12 Unbelievable Recycled Planters: Creative Container Gardening Ideas

Spring is springing (except for maybe here – we’re still getting snow in Wisoncsin)! So it’s time to get out and spend a sunny afternoon planting you garden, right?

The costs can add up quick when you’re buying seeds, flowers, soil and containers. Unless you eliminate your need for containers and pots by using household items as planters!

The great thing about upcycling some of the junkier items in your house or garage is that they look nice in a garden: it’s okay if the planters are rusty or chipped, it adds to the “rustic” look.

So instead of visiting the dump after your spring cleaning, let these ideas to inspire you. Try repurposing found objects into yard and patio containers to hold your beautiful plants and give your home some character!

Check out this FatWallet post on making an effective container garden.

Crafty Planters

1. These Boots Were Made for Plantin’

container garden flower boots

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Get a pair of rain boots that you’ve been meaning to throw away, wash the dried dirt off them, and display them by your door with some beautiful flowers! Just insert a vase inside the boots to hold the water, and get some flowers. So cute.

2. Dress(er) to Impress

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Turn a dresser into a wonderful place to grow flowers! Tutorial from Tracy A.

3. Can Can Can You Plant the Plant-Can?

Container Garden Watering Can
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Have a rusty old watering can laying in your backyard? Attach a ribbon to it so it can hang on your front door, then add flowers and spring decorations galore!

4. Cup O’ Posies

Container Garden TeaCup

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Tea time! Have a chipped cup you don’t want to use? Make sure it’s a wide, oversized one, then put in some soil and plant!

5. Hanging with Tin Cans

Container Garden Tin Cans
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Make a Hanging Tin Can Planter for your garden decor! Hang it near your door. Get the instructions here at craftystylish.com.

6. Rack It Up

Container Garden: Magazine Planter

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Getting rid of your magazine subscriptions and need a new function for your magazine rack? Spray paint it to match the rest of your decor and add flowers! From trashtotreasuredecorating.com.

7. Pot of Tea

Container Garden Tea Pot Planter

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If you have a dented or rarely used kettle sitting around, add it to the tea cups above and make it a planter, as well.

8. Light Up Your Life

Container Garden Lantern
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Confessions of a Plate Addict has an excellent idea: put some fake flowers in a latern. Simple, easy to manage, and you can put these to the right and left of your door or hang them.

9. Chair-ing is Caring

Container Garden Chair
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Admittedly, this one seems like a lot of work, but it’s not. If you have a chair you don’t like, knock out the seat, staple some find of fabric – burlap, for example – in its place to make a pouch, and insert succulents. See a short tutorial on Flat Creek Farm.

10. It’s Not Un-Sinkable

Container Garden Sink
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Replacing your sink? Take your old one and put it to new use. Get some sweet alyssum to create the illusion of soapy bubbles, put some old or slightly broken plates in, and you have an awesome, decorative planter!

11. I Like To Plant My Bicycle!

Container Garden Bicycle
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If you’ve been meaning to get rid of that childhood bike but haven’t yet, turn it into a planter! Keep it rusty if you like the look, or clean it up and spray paint it a spring color. Obtain some wooden or wire baskets for the front and back, and wham, you have a planter.

12. Fool for Tools

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Forget window boxes. If you’re getting a chic new toolbox for all of your gear, use your old one as a planter and hang it up somewhere instead of throwing it away.

13. Rolling with a Wagon

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A classic – use a wheelbarrow or a wagon as a bigger planter for flowers or herbs.

 14: Over the Shoulder Cilantro Holder?

Container Garden Bra Planter

Retire that bra with the pokey underwire in style!


Check out more Container Gardens in Blooms on a Budget by FatWallet’s own Master Gardner, Gina!

Creative Container Garden Ideas

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