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Tire planter with flowers in it.

Making Tire PlantersOld tires have been used for years to make inexpensive and creative planters. This is a page about making tire planters.

 

Self Watering Basil Planter

Making a Self Watering Basil PlanterBasil likes to be watered regularly. Make this a little easier by planting in a self watering container. Making a self watering basil planter is easy and will keep your basil heathy and ready for any recipe.

 

Geraniums in old wheelbarrow planter.

Making a Wheelbarrow PlanterThis is a page about making a wheelbarrow planter. Using an wheelbarrow as a planter can be a fun project and perhaps become a centerpiece of your garden

 

Recycled wooden chair planter.

Making a Chair PlanterThis is a page 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.

 

A hanging bottle planter

Making a Plastic Soda Bottle Hanging PlanterThis is a page 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.

 

Terra Cotta Turtle Planter - planter sitting on a deck

Making a Terra Cotta Turtle PlanterTake regular terra cotta pots and transform them with paint into this whimsical turtle. This is a page about making a terra cotta turtle planter.

 

Homemade Chia Pet Ideas

Homemade Chia Pet IdeasThis is a page about homemade chia pet ideas. We have all seen the Chia pet commercials, but the kits can be quite pricey.

 

Recycled Plastic Bottle Herb Planters

Recycled Plastic Bottle Herb PlantersThese recycled plastic bottle herb planters are also self watering making them lower maintenance. Make several and grow herbs year round.

 

Flower Pot from Cement and Old Jeans

Flower Pot from Cement and Old JeansNever throw away old jeans. Since denim is a fairly durable fabric and also absorbs concrete mix well, I used old jeans to make the petals of this flower-shaped flowerpot. This flowerpot looks beautiful not only on a lawn, but also on any hard surface in the yard or inside the house. It will delight you with its "bloom", even in winter.

 

Upcycled Water Bottle Indoor Planter - two completed planters

Upcycled Water Bottle Indoor PlanterMake these cute indoor holiday themed planters with items you have around your home. They make a cute decor touch and are great for your plants to propagate in (instead of a plain plastic cup).

 

Succulent Driftwood Centerpiece - finished centerpiece planter lying on flagstone

Succulent Driftwood CenterpieceMake this beautiful succulent driftwood centerpiece for little to free (if you have the supplies on hand).

 

Planter Lamp - finished planter on patio

Planter LampThis craft uses an old lamp, a unique drainage system, and a plant "shade" on top!

 

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Re-Cycle Planter - finished planter

Re-Cycle PlanterThrift stores such as Goodwill are an excellent source for finding metal objects that can be re-used to make a creative planter. Here is a project that explains how this imaginative tricycle planter was pieced together.

 

An air plant growing in a shell.

Air Plant CraftsAir plants are fun to incorporate into wreaths, decor projects, creative planters, and more. Here are some ideas to inspire you.

 

Bamboo & Coconut Shell Planters - planters hanging outside of a house

Making Bamboo and Coconut Shell PlantersThese bamboo and coconut shell planters are not only functional, but will bring an island feel to your garden. Use them for succulents or other plants of your choice. The tutorial published below will get you started.

 

Straw Handbag Planter

Making a Straw Handbag PlanterTransform an old or new inexpensive straw handbag into a planter. It is perfect for displaying faux flowers or with the addition of a liner for planting live ones. Learn how here.

 

Kid Friendly Succulent Terrarium - glass terrarium with beads added

Kid Friendly Succulent TerrariumThis kid friendly succulent terrarium incorporates your child's rock and shell collection into the planting. Add some colorful plastic beads too. Check out the full project below.

 

Gardener's Floral Gift Box - decorated pot with seed packets ready to gift

Making a Gardener's Floral Gift BoxThis gardener's floral gift box begins with and unpainted clay pot. Follow the instructions in this project to make this gift box/planter. Add a few packages of seeds and it is ready to gift.

 

Heart Succulent Wreath - a variety of colors and shapes fill the heart planter

How to Make a Heart Succulent WreathSucculents lend themselves to decorative planting ideas. Pick up a heart shaped piece of wall decor at your local craft store. Planting instructions for this lovely living wreath follow.

 

finished planter with succulents

Making a Concrete PlanterThis pretty planter is made using inexpensive concrete, a bowl, and a recycled jar. It's easy to make in an afternoon and will last for years.

 

Air Plant with Layered Sand and Glitter - air plant added

DIY Air Plant with Layered Sand and GlitterThis colorful layered sand and glitter planter for an air plant will make a nice bit of living decor for your home or a child's room.

 

Recycled Glass Light Fixture Terrariums - looking down on two planters sitting on a deck or similar structure

Making Recycled Glass Light Fixture TerrariumsThe glass covers on light fixtures can be repurposed and used as terrarium planters. Whether you have some from old fixtures or have purchased new or used ones, the project information on this page will assist you in making recycled glass light fixture terrariums.

 

Making Mini Egg Carton Planters

Making Mini Egg Carton PlantersPaper egg crates can be transformed into these cute mini egg carton planters. Use them for starts or tiny plantings. This page contains a step up step project for making these outdoor planters.

