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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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By 27 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.

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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.

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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.
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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!

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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.
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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 Syd Barr

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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By 3 found this helpful
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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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.

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Kelly Ann Butterbaugh4 found this helpful
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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By 2 found this helpful
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.

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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.

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By 4 found this helpful
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.

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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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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.

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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.

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By 2 found this helpful
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.

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By 0 found this helpful
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!

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January 13, 20161 found this helpful

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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September 20, 20170 found this helpful

An old washing machine tub makes a great container to plant in. Making recycled washing machine drum planters is easy.

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March 18, 20170 found this helpful

Go on a treasure hunt in your home with an eye to items that can be converted into unique planters. This is a guide about planter ideas from every room in your house.

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October 16, 20120 found this helpful

Create a unique seasonal planter using a fresh pumpkin. This page features pumpkin planter ideas.

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June 26, 2008

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.

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September 18, 2007

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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May 17, 20050 found this helpful

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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February 14, 20170 found this helpful

Plant with trailing plants and add a top to a strawberry pot and you have an attractive side table for your deck or patio. This is a guide about strawberry pot side table.

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June 3, 2013

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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April 26, 20070 found this helpful

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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October 6, 20040 found this helpful

I love the old truck planter !
In magazines I have seen old metal beds set in the yard & flowers planted ! THAT'S cute - I saw an old toilet as a planter too !! too funny !
I saw a combat boot used as a panter ! I LOVED that one !
I grew a cherry tomatoe once in a big Ketsup bottle - I just cut off the top down t the Heinz label -
I have seen vegitable plants grown in reused cans of the same vegitable ! Thats a sweet one !
An old wheel barrow makes a nice planter - you can wheel it wherever you want it !
An old high heel would make a cute planter too I think !
I found an old pipestand once & at a rummage sale I found some plastic test tubes that party drinks came in & painted some flowers on the top of the pipe stand & used the test tubes for plant starts !
If you want to make plant start to give to friends when they get a new apt- start them in nice little glass bottles with a ribbon wrapped around the neck so they can be hung in the window !

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February 9, 20050 found this helpful

I actually have some plants in my kitchen in oven mitts. Way cute. I work with a company that sells a "no dirt" soil, so I can use anything for a planter because there is no mess. In the bathroom, I have a plant in a towel that is rolled up with a bow tied around it and the plant in the middle.

Love the idea about veggie cans. I'm going to try that right away.

Sher

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By jojo (Guest Post)
April 24, 20070 found this helpful

I've seen people use old chimney stacks as planter stands...very attractive!
Truck looks great.

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April 26, 20070 found this helpful

I saw a cute Idea of planters made of can with foreign language signage...You could look for Mexican/Italian...etc.

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By Shonda (Guest Post)
April 26, 20070 found this helpful

Sher,
What is no-soil dirt, in where can you buy this soil?
Thanks

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By Jody (Guest Post)
May 27, 20070 found this helpful

Flowers planted in wooden boxes and lots of containers!

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By Jody (Guest Post)
May 27, 20070 found this helpful

Tropicanna planted in a wooden box!

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January 11, 20120 found this helpful

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.

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October 31, 2014

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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

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June 19, 2007
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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December 18, 20090 found this helpful

Garden: Boot Planter
Garden: Boot Planter

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 sherry from Onset, MA

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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 Janet

Garden: Boot Planter

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

By Candy Killion

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June 10, 20090 found this helpful

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

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