24 Creative Garden Container Ideas

    I suppose I’ve never been very creative in the garden; whenever I want to plant something, I always go for a boring old pot! But really, you can make a planter out of just about anything. Why not add a little bit of whimsy and charm to your garden with items you already have around the house? Here are a few of my favorite clever garden container ideas. Get inspired!

    Lots of clever garden container ideas! You can make a planter out of just about anything. Why not add a little bit of whimsy and charm to your garden with items you already have around the house?

    1. Shoe Planters

    Drill a few holes in the bottom for proper drainage, and you’ve got a charming little container! This works well for plants with small root systems, like succulents or herbs.

    2. Vintage Bicycle Planters

    A vintage bike is a whimsical way to show off your potted plants. Leave it as is, or spray paint it to match your garden’s theme.

    24 Creative Garden Container Ideas | Bicycle Planters!

    Top: flickr Bottom: Wave Avenue

    3. Cork Planters

    You can’t get much smaller than this! Succulents are perfect because they’re so hardy and you can just use a small clipping. Attach a magnet and place them on your fridge!

    24 Creative Garden Container Ideas | Wine cork planters!

    Source & Instructions: Upcycle That

    4. Tire Planters

    I love the new tire trend; they’re being upcycled in so many unique ways! With a little bit of creativity, you can incorporate them into your yard, too.

    24 Creative Garden Container Ideas |  Tire planters!

    1. LB&T 2. Architizer 3. Recaptured Charm

    5. Water Fountain Planters

    Water fountains make for enchanting petite gardens. How fun would it be to make a little garden with rocks, moss, small plants, and mini garden accessories?!

    6. Sink Planters

    How Clever! I suppose you could use just about anything as a planter. The sweet Alyssum on the first picture creates the illusion of soap suds around the carefully placed plates.

    24 Creative Garden Container Ideas | Sink planters!

    Top: My Home Ideas Bottom: Midwest Living

    7. Strainer Planters

    Because they’ve already got the holes for drainage, they’re perfect for potting plants! I love the idea of using a colorful vintage pasta strainer. Lovely for indoors or out.

    24 Creative Garden Container Ideas | Use an old pasta strainer as a planter!

    1. HGTV 2. Google+ 3. HGTV

    8. Tree Stump Planters

    What might now be an eyesore, can be a beautiful and natural flower pot. Use a chisel and hammer to carve out the middle of a tree stump or log, fill with soil, and then plant flowers of your choice.

    9. Natural Rock Planters

    Similar to the idea of hollowing out a tree stump, there are also plants that will grow really well in shallow rocks. You might already have a few rocks that are hollow enough to support succulents or dessert plants, but you can also group a few rocks or stones together to create a natural little rock garden.

    24 Creative Garden Container Ideas |  Use rocks as planters!

    1. Unknown 2. PFPlants 3. Cactus Pad

    10. Wheel Barrow Planters

    A wheel barrow planter is easy to move, making it convenient for watering, or moving out of bad weather or frigid temperatures.

    11. Toy Truck Planters

    A dump truck! This has got to be a bachelor’s ideal garden container. I think it’s quite whimsical and fun, myself! I can’t help but think of everything as a container for plants now. Who wants a boring old pot when you can have something unique like this!? The only thing I would suggest is to drill a few holes in the bottom for proper drainage.

    24 Creative Garden Container Ideas | Use toy trucks as planters!

    Top: Junk Market Bottom: Capers & Crayons

    12. Birdcage Planters

    Birdcages come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, and they’re ideal for showcasing your plants, especially plants that tend to hang and droop; spilling out of the cage.

    24 Creative Garden Container Ideas | Use bird cages as planters!

    1. Cottage Market 2. Brides of Adelaide 3. Enchanted Cottage

    13. Paint Can Planters

    They’re just the right size and shape! Drill a few holes in the bottom and decorate them however you’d like. Or, don’t decorate them at all! Just remove the label. I like the way they look in their natural state.

    24 Creative Garden Container Ideas | Use paint cans as planters!

    1. RePlayGround 2. Thea’s Mania 3. HGTV

    14. Tin Can Planters

    There are always an abundance of tin cans, and they make for cute gifts! I like this idea as a teacher’s gift. You could even write a special message on the outside.

    24 Creative Garden Container Ideas | Tin can planters!

    Source & Instructions: Dos Family

    15. Chandelier Planters

    What an awesome idea for a patio or hung from a tree! Use cascading plants like Ivy for the best result.

    24 Creative Garden Container Ideas | Chandelier planters!

    Top: Miss Modish Bottom: Etsy

    16. Cinder Block Planters

    Stacked cinder blocks have readymade compartments that are ideal for a variety of plants. You can stack and build them to create a wall or fit a custom space.

    24 Creative Garden Container Ideas | Use cinder blocks as planters!

    1. Bob Vila 2. Design Sponge 3. Pinterest

    17. Repurposed Shoe Holder

    Take advantage of vertical space with an over-the-door shoe holder! Use it to plant herbs for cooking, or just to decorate a wall or fence.

    18. Chair Planter

    Simply remove the seat so your pot can rest in the frame!

    24 Creative Garden Container Ideas | Use chairs as planters and garden display!

    1. Unknown 2. Seattle Times 3. Debra Prinzing

    19. Homemade Book Planters

    Pretty sweet way to decorate your home! Any book lover can appreciate this. And, you can find beautiful vintage books at thrift stores and antique malls for just pennies.

    24 Creative Garden Container Ideas | Use books as planters!

    Source & Instructions: Apartment Therapy

    20. Milk Carton Planters

    This is a cheap and easy way to create a one-of-a-kind centerpiece! You would never guess it was made out of a milk carton.

    24 Creative Garden Container Ideas | Cute planter made out of a milk carton!

    Source & Instructions: Camilla Fabbri

    21.Tool Box Planters

    Tool boxes have that upper and lower level, making them ideal for showcasing a mini garden.

    24 Creative Garden Container Ideas | Use old tool chests as a planter!

    1. Making Art 2. Curbshopaholic 3. Unknown

    22. Shell Planters

    Put all of those collected shells to use! Place them in your garden or use them as a table centerpiece.

    24 Creative Garden Container Ideas | Use shells for small plants!

    1. Etsy 2. radmegan 3. Unknown

    23. Boat Planters

    Talk about a boatload of flowers! You could plant an entire garden in there.

    24 Creative Garden Container Ideas | Old boats as planters!

    1. tumblr 2. flickr 3. SPL 4. HGTV

    24. Plantation Shutter Planters

    This is great way to cover up ugly wall space or even add a little privacy to your yard.

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