 

Upcycled Plastic Egg Mini Planter

Upcycled Plastic Egg Mini PlanterMany of us have plastic Easter eggs kicking around the house. Repurpose them into fun mini planters. This page shows you how to make an upcycled plastic egg mini planter.

 

Using Bird Cages As Outdoor Planters - closeup of impatiens potted plant

Using Bird Cages As Outdoor PlantersOld birdcages or new decorative ones can be repurposed into attractive outdoor planters. They make a lovely addition to your gardenscape and are easy to personalize with some spray paint and your choice of plants.

 

DIY Staghorn Fern Mount

Mounting and Hanging a Staghorn FernStaghorn ferns are epiphytes. They are native to the tropical forests of southeast Asia and Australia. They are essentially an air plant and can be mounted to a plaque and hung on the wall of your home. This is a page about mounting and hanging a staghorn fern.

 

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Easy DIY Plant Holder - cactus and succulents in pots sitting in plant holder

Easy DIY 2x4 Wooden Plant HolderA scrap of 2x4 and a hole saw is all that you need to make this useful potted plant holder. This is a page about how to make an easy DIY 2x4 wooden plant holder.

 

Terrarium hanging, with a closeup.

Making a Light Bulb TerrariumA hollowed out incandescent light bulb can be used to make a neat miniature terrarium. This is a page about making a light bulb terrarium.

 

Pumpkin Planter 2

How to Make a Simple Pumpkin PlanterA hollowed out pumpkin can easily be turned in to a decorative autumn planter. Learn to make these cute pumpkin planters for your deck or front porch.

 

Toy Wheelbarrow as Flower Planter - barrow at base of tree

Toy Wheelbarrow as Flower PlanterA fun planter can easily be made from a child's wheelbarrow. This is a page about toy wheelbarrow as flower planter.

 

kitty animal planter

Making a Plastic Bottle Animal PlanterThis is a page about making a plastic bottle animal planter. Save your bottles to make this adorable planter for spring seedlings.

 

Pansies in Hypertufa Pots

Making Hypertufa PlantersHypertufa is made by mixing Portland cement, perlite or vermiculite, with sphagnum peat moss, and water. It can be used to make durable planters in endless shapes and sizes. This is a page about making hypertufa planters.

 

Making a Gnome Garden in a Planter

Making a Gnome Garden in a PlanterThis is a page about making a gnome garden in a planter. Add some of your own charm and personality to your garden by putting together your own decorations and planters.

 

Recycled Jeans Flower Pot

Recycled Jeans PlantersThis is a page about recycled jeans planters. Recycling jeans sets the stage for many craft projects.

 

Minimalist Propagation Plant Stand - 2 finished stands

Minimalist Propagation Plant StandThis minimalist propagation plant stand is very versatile. It adds a nice simple touch to your desk while also propagating the plant or it can make a nice gift!

 

Galvanized Roofing Raised Bed - finished raised bed assembly on patio

Galvanized Roofing Raised BedWith this pandemic, we would like to plant more vegetables and fruits in our backyard. We looked into pots and already made raised beds, but they were really expensive and not our dimensions.

 

Re-Cycle Planter - finished planter

Re-Cycle PlanterBecause I have an old wagon in my yard with potted plants in it, and I saw a bicycle planter at Big Lots, I decided it would be fun to make my own bicycle or tricycle planter. My project ended up being a "recycle" planter because I recycled metal odds and ends I had purchased at three different local Goodwill stores and put the parts together to create a decorative planter for my back yard.

 

Upcycled Water Bottle Indoor Planter - two completed planters

Upcycled Water Bottle Indoor PlanterMake these cute indoor holiday themed planters with items you have around your home. They make a cute decor touch and are great for your plants to propagate in (instead of a plain plastic cup).

 

Garden Bed from Recyled Bed Frame  - planter in the yard

Garden Bed from Recyled Bed FrameWe had a broken bed and had planned on making a grow box this fall for our winter garden, so we used bed parts to make it.

 

Succulent Driftwood Centerpiece - finished centerpiece planter lying on flagstone

Succulent Driftwood CenterpieceMake this beautiful succulent driftwood centerpiece for little to free (if you have the supplies on hand).

 

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Finding Old Tires to Recycle in Garden?I am after old tyres. If you want to get rid of any, I would be glad to take them off your hands. I recycle them in my garden.

 

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Making Denim Outdoor Planters?How do I make outdoor planters out of old denim? I imagine the fabric needs to be stiffened and waterproofed, but I don't know how.

 

blue, red, and yellow stacked tires

Making Tire Planters?What do you put in the tires on the top to hold in the dirt, but still allow water to go through?

 

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Priming and Painting Clay Flower Pots?Do you prime your flower pots before painting? I find with some colors I need to do multiple coats, not just 2-3, but more like 8-10 when using lighter colors that I want to cover most of the pot in. Do you recommend some sort of primer first?

 

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Building a Wooden Window Box?How do you make wood window boxes?

 

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Making Jeans Plant Pots?I saw this project the other day, you just cut part of the leg off on old jeans, turn them inside out and stitch. I got that part, but forget how the square bottom was made. Can I see that project again?

 

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