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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Article: Unusual Ideas for Planters

a boot with succulentsHere 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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Tip: Old Chair for Container Gardening

By Dottie Baltz 2 30

A chair planted with flowers

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.

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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Teacup Planters

Christine Weber

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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Tip: Rag Flower Pot

By Opal B. 1

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.

Rag Flower Pot

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

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    Question: Creative Planter Ideas

    Flowers growing in an old truck.Here's a picture of a flowers planted in an old truck. Do you have any creative planter ideas to share? Post your ideas below.

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    June 29, 2008

    I am wondering what is "no dirt" soil also. Could the person with that post please tell us what it is? Thank you

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    Tip: Strawberry Pot Side Table

    Strawberry pot with a glass table top.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. Fill the rest of the pot with soil then cover top of the soil with small pebbles and cover the top with a small glass table top.

    By Chanon from Knoxville, TN

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    Article: Container Ideas From Every Room

    By EllenB 793 1

    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

    Containers From the Kitchen

    The kitchen offers up endless ideas for containers. Onions, radishes, and other shallow root vegetables like beets will grow in Jell-O molds, cake pans, and aluminum pie tins. Ice-cream pails, crock-pot liners, and roasting pans provide plenty of room for plants with deeper roots. Other container ideas include plastic milk and juice jugs, plastic bakery cake boxes, old cookie jars or decorative popcorn tins, hanging kitchen baskets, old metal colanders, teapots, spice racks, and baskets.

    Water bottles (cut down vertically or horizontally) or chipped mugs and teacups make nice window containers for growing herbs. Clear plastic deli and take-out containers work like mini greenhouses for starting seeds. Coconut halves and large gourds hold small flowers and herbs and hollowed out pumpkins work nicely as planters in the fall.

    Containers From the Living Room

    Tip an old bookcase on its back for a wonderful container with built in dividers (shelves) or try piling up and tying together a stack of hollowed out old books. Remove the insides from a set of old stereo speakers or flip over an old coffee table and you have instant containers.

    Containers from the Dining Room

    Piano benches, old musical instruments (think saxophones and guitars), photo boxes, cedar chests, and old trunks all have the makings for excellent flower and vegetable containers.

    Containers from the Bedroom

    Consider containers made from old dresser drawers, box springs, under the bed storage bins, duffle bags, backpacks, suitcases, and shoe or hatboxes. An old umbrella tipped upside down makes a lovely container-just punch out a few holes for drainage.

    Containers from the Bathroom

    Garbage cans, shower organizers, bathtubs, sinks and toilets make amusing containers-and great conversation pieces.

    Containers from the Laundry Room

    Washed out detergent jugs, old washing machine tubs, laundry baskets, laundry bags, rucksacks, and cat litter jugs can be creatively and inexpensively turned into useful containers. How about growing flowers out of your gardening gloves?

    Containers from the Office

    Tipped on their backs, file cabinets make nice deep containers for growing vegetables-the drawers can be planted separately. Think of any type of wall-mounted file organizer as a waterfall of flowers just waiting to happen.

    Containers from the Garage

    plastic cat litter container If you have a clutter-filled garage, you may have just won the container lottery. Paint cans (clean, of course), wheelbarrows, mail boxes, cement mixers, burlap sacks, basket or sport balls (cut in half), toolboxes, 5 gallon buckets, coolers, crates, wagons, fishing boats, canoes, oil pans, and minnow buckets all make good containers. Using them is a great way to clear some of that extra stuff out of the garage! Old appliances, like refrigerators and freezers (with doors removed) make excellent containers-you can plant and entire garden in them!

    Containers from the Patio

    Time to replace that old grill? Gas and Webber style grills (and their covers) make first-rate containers, as do plastic swimming pools and hanging baskets.

    Containers from the Attic

    Plastic totes and storage bins are lightweight, come in a variety of sizes and colors and are inexpensive and easy to modify for container gardening. You can find these "dirt" cheap at discount stores in the fall and spring-the times of the year when people typically organize their closets and drawers.

