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 page about creative garden planters.


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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 eve from Gulf Coast

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Some months of the year, the garden looks extra dull and brown, especially with our California droughts. My next door neighbour left a bicycle outside with a "Free to take" sign on it. I was initially going to spruce it up for a ride, but soon realized why it was so free to take: it was absolutely trashed. I removed as much rust as I could, and with a little spray paint I had in the garage, I gave it an all-over pop of electric blue. After fully drying, I placed it in an area of the yard where some of the plants needed help standing, and the bike came to their aid as a crutch.


I added some mini pots and baskets of flowers, as well. As a finishing touch, I topped it with a flower-pot-girl my friend made. Visitors just love looking at this view when they come over, and I appreciate the extra colour in my life. So next time you see that piece of junk bike that's free to take, remember this tip!

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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.

Rag Flower Pot

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March 8, 2007

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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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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Kelly Ann Butterbaugh
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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Because we drink a lot of coffee, we often have so many left over containers. I have given these sturdy and decorative containers a new life while helping with the land fill.


I use them as planters for myself, friends, and family.

Using A Coffee Container As An Indoor or Outdoor Planter - decorated container on patio table

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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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As you all may know, I love plants, especially succulents. They're actually my go to gift to give to co-workers, family, friends, neighbors, teachers, etc.

Dollar Tree Candle Holders as Succulent Pots - inexpensive candle holders to use as succulent pots

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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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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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Buying planters and containers to display summer flowers in can be expensive. I'm always looking for items around the house that can be repurposed as planters.


I've repurposed tin cans, old shoes, boxes and numerous other items as planters. This year, I decided to use a watering pitcher that had a crack in the bottom.

A pink watering can being used as a planter.

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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, 2005

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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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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