Creative Garden Planters

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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In 2014, I posted and won for my recycled Tupperware pet food and water dish. I unearthed it the other day and I just couldn't make myself give it away. So I made it into a colorful planter!

Cornelius Memorial Planter

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September 16, 2009 Flag

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.
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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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April 13, 2006 Flag

Many household objects can be used as containers in the garden. I love to use old chairs in the garden to add height and interest to an area that might be otherwise plain without it.

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Many can be found on trash day, free for the taking. This one was without a seat, so I stapled a wire basket to the underside of the chair and added a cocoa liner. A layer of newspaper in the liner helps to retain moisture as cocoa liners can dry out easily in the heat of the summer. Fill with plants and good quality potting soil that contains a slow release fertilizer and moisture holding crystals.

By Dottie from Pennellville, NY

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October 23, 2011 Flag

Most gardeners know that you can grow vegetables in pots instead of putting them in the ground. In our garden, we do both. Buying pots can be very expensive, so we started looking at everyday objects to find cheap and, sometimes, decorative alternatives.

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The pictures show nasturtiums growing in a hollow of a thriving tree, cucumbers just starting in a pair of old boots, Swiss chard in an old dishpan, potatoes in a storage bin (and a hammock strategically placed to keep the deer out of the garden and yes, it worked wonderfully), and tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant thriving in reusable shopping bags that we paid 50 cents for. We cut or drilled holes in containers that had no drainage, except the tree, and some old stumps.

All of the plants did very well and gave us a lot of delicious veggies. So far it looks like all of them will be used again next year and beyond, though the garden is still growing, and the containers not inspected. Containers like storage bins are great for storing the other pots and equipment.

By Copasetic 1 from North Royalton, OH

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May 2, 2006 Flag

This simple project is a wonderful way to use the china teacups gathering dust on your shelves. Filled with soil and ivy they make dainty and long-lived planters.

An ivy plant in a china teacup with saucer.

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March 8, 2007 Flag

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

a boot with succulents

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October 23, 2008 Flag

Plants will grow in just about anything given the proper soil, water, and light conditions. If you're looking for some inexpensive container ideas, grab a pencil and some paper and take a walk around the house for a few inspirational ideas.

coffee bag

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April 13, 2011 Flag

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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March 3, 2014 Flag

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.

Rag Flower Pot

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April 24, 2007 Flag

Use a strawberry pot as an inexpensive side table on your deck! First plant small vines or other trailing plants in the holes of the pot.

Strawberry pot with a glass table top.

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February 20, 2007 Flag

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.

Wheelbarrow Filled with Flowers

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July 31, 2007 Flag

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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August 2, 2011 Flag

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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February 13, 2012 Flag

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 Flag

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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September 14, 2009 Flag

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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July 18, 2007 Flag

If you have empty cans of paint left after a project, don't throw them away! Turn them into hanging planters. Take off the lids and let any remaining paint dry, you will not need the lids.

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August 20, 2007 Flag

I had several items in my yard that I was using as yard art; wear and tear of these items in the weather elements caused rust and corrosion. I changed these items; painted them and they are again a nice addition to my yard art collection.

Spatter painted milk can.

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May 4, 2015 Flag

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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July 29, 2011 Flag

I am very sentimental regarding getting rid of "special" items. My son's first acoustic guitar is missing strings, shows lots of wear, and has no monetary value to speak of. It is something I want to see daily so I have decided to use it as a planter in my garden.

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January 21, 2009 Flag

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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September 8, 2004 Flag

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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January 19, 2012 Flag

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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January 13, 2016 Flag

This is a guide about making a plastic soda bottle hanging planter. Help give your plants an inexpensive new home and keep plastic bottles out of our landfills by making this easy hanging planter.

A hanging bottle planter

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July 6, 2004 Flag

Container gardens are so much fun, because the possibilities are endless, and the entire family can participate. You don't have to commit a lot of time to plant: Create one new potted plant each day until your garden is complete! Just about anything that will hold soil can be used.

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October 20, 2009 Flag

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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January 23, 2014 Flag

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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June 23, 2012 Flag

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 Flag

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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September 22, 2009 Flag

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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