    Remember, as long as you can provide drainage and enough growing medium for your plant, there's no end to the possibilities for containers. To find free or inexpensive building materials (and potential containers) left over from remodeling or deconstruction projects in your community, try www.freecycle.org.

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    Tip: Using Found Items For Garden Decor

    By Sarah 10 9

    Wheelbarrow Filled with FlowersI 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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    Old Fountain into New Planter

    By Vi Johnson 286 801

    closeup of faux bird nest

    Photo Description
    Our old southwest fountain finally "bit the dust" and no longer held water. Try as we would, it could not be saved. So we decided to fill it with dirt and added some plants and a bird nest to add interest to the front yard. We always try not to add to the landfill. So for now the much loved fountain will serve us for a few more years.

    GG Vi

    Photo Location
    Our front yard

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    Article: The Year Round Planter

    Kelly Ann Butterbaugh

    Planter with flowers.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. Why pay money to purchase plants and then throw them away?

    The Front Stoop Planter

    Brighten your entryway by adding a planter to welcome visitors and draw attention to your front door. The look of your home's front door is an important element in your landscaping. Pulling out the season's flowers and replacing them is not only time consuming but expensive.

    Think about the year ahead instead. We consider an entire season's planting when digging flower beds in the yard, but we often ignore them in potted displays. While pansies and winter cabbage are attractive, save them for your yard and keep them out of the potted plants. Instead, think about plants that will die down and reappear each year. Yearly plantings should be reserved for the larger planters.

    Spring

    For spring, plant some tall bulbs in your planter at a depth of six inches. This will allow the other plants to sit on top of the bulbs so the transition from spring to summer will be a seamless one. To protect your bulbs from squirrels, place a small cut piece of mesh wire on top of the bulbs before adding the remaining soil.

    Summer

    In summer, choose some perennial plants that can grow beneath the spring bulbs and continue to flower throughout the season. Opt for plants such as snapdragons. Then, to layer your look, add some taller greens in the back. This is great place to place herbs such as chives that not only bloom but also offer interesting greenery and useful seasoning.

    Autumn

    When autumn arrives, the addition of chrysanthemums is too pricey and short lived. Instead, plant marigold seeds beneath your summer plants halfway through the season. The marigolds will grow amongst the summer flowers, adding to their beauty at the end of the summer. Their bright fall colors will brighten your planters, and they will withstand cooler temperatures before frost comes. Collect the dead flower heads and store them in a dry place for next year's planting.

    As the frost line approaches your home, consider covering the planter with an old bed sheet at night. This will keep your flowers blooming and healthy longer. When the cold comes on strong, if you live in a colder climate, you'll have to add to your planter manually. Prune some interestingly shaped branches from around your yard and add them to the planter. If they have colored leaves, this will add to the display until the leaves dry. Bare sticks will continue the autumn look while adapting to the harsher temperatures.

    For those who live in planting zone 6 and further north, this time period of autumn into winter is tricky for planters. Explore your recycling options. Continue to add the bare sticks as well as any dried berries and fall items you might find in your yard. Then, recycle the jack-o-lantern by turning his face to the back, covering it with the sticks and findings, and using the orange color to accentuate your display.

    Winter

    As winter approaches, create displays that look nice with and without snow. Keep the bare sticks and the recycled pumpkin in the display until the pumpkin freezes. Then, add pine branches cut from your trees or a neighbor's tree. As branches fall during ice storms, build on your planter's look.

    With a little investment, purchase a small evergreen for the center of your pot. Keep the other flowers growing around it, and decorate it according to the season. The evergreen will look lovely with smaller spring bulbs around its base, small summer flowers such as sweet alyssum around its base, sticks and marigolds in autumn, and mulch in the winter.

    It's important to mulch your planter during the winter. Keeping it close to the house or under a porch will help to protect it. Adding pine needles as mulch is also a cheap and decorative solution.

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    Bloomers Plant Hanger

    By Little Suzy 105 379

    Blooming pants.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.

