and have a really nice country style when filled with red geraniums and greenery.

By Ajdutchtown

Bedframe For "Flowerbed"

I've seen an old metal bed frame with a box built into it planted as a "flower bed." It was very nice. The box was built up so it really looked like a mattress of flowers.

By Susan

Coffee Cans As Planters

I have used metal from old coffee cans to line a bowl filled with moss. Orchids look great in them also. You can flatten one side of a coffee can and fasten it to a wall on your porch. This is one idea I've tried, one of my grandmother's handbags was also a gem.

By Michelle

Upside Down Wooden Chair

Hang an old wooden straight back chair upside down and set a potted plant inside the legs. Looks great with trailing plants.

By Penny

Old Car Tire

Try using an old car tire and place it somewhere where a tree can grow up through it or maybe plant a tree in the center of the old tire!

Unusual Finds At Yard Sales

I have been getting pretty creative with yard sale finds. This year I have planted in an old metal lunchbox, old rusty bird cage with a hanging basket inside, boots, antique tractor tool box, and water lilies in an old galvanized tub.

By Carolyn

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March 10, 20070 found this helpful

I used coffee cans to plant flowers and vegetables in last year, and they worked great. Put drainage holes and rocks or broken crockery in the bottom. Also used old pots and roasters for primroses and such. This year I want to try to grow some lettuce in an old wagon so I can move it around easily.

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March 12, 20070 found this helpful

I like old copper jello molds that are very cheap at thrift stores and yard sales. They are easy to drill a hole or two in, and they don't rust.

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September 11, 20070 found this helpful

I use old milk cans that have the bottom rusted out as a planter. I just put a flower pot in the top with a flower in it. I painted it and set it by my back door. It is gray with red splatters on it. It is very pretty.

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September 11, 20070 found this helpful

I like to find an old log that has an unusual shape, maybe even holes and ridges on the surface. I take several different sedums (ground covers) and plant them with a little soil in the crackes and crevices. I have also drilled round holes to have more places to plant. My friend and I have a garage sale every year right before Mother's Day. They sell fast. I've also used old colanders lined with netting first to hold the soil in. Old canisters. Old wooden boxes or cans with cute labels on. The sedum grows over the sides and trails down. It looks very nice. But I love this idea about using the hens and chickens in the old shoe. That is so special. I love that look.

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February 20, 2007

I love interesting places to display flowers. Especially when they are easy since I don't have much of a green thumb. Here are some things I've done:

I used an old wheelbarrow by drilling holes in the bottom for drainage, throw in some gravel then top w/soil and plants. Plants that hang off the sides look great and something big and flashy in the middle. You can also lay the barrow on its side and design from there.

Another great tip is using old chairs that have lost their seat in them.

By Sarah Cox from Hixson, TN

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February 21, 20070 found this helpful

Very attractice and useful! Thanks for the suggestions.

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February 21, 20070 found this helpful

Quite lovely. Those of us in SE Wisconsin just survived a couple weeks of terribly cold and snowy weather, so your photos are a wonderful sight. Spring may actually come again.

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October 16, 20070 found this helpful

If using an old wheelbarrow, I first sprayed the inside with rust stop spray, and I also spray the wood with water seal once a year so it won't rot and fall apart!

Ever try an old wooden ladder for a trellis? It is just beautiful! Have fun in your garden!

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By 3 found this helpful
July 31, 2007

Want something different for your front lawn or garden? Use an iron chair or glider and fill it with ivy and flowers. My husband put some wooden sides on it and I lined the bottom with coconut liners.

Flower "Bed" That's Different

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April 13, 2011

Planning ahead for the seasons can add challenges to spring planting. Instead of planting each season, plant now to create an entire yearly display for much less than you'll pay to replant it each season.

Planter with flowers.

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September 14, 2009

This is a recycling craft using children's pants as a holder for potted plants. Quite unique and cute. I saw the idea in a Birds and Blooms magazine and used it myself.

