Easy upcycled planters that make a great container garden
Garden Gate staff
Don’t break the bank on expensive pottery when you can make these easy upcycled planters out of your thrift store treasures for a truly unique container garden!
Save money with upcycled containers
Forget spending lots of money on a shiny new planter: Make do with what you have for a container garden that is truly unique. These easy upcycled planter ideas use items you may already have around the house. If not, you can easily find them or something similar at a thrift shop or junkyard. Think about the plants you can buy now that you are saving money on the pots! Feel the excitement, and click through our slideshow below to get the ideas flowing.
You could choose a decorative container for this upcycled project. But if you have a plain nursery pot or less-than-attractive container, just slip it into the framework of an old chair. Select plants with a trailing form like this bougainvillea (Bougainvillea hybrids) to help hide a plain looking pot.
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Having a party and want to dress up your patio? Put together a tray of these charming little single-plant containers made of glass light shades. To keep the tray clean, remove the containers to water and let them drain before you return them. These less-than-4-in. containers can hold plants that bloom longer than a fresh cut flower arrangement, but they are still small and probably won’t thrive there all summer. When it’s no longer blooming, move it into your garden and enjoy it there next year.
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You may never have seen tire planters like these before! Forget the idea that less is more and throw restraint to the wind — spray paint several tires in sunny colors and stack them up for tiered raised beds that can’t help but be noticed.
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Plant up a lunchbox
Because of the small container and big plants, this is a short-term planting. But that’s OK when you’re putting together something showy for fall. You won’t need it to perform for several months. About the time school is starting in late summer, punch a few drainage holes in the bottom of an old lunchbox, like this, with an awl. We put two holes at each end. Put the box on a board while you put the holes in so the tool doesn’t dent the bottom out of shape.
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Find a colander made of a solid piece of aluminum with holes punched in it, like the one here. Loop some wire through the holes nearest the rim and hang the colander with the wire hanger from an old hanging basket. Filled with a coarse potting mix, it makes a well-drained container for any combo, including small succulents and herbs.
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The brightly colored flowers filling this vintage double washtub have grown so well they billow over the edge like bubbles. You could plant directly in the tub or slip a couple of large nursery pots inside. Growing plants will eventually hide them.
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