    Approximate Time: 1 hour

    Supplies:

    • child's longs pants*
    • sewing thread and needle
    • plastic bags
    • plant with hanger
    • twine
    • fabric paint

    *The pants I used are a kind of water proof fabric. This worked very well.

    Instructions:

    1. Use fabric paint to paint the words on the pants. Some suggestions are: Blooming Pants, Bloomer Plants, Petunia Bloomers, Potted Pants. As you can see, you can use a twist on the words and come up with something unique.
    2. Up close photo of blooming pants.

    3. Let dry.
    4. Stuff with plastic bags, shipping peanuts, or plastic shipping wrap. The kind that has the bubbles in. Remember it will be getting wet outside. Don't use newspaper.
    5. Sew the pant legs closed or pin, glue or tie at the bottom.
    6. If the pants have belt loops, you can hang it by tying twine to the loops and the pot. If they have elastic waist you can use the plastic hanger already on the pot and stretch the pants around the pot. Maybe tie around it if it's loose.

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    Tip: Hanging Planters From Paint Cans

    By Regina Arlauckas 27 203

    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. After the paint dries, take a nail and punch some holes in the bottom of the can to allow for drainage, otherwise the can will collect too much water and rust.

    If the can has a paper label, peel it off and you will have a plain can that you can paint or leave plain. If the product information is printed right on the can, you can spray paint over it to cover.

    You can loop the can handle over a picket fence stake, and the can will sit flush against the fence, or you can hang it from a hook. Plant directly in the can, or to make cleanup easier, use large yogurt or cottage cheese containers with holes cut for drainage - the can will hide the plastic container, and you can pop it out easily at the end of the season.

    These look especially nice with cascading plants, but you can put anything you like in them.

    By Regina from Rochester, NY

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    Tip: Flower "Bed" That's Different

    By Tammie 7 17

    Flower "Bed" That's DifferentWant 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. I filled the bottom with several inches of potting soil and planted away topping off with pine straw. Every year I try a new plants for variety.

    By Tammie from Moody, AL

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    Wagon Flower Garden

    By Denise 12

    This is my portable flower garden. Because of my husband's job, we used to transfer in the summers and I wouldn't get the chance to "take" my garden with me. Or sometimes we moved to a house without much for landscaping. In order to at least have something with a little flower power, I decided to use my childhood wagon as a garden container, just in case we move again. This last summer, I planted impatiens in them and they did really well. I also like being able to move my portable flower bed to different areas of my garden.

    By Denise from NB

    Impatiens in red wagon.

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    Tip: Craft: Plate Gardens

    By Jae 3 2

    Plate GardensThey 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". In this pic, a pond was made out of the bottom of a plastic water bottle and a leaf, floral wire and picks were used to create a fairie swing. Fun Fun Fun!

    By LovelyMom from Durham, NC

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    Tip: Toys as Cactus Planters

    By linda 61 78

    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. At Kmart I even scored some Mexican type items, like a man in a sombrero and a donkey. It makes a fun scene, and when the season gets to be too cold out there these easily come inside for winter and back out in spring.

    cactus in plastic truck

      Source: Got the idea from Pintrest

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      Tip: Toy Box Planter

      By lalala... 731 97

      On a recently 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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        Tip: Trash To Treasure Painting

        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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        Tip: Flower Bed Glider

        By Tammie 7 17

        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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        Tip: Salad Bar Garden Bed

        By eve 18 136

        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.

        Salad Bar Made into Garden Bed

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        Making a Plastic Soda Bottle Hanging Planter

        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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        Tip: They Will Grow Wherever They are Planted

        By Free2B 217 350

        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.

        Nastursium growing out of hollow tree.

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        Tip: Galvanized Tub Gardening

        By ~gloria 94 150

        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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        Tip: Make Planters With Old Record Albums

        A pal had a bunch of plant clippings she was wanting to get rid of at a yard sale. With not having any excess planters, she made her own planters with record albums she no longer wanted or needed.

        Make Planters With Old Record Albums

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        Tip: Laundry Basket Planters

        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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        Tip: Creative Planters for Garden Focal Points

        By ~gloria 94 150

        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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        Garden: Wine Press Planter

        By Wilhelmina 17 16

        wine press plantersThis 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.