Blooming pants.

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By 8 found this helpful
August 2, 2011

My yard is mostly shade with the gravel driveway being the sunniest spot on the property. I refused to give up vegetable gardening when we bought the place, so I gathered up my galvanized tub collection.

Several galvanized tubs with vegetables planted in them along gravel driveway

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By 3 found this helpful
February 13, 2012

Interesting focal points in your garden don't always have to include terra cotta pots. See what you have around the house that would make a creative planter.

nasturtium in tea kettle

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November 1, 2015

In the Dollar Store we found some plastic toy wheel barrows and dump trucks. We set them on a mat that keeps weeds out with pea pebbles, and filled them up (first hubby drilled drainage holes) and set them out front.

cactus in plastic truck

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July 30, 20050 found this helpful

This is a very long driveway planter. It is made from long narrow shipping crates that held steel roller assemblies. I painted them and my husband moved them into place aligned and attached them to make one long planter.

driveway planter with flowers

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October 20, 2009

This wine press has been in the family for about 50 years and has seen many, many boxes of grapes and we have enjoyed many, many bottles of homemade wine. The day finally came when the press was ready for retirement and I turned it into a lovely garden piece.

wine press planters

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September 8, 20040 found this helpful

Today I was driving by someone's home and saw what I thought were pretty white "pillars" down the side of their driveway with gorgeous plant boxes sitting inside of them hanging down over the sides of the "pillars".

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September 22, 2009

Last fall I took a large pumpkin and cleaned it out, filled it with potting soil and put a mum plant in it. I used it as a decoration on my front porch. At the end of the season, I took the mum/pumpkin and planted it in the ground.

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May 4, 2015

On a recent drive around town I saw this fun planter in someone's yard. They used a Little Tikes football toy box, which I frequently see at yard sales and thrift stores. Drill some drainage holes in the bottom and you have a durable planter for your flowers.

Toy Box Planter

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January 21, 2009

They are easy and fun and require basically what you can find around your home and yard. Use old clay or ceramic plates, soil, small rocks or pebbles, dried flowers, sand, moss, etc., to create little faerie gardens or as my daughter calls them "Ladybug Gardens.

Plate Gardens

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June 23, 2012

I keep my eyes open for any old galvanized buckets, tubs, and pails that I can use in my garden. This one was once a "calf-a-teria" complete with rubber udder where the hole is at the bottom.

Petunias in galvanized calf feeding pail.

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August 15, 2007

Want something different for your flower garden or front yard? Use an old iron chair or glider, as I have used, to create a flower bed. I lined the bottom with coconut shell liners, filled with potting soil and planted away!

Flower Bed Glider Filled With Flowers

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January 23, 2014

I hated to throw away our used swimming pool filter and thought it looked so interesting. I stood it upright and put a flower pot on top of it. It adds prominence to an empty space in the garden.

Used Pool Filter as a Garden Plant Stand - flowerpot on top of filter

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January 19, 2012

With the cold weather, I do my gardening indoors. I use cute planters from thrift shops like coffee mugs, porcelain creamers, or ceramic pots that strike my fancy.

Recycled ceramic planters from coffee cups and other dishes.

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November 30, 20111 found this helpful

This is a guide about making a chair planter. Recycling and old chair into a creative planter provides you with a unique, creative garden planter. Not only is this project a good way to recycle, but also a crafty outlet for your combined gardening and craft skills.

Recycled wooden chair planter.

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June 2, 20050 found this helpful

Old copper jello molds cost next to nothing at yard sales. Drill a few holes in the bottom and they make great planters. I always have a few plants on hand started from cuttings for a quick gift when I need one.

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November 11, 20040 found this helpful

When my children were young and still living at home, they made a habit of burning my tea kettles dry. I decided to plant flowers, and/or herbs in them. They look really cute outside or inside!

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