        The old(er) aunts, uncles and cousins love what I've done with the press and whenever they see it, the reminisces begin. What fun!

        By Wilhelmina from Amherstburg, ON

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        Tip: Creative Container Gardens

        Deborah Shelton

        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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        Tip: Use Old Broken Instrument As Planter

        By Compltlyme 5 12

        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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        Tip: Pumpkin Planter

        By Caroline 2

        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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        Washing Machine Tub Tomato Planters

        By R Barbara 145 46

        Washing Machine Tub Tomato Planters

        Photo Description
        I recently took care of my neighbors' kitty and garden while they attended an out of town wedding. The tomato plants growing in these recycled washer tubs were doing so well I wanted to share this planter idea with the members.

        Photo Location
        Bremerton WA

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        Tip: Galvanized Pail Flower Gardens

        By ~gloria 94 150

        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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        Tip: Cute Recycled Windowsill Planters

        By Renee 10 8

        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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        Tip: Copper Jello Mold Planter

        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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        Tip: Tea Kettle Flower Pots

        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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        Tip: Used Pool Filter as a Garden Plant Stand

        By Lois Becker 2 1

        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

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        Question: Unique Planter Ideas

        I have a business with a sunny front and a low window. I want to plant flowers outside below the window. It is about 8 feet in length and 2 feet high. I need some unusual ideas for planters. Preferably some things that are long.

        By Cindy E

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        By anne 13 69 Flag

        January 13, 2012

        Don't know what your zone is, but this window box in Charleston South Carolina blew my socks off! It looks to me like the white in the center is allysum, the pink are petunias, the blue could be scaviola,and there could be other stuff in there as well. Just remember to use the best soil you can find, add lots of a timed release fertilizer (maybe also a bit of miracle grow in your watering),Buy the healthiest plants you can find and pack them in! If you can find some variegated ivy or vinca, that would creat a trailing effect. Good Luck! Anne in NC

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        Tip: Garden: Vintage Wooden Toolbox Planter

        By Lisa Adams 19 2

        Take something old and make it new! This vintage wooden toolbox (a $2 yard sale find) now holds pretty flowers instead of ordinary old tools.

        Vintage Wooden Toolbox Planter

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        Tip: Use Vintage Metal Buckets for Planters

        By Lisa Adams 19 2

        Use vintage metal buckets found at yard sales for container gardening. In most cases, the buckets already have holes in the bottom, acting as great drainage holes.

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        Tip: Suitcase Planters

        Old hard suitcases work well as planters. Drill a few holes for drainage in the bottom and lay small rocks over them then fill with dirt and plant. Also, try closing the lid and cutting a space in the top for a plant to grow out of instead of just leaving it open.

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        Tip: Making Drainage Holes for Plastic Containers

        By anne 58 78

        The easy way is to heat a hole punch, awl, or nail tip over a lit candle. Then simply push it down into the turned over container in several spots to allow for adequate drainage.

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        Tip: Use for Self Stick Curlers - Cactus Holders

        What to do with those self stick curlers that just lay around in the bathroom in all different colors? They make great cactus plant holders! Fill them with dirt, and water little.

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        Archive: Boot Planter

        I want to make a planter out of work boots. Do they have to be lace up ones?

        Linda from NW Iowa

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        RE: Boot Planter

        I wouldn't think so, actually you would probably lose less soil if they weren't. (04/27/2007)

        By thriftmeg

        Archive: Garden: Boot Planter


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        I love to find new things to plant in, this pair of boots had seen better days,so into the garden they went,I also used my girls rubber boots,they are so cute.

        Boots make great planters!

        By moonseekerjade from Onset, MA

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        RE: Garden: Boot Planter

        Very cute. My husband is a lobsterman. I am going to try to steal some of his boots and plant them. (06/11/2009)

        By mulberry204

        RE: Garden: Boot Planter

        What a neat idea! Very clever, very cute, (06/11/2009)

        By PupperMom

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